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Old June 28th, 2005, 09:37 AM
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Temp fix for leaky swivel ball seal?

My swivel ball seal is toasted and has thrown all the one shot grease out - the steering now is ver hard. This morning I re-filled it with 80/90 gear oil and it's much easier to drive but it's getting thrown out all over the inside of the wheel and hub. Any thoughts on what might be the best short term solution to keep lube inside? Maybe a combination of one shot grease and gear oil?

Has anyone written up the procedure for replacing the swivel ball seals?

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Old June 28th, 2005, 10:44 AM
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Some helpful links.

http://www.expeditionlandrover.info/LRhubseal.htm

http://www.jpurnell.com/RR/repairs/s...all%20info.htm

http://www.roversnorth.com/RRD04/RRD...D04_page42.htm
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you could always cut a new seal replace the old with the cut one then use silicone to seal the cut.
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Old June 28th, 2005, 03:48 PM
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Has anyone had success with the "cut seal" method?

So you just clean the area, pull off the old seal and cut it off. Then carefully cut the new one and tap it into place with the cut side at the very top then seal it with silicone?

That sounds like the best way to do it. Anyone know what the part number is?
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Old June 28th, 2005, 03:49 PM
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If your steering has suddenly gotten very hard you may have more problems - I exploded a CV joint cage on the way to MAR last year in my Range Rover - some of the chunks of the cage got between the outer housing and the swivel ball and caused heavy drag on the steering. Smaller chunks got into the seal and caused it to leak. Sudden large leaks are very suspicious - these seals tend to start slow and work up to a big leak - unless a stick got jammed in it.

On other rovers when the seal started to leak I've had good luck taking a small hook tool and carefully cleaning out the trash that's behind the lip of the seal - sometimes some mud or stuff gets behind the lip and causes a leak - a good flossing will sometimes cure it.
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Just do it right to start with....
Road wheel off, brake caliper off and tied out the way, undo the 7 bolts that hold the swivel onto the axle case, swivel out complete with drive shaf t& CV in situe, undo the small bolts that hold the seal in position, new seal in and assembly is the reverse of disassembly. Oh and the whole thing out in a oner is bl**dy heavy
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If your steering has gone heavy you may be too late for a quick fix. The CV joint may well have already eaten itself.
Best strip it right down before an accident is caused
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