Add another name to the ever growing list of failed rear axle seals. Looking at the Service Manual, this seems like it could be a bigger project than I would care to undertake in my driveway (drilling and chiseling and pressed on bearings, etc.). Does the Manual just blow it a little out of proportion or is it really that labor intensive just to change the axle seal?
If I'm going to attempt this then I plan on changing both axle seals, pinion seal and bearing, removing & resealing the diff cover, rear brake pads including parking brake (since there's fluid all over the rotors and pads) and doing the DIY vent tube mod (to hopefully extend the life of the new seals). I've been trying to compile a list of things I'm going to need to change this stuff out and have a few questions:
- Do you really need to remove and install a new bearing ring retainer and bearing just to change the seal? Seems like a PITA!
- According to the service manual, there's a list of things that you should replace "after every disassembly" including the 4 axle shaft bearing cage nuts and the ABS sensor rotor. Do you really need to replace those or will it not hurt to reuse them?
- Is there anywhere online that sells a kit for this job that includes all the replacement parts you need?
- And on a DIFFerent note (pun intended
), does anyone know where I can get a factory Titan aluminum finned differential cover?
Thanks in advance!!!