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I guess the next time before I accept your answer, I will try what you say and see how much you don't tell.
Do you have to pull both axles out and then the hog head, and what is the torque on the four bolts that hold the hog head?
You have to understand that I'm a helicopter mechanic and nothing is done without a manual no matter how many times you've done the job before. I have done several Chevy front axles several years ago and many Dodges' and Chevy rear ends. This is my first time ever being inside a Dodge front end.
Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is Denny; now let me see if I can help you with Dodge question.
I can send you detailed instructions, but first; does your dodge axle have a vacuum actuated axle disconnect on the right axle tube?
there are 2 types out there; one with the disconnect, and one straight without.
Denny, I'm sorry for being so long getting back to you. I don't know why brown jeff couldn't answer my question.I actually thought that the seal was farther in the tube than it was. Just a simple thing as asking about the vacuum motor and then telling me it was behind there and the job is done. Just a straight forward answer was all I needed. Thank you so much Denny.
Denny, I don't think that I ever gave you a positive responce after your help on Oct.12th. I hope that I'm not too late but, I wanted to say that you were very helpful and I appreciated your help, even more after having to deal with Brown Jeff. You are obviously very knowledgable. You first asked which axle I had before telling me what to do. I didn,t know the differance between the two available differentials. You made the repair so easy, without being an ass about it, thank you so much. If I ever need any more help with my Dodge, I will want you to help.
The special tool was not available anywhere. I went to our Dodge dealer here in town and asked them what they use and to see if I could rent their tool. They don't have the Dodge tool, they use a piece of all thread and a stack of washers. I did manage to fabricate my own tool with a piece of 1/2 inch all thread, and a couple of washers and two nuts. I welded the washers and one nut together and used a steel plate larger than the axle tube and the other nut on the other end. I had to grind the washer to the same size as the seal. I put the piece of all thread through the axle tube and put the seal and washer onto the all thread through the hole where I removed the vacuum actuator, then I put the plate and nut on the other end and tightened the nut until the seal was seated.
Once again, I want to thank you for your professionalism and your knowledge.