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Racer47
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Question How to Replace Rear Axle Seal

What does it take to replace the rear axle seals? I searched here and only found 2 bits of info. One is that you donít need to remove the rear cover. And the other is that someone paid a dealer $300 to do one side. Thatís roughly 2.5 hrs worth of flat rate time. Seems like a lot of work to me. Do the brake shoes need to come off? Will the axle slip out through the backing plate? Do any suspension parts need to be removed to get the axle out?

Any help would be appreciated. I would like to know what Iím getting into a little better before I start ripping into it. Itís a 2002 with 120k miles. And Iím getting tired of smelling gear lube and washing it off my trailer and the back of the Escape. Thanks.

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danno
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You do need to remove the spring, and it seems you need 3 special tools, one for the seal removal, one to remove the halfshaft through the backing plate, and another to pry the halfshaft from the differential.

I can e-mail you pictures from the Ford manual if you want them.


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Racer47
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Thanks for the reply. I can normally manage without the special tools, although they do make the job easier. But I sure could use the Ford manual pages. Please send them to my E-C user name at nconnect.net

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Racer47
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Thanks a lot for the manual pics. It does look like a lot of work.

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mattcow
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I replaced mine recently and it was somewhat strait forward.
In order to replace the rear axle shaft you must remove the CV shaft which means;
Wheel, axle/CV shaft nut, Trailing Arm-to-Body mount bolt*, lower shock mount bolt and I think one control arm have to be removed.

Obviously the old seal is garbage so use anything to remove it, just donít damage the inner surface of the rear end. I tapped in the new seal with a hammer and an old bearing that was the right diameter.

*This little star should be huge because the Trailing Arm-to-Body mount bolt can be hard to get off. See the write-up here http://www.escape-central.com/1foru...&threadid=33838
When I was struggling with this little bolt I may just have paid the $300.

Good luck,
Matt

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Racer47
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Thanks for the tips mattcow. The more I look at it, the less I feel like doing it. I'm just going to put it off for now.

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BWard
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I too have to do this procedure on my wifes 03 Escape, I would Love to see some pics on this procedure.
Thanks for the how to write up, I will print it out and go to work.

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