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Old 03-21-2012, 07:34 PM
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2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

Hello, my rear axle bearing/seals are finally about shot. Saw some oil making its way to the tire, more than a weep and I knew it was time. Ordered National Bearings @22.50 per delivered #A-49, and 2 National seals #2146.
Does anyone have experience with these bearings, AdvAuto wanted $44 per for same part.
I also got it all tore down, very simple really, just having trouble with pulling the axle, i tapped on it a few times but didnt want to beat on it, im gonna break down, rent the puller tomorrow.
Never used an axle puller, any tips appreciated, seems simple dont want to bend backing plate.

well here are some progress pics, she ll be sitting while the new bearings arrive and NAPA removes and installs/presses new bearings for me. Thanks all. Any experiences, trouble shooting appreciated, I dont plan on removing the brake cable/sensor behind the plate, seems it can stay.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:22 PM
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

Yep, the first thing I do is grab my puller to get the axles out, never wasted my time trying any other way. A coworker did tell me he used to take the brake rotor, turn it around and use it as a puller, putting lug nuts on a couple threads then slamming it into the lug nuts... you could try it but I have had some axles take a couple solid blows with 1.5 to 2 feet of acceleration of the weight on the slide hammer.

Make sure you unbolt the flange from the axle housing (4 9/16ths nuts) or that axle is going NOWHERE
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

I'm getting ready to do this after work today. I went to change the rear brakes yesterday and decided it needed to be changed now. The amount of oil on my dust shield/caliper/wheel makes yours look good.

I'm getting a slide hammer today after work. Hopefully that works well.
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

yep i pulled those 4 flange bolts and turned a rotor backwards, threaded lugs and gave it a few whacks ystrday. I didnt like the idea of banging on the threads like that so I opted for the slide hammer ill be grabbing today.

This is the rental slide hammer, will this work for my application?

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...T|GRP2083_____

I hope it does.
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yep i pulled those 4 flange bolts and turned a rotor backwards, threaded lugs and gave it a few whacks ystrday. I didnt like the idea of banging on the threads like that so I opted for the slide hammer ill be grabbing today.

This is the rental slide hammer, will this work for my application?

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...T|GRP2083_____

I hope it does.
That should work. The metal attachment shown on the bottom center will go on the end of the hammer and attach to the lug studs.
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

slide hammer is the name of the game. Three firm pulls and they're out. Waiting on bearings from TX, should arrive in next day or 2.

Driver side axle is about 1 inch longer if you mix up the two! Looking forward to applying a thin layer of rtv on outside of seal and carefully reinsering the axles.

Napa should have the Axles and bearings in hand shortly for press. Look for more progress pics soon.

Any thoughts, imputs, experiences from this step on are all greatly appreciated!
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

I just got mine out as well. Now I'm waiting until tomorrow for the shop to open up so I can get the bearing pressed on. Did you make sure to remove the bearing races from the axle tubes? It's just on the inside and slides right out.



I anticipate everything going back together pretty smooth. Slide axles back in, rotate so the splines match up, gently seat w/ hand sledge, tighten retaining plate nuts, and close everything up.

If I find anything out of the ordinary, I'll post it up.
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

yep wiggled out the race from the tube. Did you opt for the Timken (Mopar) bearings?

I Felt kinda guilty when the outer race which i wiggled out has 'Timken USA' stamped on it and I went with the 'National' brand replacement bearings. I figure they should hold up nice, I run Lucas 80/90 quality diff oil, but just couldn't spend 50$ per bearing here.

But yes im also anticipating smooth install. Gonna check said diff oil level after install, a decent bit tricked out of the tubes.
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

I went with two of these:
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/axle-sh...d35wj-abk.html

I pulled the rear diff. cover off before I started working on the axles. I figured I have 112k miles and don't know when/if it was changed. I know it hasn't been changed since ~75k miles, when I bought it.
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

I got mine in today, not issues.

For reference, the retaining plate has a notch in it and that goes right next to the ABS sensor. If I remember correctly, the torque on the retaining plate nuts is 45 lb-ft.
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Re: 2000 D35 axle bearing/seal

I can almost smell the Diff fluid in the pics. Cool to see two people tackling this at the same time and collaborating.
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