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Old 01-29-2012, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Right rear wheel has oil in it and it appears to be a o ring from what I've read. I can't find how to dissasemble the hub to replace the seal. Looks pretty straight forward, Do I need to look at the bearing unit for any damage? How do I get the hub off? Do I need to put any grease in the bearing unit or just let the diff fluid lubricate it. Any assistance would be great.

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it is the o-ring, it is between the hub and the axle housing, not inside the hub that can't be opened.
You may still have a leak from the hub, which would mean replacing the whole hub assembly.
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A good thing to check with axle and/or hub oil leaks is to make sure your axle vent is not clogged.
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I haven't done this in awhile, but I think if you remove the brake caliper and disc, you'll see four bolts that attach the hub/axle assembly to the axle housing.
Make sure you can remove the diff fill plug, then drain the diff fluid. When you pull those 4 bolts out the whole assembly should slide out, axle included. Fit the new o-ring and reinstall. Then put in some new diff fluid. Jobs pretty simple and shouldn't take more than an hour or two even if it's your first time.
Like mike said could be a bad hub, but if you have a lot of grease on the disc and caliper and no play or roaring sound while turning, it's probably the o-ring seal. Atlantic British has the o-rings.
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You also might need an impact screwdriver to remove the Phillips that attached the disc the the hub. I think it's a #4 Phillips bit. All mine came off easily, but I've heard of folks having a hard time.
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Mike, someone suggested I make sure the vent tube is clear, where is this mysterious tube? As well, I have the Rave manual and I couldn't see the portion for this job. However, it sounds as though when I refit the o rings the axle and everything comes out, is this the case? Thanks again
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removing the whole hub flange/axle keeps you from having to fight the stake nut (big nut in the center of hub)

it would make more sense if you could see it. in my rave, it's under the DII workshop manual/rear axle. i've actually never used the rave and i found it in about 2 minutes.
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where is this mysterious tube?
It's the plastic tube, assuming it hasn't been ripped off, that goes in to a fitting on top of the axle tube (housing).
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