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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Front axle dust seals popped off

The axle dust seals on both sides of my front axle popped off and are dangling there on the axle. They look like 3-4" diameter rubber rings

I was at the dealer this morning and they call them 'excluder seals' and quoted $730 to fix them (ouch!) because both wheel assemblies have to be removed to get access to them.

Is there a cheaper or alternative way to do this?

It appears they are not covered under 5/100K powertrain warranty either

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IMO, If you can't get the warranty to cover it (it should!), just cut them off until you have to do any other work like ball joints or wheel bearings, etc. Older style trucks never had those seals and there was no issue there.

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Mine have been dangling for 2-3 years without issue, I wouldn't sweat it. The inner seals will keep oil in and dust out.
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They are loose on both of my trucks.
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Same here. 3 years and not a single issue. Not worth the $ to repair because it's not really broken. You'd run more of a chance that the new seals cause a leak after the repair, than the old ones causing any problems.

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Mine have been dangling for the last couple years also, and I choose not to worry about it. Glad to hear its not just my truck.

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