[DML] Re: Grady solution for weeping manual transmission axel seals
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[DML] Re: Grady solution for weeping manual transmission axel seals

The spot that the seal rides on, on the flange, eventually gets a
groove worn into it from the seal riding on it. This reduces the
tension of the seal. You can replace the flange and seal, you can try
to position the new seal slightly over so it rides on a different part
of the flange, you can get a "Redi-Sleeve" from P J Grady or a power
transmission distributer, or you can get the flange repaired. There
are shops that can build up the area with flame-sprayed weld and then
the area is remachined back to it's origional dimension. Aside from
the mess the leak makes you should check the level inside. After years
of slow drips the level can get very low. Changing the gear oil with
some fresh stuff may also help your leak. If it is overfilled it will
cause it to leak too. If you have not resealed the case then it will
leak at the case half seams. Don't use Hylomar, use silicone gasket
sealer. Maybe just leave a paper towel on the spot on the floor. Even
in the Smithstonian Air and Space Museum they have leaky machinery.
They use a small metal pan with some Speedi-Dry in it. The pads that
you can buy to train puppies is very nice. It is a paper absorbant pad
with a plastic covering on one side. You just tape it to the floor and
change it once in a while. People laugh at this kind of thing until
you move the car and someone steps in the mess! If you go with the
sleeve it is very important you get it started straight. They are very
thin and can get wrinkled up easily if you get crooked. Be careful,
those things have some very sharp edges.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "cruznmd" <racuti1@xxxx> wrote:
> Basically, after years of rotation in the lip seal, the axle flange
wears down a 
> bit. Grady sells a thin metal collar that you (gently) hammer onto
the flange. 
> This beefs up the thickness enough to provide a good seal, not to
mention if it 
> ever wears down again you can cut it off and install another collar.
> I bought it. Worked for me and it's much cheaper than a new axle
flange. Word 
> on the street is, if you install a new seal without replacing the
flange or collar 

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