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Old 08-23-2005, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default STI axle seal replacement?'s

I just ordered what I hope to be the right axle seals for my new 6 speed, as it didn't want to hold fluid w/o them I will hopefully be picking these up from the dealer tomorrow. I'm using WRX axles w/ the necessary axle stubs and circlips for installation, and I believe that the 6 speed is an 04' USDM.
My question is if I have to remove the differential retainer plates to get to the front axle seals? It looks like this is the case. If so, what is the best way to go about doing this? As I now have to measure for preload and set this thing up properly.
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Old 08-26-2005, 01:16 PM   #2
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Finally going to dealer today to get seals. Anybody ever change these? I'm sure im not the first.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:43 PM   #3
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Yes, I have replaced them and you must remove the retainer/backlash plates to install them and they are also directional, so make sure you check that the arrow is showing the correct direction on the seals.

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Old 08-26-2005, 02:48 PM   #4
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Sorry, forgot to tell you that all you must do is mark them and count the spins out and reinstall them. Put plenty of lithium grease on the stub shafts and seals to they don't get caught up on anything. Do one at a time!

I am assuming you have the tranny in the car, correct?

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Old 08-26-2005, 05:57 PM   #5
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yep it in alright. Whats the best way to remove these things? Hammer and some sort of punch that wont damage them, or do I really need this special tool?
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:26 PM   #6
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this is the only thread i've read where anyone talks of having to take out the retainer/backlash plates... sure this is necessary for just replacing a seal? just dont want to mess with it if i dont have to...
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:02 PM   #7
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:25 AM   #8
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bump..anyone come up with a more safer method to remove the retainer/backlash plates than the caveman method with a hammer?
FYI the service tools are around $260 for R/L side
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I use a spanner wrench that I had laying around. Like the ones used to adjust coilover shocks.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:26 PM   #10
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I just changed an axle seal in my 5mt. I used a punch and a mallet. Tapped it a little at a time and it came right off.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:56 PM   #11
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a punch? dont you have to pull? i'm in the process of doing mine now... i got a 'seal puller' from autozone for $7, and it did the trick, i scoured the tranny a bit but on recommendation from a tech i cleaned it up and used permatex gasket sealant in there so i think it should be fine. just be careful to only hook the lip of the seal slightly and try not to push outward and scour the metal insert of the tranny housing as you pull the seal out.
as for popping the axle out of the 6MT a 25" prybar between the tranny housing and green cv boot case did the trick. i believe its different for the 5MTs though becaue the circlip has to be removed from the inside.
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