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Old September 10th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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Which direction to install rear outer hub seal?

Finally getting around to replacing my rear diff and new seals/bearings.

Since I am waiting on stub axle seals [1], I am not in a hurry to install the outer hub seal so I'd like to make sure I do it right [2]. I assume they just go in lip first, flat side or the outer ring outward so I have a surface to press on, but whats making me doubt this is that the seals say "this way to stub axle" on that flat surface. So on the inner seals this looks correct, but if you flip the hub over, this now implies the seals would go in backwards to what I would have done.

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[1] I have to be breaking some kind of record here for the length of time my truck has been on jackstands for a stupid simple repair.
[2] i dissasembled them so long ago I have forgotten the orientation.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 11:05 PM
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you are correct, when inserted you should have the flat side towards you and make sure they go all the way in. They should sit 4mm below the lip of the hub and don't forget to add grease to the hubs inner wall too
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Old September 11th, 2005, 09:48 AM
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Thanks David!
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Old September 17th, 2005, 12:15 PM
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Can someone confirm the outer hub seal is the same size as the inner? I can't get these started yet the inners installled real easy which makes me wonder if these should have a smaller outer diameter?

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Old September 17th, 2005, 10:38 PM
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you only install one seal in the hub, behind the inner wheel bearing.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 01:21 AM
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you only install one seal in the hub, behind the inner wheel bearing.
Doh! That would explain it wouldn't it!



Boy, I got a bad batch of parts on this job. Got double the hub seals and no axle stub seal and gasket. I ordered those and the ones that came were too small. grrr.

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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:25 AM
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I just checked my own manual (for a '94) and it shows an outer seal. So not sure wtf to think at this point. I'm moving forward without it I guess. I dissasembled this way to long ago to remember if I had one before and it's time this thing got put back together!

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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:46 AM
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The pics Dave posted are correct, I have had mine apart quiet a few times and thats what they look like.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 12:00 PM
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Thanks Mike.

Now to get this "feels right" hub nut tightning thing right

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Old September 18th, 2005, 12:36 PM
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lol, it's not all that bad, and to be sure you did it right you can always pull the shaft out ad check the nuts are tight after you drive a few miles. If ya get stuck, you know how to reach me.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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Yeah I saw an old post with instructions. I dont have the hub not tool that you can put a torque wrench on so i did it by feel. As for checking it, dont forget I have to remove the wheels first since I still have the stock alloys

Well, shes out of the garage and the kids are washing her now! I dont have the rear driveshaft in as I need to replace a few grease fittings that got sheared off and maybe one of the ujoints as I'm having trouble getting the old thread out of that one. But able to drive it never the less! Whoohoo.

Thanks again to Mike, David and this forum to help me get this done.

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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:23 PM
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Glad it's back on the road!

And Dave thanks for the pics of the hubs, I am sure they will be useful down the road for someone else!
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:34 PM
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Glad it's back on the road!
Well, its a rover....

Started on the first turn after sitting for > 2 months, so a good start.

I drove around the block and parked in the driveway to give it a wash.

There she sits. Was dead as a doornail when I went to move it later. Got as far as verifying the battery wasn't dead from the kids turning the lights on or something, but still need to diagnose whats wrong

But yes its not on jackstands!

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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:49 PM
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LOL! No way! Man they are so fickle!
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glad to help.
Good to hear you at least got it around the block. Now that you got the wheel hub thing licked, time to move on to the next problem. Hey, it's a Land Rover.
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Just thinking Charles, maybe you blew a fuse you might want to pull them out and check.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 12:06 AM
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I think its just loose battery terminals believe it or not

I got around to looking at this today. I wanted to put in my new starter since I was running the old and rule that out. Started right up afterwards. Drove it and it was dead again at the first stop. I futzed with the terminals and she came to life. Will get it sorted out this weekend

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