Passenger Side Axle Seal -

2nd Gen Ram Tech 1994-2001 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 1994 through 2001 Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.

Passenger Side Axle Seal

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-23-2013, 10:15 AM
xcentrik05 xcentrik05 is offline
Registered User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2012
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ Off-Road Pkg
Posts: 19
Default Passenger Side Axle Seal

Hey Guys, another day, another problem.

i recently replaced the ball joints and outer tie rod ends on both sides and in the process must've damaged my passenger axle seal because now I'm losing diff fluid at the axle tube.

ball joints and tie rods are the hardest jobs i've done. I've read that the passenger side seal isn't that bad. pavementsucks has a write up on doing both axle seals and says the passenger side can be knocked into the CAD area and reseated from there without having to drop the carrier. Has anyone done just the passenger and can tell me how hard a job it is for a fairly competent one-man team?

Is it as simple as
1. remove tire, caliper, rotor, hub, axle shaft
2. knock old seal into CAD area, remove old seal
3. install new seal.
4. install tire, caliper, rotor, hub, axle shaft
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2013, 10:47 AM
HeyYou's Avatar
HeyYou HeyYou is offline
Super Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2010
Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram 2500
Location: Adrian, MI
Posts: 40,537

Pretty much. The tricky part is installing the new seal..... no room for a seal driver and hammer, so, you need to come up with something to pull it into place. There is a special tool for just such a purpose, but, most folks just make something up out of threaded rod, and some nuts and washers of the right size.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2013, 12:32 PM
AtomicDog AtomicDog is offline
Record Breaker
Join Date: Sep 2012
Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9 Magnum 4x4 SLT
Location: Central VA
Posts: 1,168

+1 on the use of the threaded rod, nuts and washers. Luckily, I have a good friend that has a lathe and a Bridgeport and he made me up a seal puller puck to install the seal, very similar to the one sold by Quad4x4. For more info, see the links below - the first is a You Tube video of the seal replacement process and the second is a link to Quad 4x4's site for their Dodge seal related products:

With time, patience and a few tools, the seal replacement job isn't too bad..
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2013, 12:38 PM
merc225hp's Avatar
merc225hp merc225hp is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Vehicle: Big Black Ram
Location: N/A
Posts: 4,664

Give it a few days for the oil to run out of the tube. Some oil will have leaked into the tube when the shaft was out and it will take a few days for it all to come out. Seals might be fine.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 06:03 PM
SparkMasterB SparkMasterB is offline
Join Date: Dec 2011
Vehicle: VW+RAM
Location: CT
Posts: 55

Here is the home-made tool in case anyone was wondering:

I plan on doing this this weekend or so. Any idea if the driver's side seal's fail much. Everywhere I've been looking people are replacing the passenger side. This is on an 01 with 115k miles.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 09:33 PM
dhvaughan's Avatar
dhvaughan dhvaughan is offline
Hall Of Fame
Join Date: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 01 1500 4wd
Location: Gainesville, Ga.
Posts: 12,203

+1 on wait a few days to see if your drainage is just runoff from pulling the axle. but do monitor oil level in the diff. no need to overfill it...

someone posted that they used a seal driver from a harbor freight kit, and only had to grind off a smidgen for it to clear the seal cavity on the inside of the cad. the harbor freight kit is pretty cheap, something like 20-30 bucks. that would be a lot easier than my approach where i welded a smaller washer over a larger washer and then had to grind it down to fit inside the cad.
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[4th Gen : 01-07]: 2007 GC SXT Rear Evaporator Replacement MarkWilliams64 Dodge Caravan 2 07-26-2015 04:03 PM
wrecked 99 no start now cutthroatxxx 2nd Gen Ram Tech 11 07-22-2015 10:51 AM
Whats up with this friggin window camijack63 2nd Gen Dakota 1 07-18-2015 05:33 PM
Another rookie question... Gtrjunior Dodge Journey 8 07-11-2015 04:41 PM
pcv valve location ruben7913 2nd Gen Dakota 1 07-10-2015 06:00 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:23 AM.