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Crestwood1001 09-26-2011 09:05 AM

Axel Seal
The WK is in the shop right now getting the tires, bilsteins and RR lift put on, I'm looking at the right rear axel and the seal is going back and leaking a small amount of grease. My mechanics are great but they don't know what involved in that repair on a WK so I'm coming to you guys for some explinations

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2005JGC 09-26-2011 11:36 AM

Re: Axel Seal
typically on the WK its the hub itself, its one bolt in piece, pull the rotors off, 4 18mm nuts on the back then work it out, and oring retains it on the ebrake backing plate so you have to get it a little bit out of the axle housing and take the oring off then work it out from the backing plate (which will stay on the vehicle due to the ebrake cable).

Crestwood1001 09-26-2011 12:56 PM

Another question, they were unable to finish the struts and lift on the front end today because the drivers side lower control arm bushings shot and the bolt won't come out, by lower control arm bushing I mean the on that attached the lower control arm the the "cup" that holds the strut on. We called the dealer and they won't sell it separately, we called aftermarket and they have a few things we ordered to see if they fit, and the only other option is a junk yard (really don't wanna do this) or they will seperate the ball joints and pull the axel and drop the whole thing just to get the strut out.
Do you know where I can get the bushing?

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jlewissystem 09-26-2011 01:25 PM

Re: Axel Seal
That bolt is called the "clevis bolt" and is a seveer PITA. Maybe 2005JGC can help out with some info on this, but I didnt even mess with that bolt after 2 hours of trying everything in the world on it. Not sure if it needs weight on it to come out or not. Additionally, you can complete the spring/strut swap without removing that bolt. Detach the upper assembly, as you normally would and lower the entire UCA and LCA. After that, you should be able to release the strut fork bolt (in the back of the lower strut fork) and be able to pull the shock up out of the fork. You may have to keep the upper strut plates attached and beat down on the strut fork, to get some wiggle room. Then reverse to re-assemble.
Not the best pic:

Crestwood1001 09-26-2011 01:39 PM

Well the only issue with that is that I'm installing the RC lift spacers to so I need room

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Crashtown 09-26-2011 02:04 PM

Re: Axel Seal
Some call it a clevis, some call it a strut fork. I have heard of several lifts getting installed without messing with the lower control arm bolt. My RK lift has longer strut forks instead of spacers, so I had to take the OEM ones off. Fortunately, rust in my part of the country is not an issue.

Crestwood1001 09-26-2011 02:17 PM

Yea that rubber is so ****ed up and rotted I wanna replace it anyway, my mechanic may have found one for me so its gonna be done before the week ends

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4.whoa 09-26-2011 04:23 PM

Re: Axel Seal
You can get all the front LCA bushings @ rock auto :thumbsup:

Crestwood1001 09-26-2011 07:24 PM

Re: Axel Seal
Link? I cant find them

Crestwood1001 09-26-2011 07:33 PM

Re: Axel Seal
Found them, I ordered both that were listed for the spot I need, right now I dont care how much it costs as long as it gets done, I need my poor jeep 100% for work

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