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Rear Axel Seal Replacement

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I am new to this site and this is my first post. I am on my second Nissan Frontier. I have always liked the truck. First was a 98, now I have an 06 Nissmo. My question is that I just had 2 new rear axle seals replaced by the dealer. I thought it was odd that both would be bad but then came across a post on the Titan website about a bad pressure valve which in turn plugs and blows your seals. This makes sense now. The dealer also put in 2 new wheel bearings which I feel it did not need for $60 each. He told me they have to cut the bearings off to get at the seal but could not produce the bearings for me to look at 3 hours after I dropped it off to be fixed. Said they were at the bottom of the dumpster. Anyone have any past experience with this or better yet, replace the seals themselves?
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Hello,

I am new to this site and this is my first post. I am on my second Nissan Frontier. I have always liked the truck. First was a 98, now I have an 06 Nissmo. My question is that I just had 2 new rear axle seals replaced by the dealer. I thought it was odd that both would be bad but then came across a post on the Titan website about a bad pressure valve which in turn plugs and blows your seals. This makes sense now. The dealer also put in 2 new wheel bearings which I feel it did not need for $60 each. He told me they have to cut the bearings off to get at the seal but could not produce the bearings for me to look at 3 hours after I dropped it off to be fixed. Said they were at the bottom of the dumpster. Anyone have any past experience with this or better yet, replace the seals themselves?

had a seal replaced on mine and they never mentioned anything about bearings.

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Was it a rear seal? Anyone else had a seal replaced?
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Was it a rear seal? Anyone else had a seal replaced?
yes it was.

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This has been discussed in great length on the Titan forums and I'm guessing on here as well. Though I havent searched so I'm not entirely sure about that.
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About a month ago I had the passenger side seal replaced on teh rear axle, along with the bearings. I took it in because there was alot of oil, in my opinion, on that side of the axel. They replaced it in about 1.5 hours, and yes they replaced the bearings. They didn't charge me a penny. They even topped off the axle oil, which I wound up draining and replacing last weekend with sythetic.

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I have an 06 KC. About a month ago I noticed leaking around the differential bolts and a whining sound at 40 - 55mph. The dealer here replaced the entire axle. Sometimes I still hear a whirring sound while accelerating but it is not leaking any more.
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I have not done seals/bearings on the newer Frontier yet. I have done a few axle and pinion seals on the Titans. On the Titans, you do have to cut the bearings off to get to the seal. The seal is on the outer most part of your axle than the bearing. The bearings are pressed on. At our shop we heat the new bearing and it drops right into place onto the axle.

On the Titans there is a pressure relief/vent that gets plugged and it forces gearlube out through the seals. When we replace the seals, we clean out the vent. It seems to be a poor design since anyone who backs their truck into the water to unload their boats/watercraft, have a tendency to submerge their rear axle. I know on Jeeps, they have a hose that brings the vent up a lot higher on the body.
I'll have to check out the Frontier tomorrow to see how it's designed.

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