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I have a 2011 manual Pro 4X and recently noticed some discoloration on the driver side rear wheel dust cover, and wheel hub, indicating an internal leak. I’m assuming it’s the rear axle seal from what I’ve gathered. The only videos I’ve seen were from a guy with a frontier doing a replacement, and it involved a pneumatic press and an angle grinder, both of which I do not have. Is there a kit available or pre assembled axle shaft I can purchase and put in myself? Or is this something better left for a shop to handle? Lastly I’m assuming I should replace both sides at the same time unless directed otherwise.
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I went through this a few years ago. It was caused by a clogged axle vent. Salted/sanded roads clog up the vent and it was rusted closed. I went ahead and replaced sides and bought the Toyota vent kit along with tubing and haven't had issues since. I also replaced the brakes and parking pads, since there was axle grease all over the pads. One precaution to take, be gentle removing the ABS sensor. The driver side costs more than twice as much as the passenger. My driverside was seized and I had to buy one. I think it was as much as one of the axles.
 

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Yes there is a complete axle shaft with bearing and seal installed. Its a bit pricy, compared to the diy kit. In fact you can likely buy a press and grinder for about the same or cheaper. Advantage being if one side has gone, the other side is gonna go at some point too, and then you have whats needed to do the other side.

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Thanks for the links on the assembled kit and the info on the press and angle grinder. I’m weighing my options and pricing it all out now to see what’s worth it in the long run. I’ll probably just do both sides at the same time rather than wait for the other side to go out
 

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I actually have the Off-road Gorilla breather vent kit installed, with the K&N filter, and I have it tucked up behind my rear taillight. I’ll definitely be careful with the ABS sensor, trying to buy only what I need and not break anything extra in the process
 

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I actually have the Off-road Gorilla breather vent kit installed, with the K&N filter, and I have it tucked up behind my rear taillight. I’ll definitely be careful with the ABS sensor, trying to buy only what I need and not break anything extra in the process
 

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FWIW I opted to have a Jeep specialist shop do my axle seal about four years ago. At that time it was about $200 labor, which I felt was reasonable. I'm not sure if doing the other side preemptively is worth it, but others may disagree.

 

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I actually have the Off-road Gorilla breather vent kit installed, with the K&N filter, and I have it tucked up behind my rear taillight. I’ll definitely be careful with the ABS sensor, trying to buy only what I need and not break anything extra in the process
Did you install the vent kit before noticing the leakage?
 

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The harbor freight axle puller worked for the job and wasn't too expensive. The greasy side came out easy but the other took a few wacks.
I received the pre assembled axle from Z1 and picked up an axle puller, I’ll attempt to do the job this weekend. I didn’t think of it until now but will I also need diff fluid? Or is the the system closed and separate from the axle shaft?
 

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Accomplished the job in a few hours over the weekend. I ended up just purchasing the axle puller, and slide hammer as it was only $60, came in a decent case that can store other attachments as well. Sure enough the seal to the axle was shot, there should be 3 distinct ridges and mine had worn down to be a flush surface. The slide hammer made the job significantly easier, it literally only took one hit and it popped right out. I also left the ebrake/drum brake installed, despite other instructions saying to remove it, it didn’t interfere or get in the way at all. I did however remove the ABS sensor, which is easy enough and avoids damaging it in the process.
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