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Yes you can do it without the special tool. Using a socket, or seal installer and tapping the seal into place with a hammer where the differential would be or using the same tool and a long rod out the axle tube and hit it there with a hammer to drive it in. I do not use the special tool, because I do not want to spend the time in my dealers tool room looking for it from the prior tech misplacing it.
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You drive the seal into the housing about 1/4 inch past where it would be flush up against the back of the differential side bearing race.
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