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Old 01-05-2019, 07:21 PM   #1
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I recently removed my axles to drop my transmission for a clutch job. Like an idiot, I did not replace the seals and they began to leak. Having an 08 with male axles, is it still a good idea to remove the sundials? Not sure if the sundials have a seal that needs to be replaced like older STIs or am I just worrying about popping the old seals out from the outside and popping new ones in?
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:14 PM   #2
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They install externally. Make sure the the spring from the lip comes out with the old seals - usually the leak is a result of that spring becoming displaced.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:01 AM   #3
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After replacing the seals externally and still having a leak, I decided to remove the sundials. There was an O ring on them causing my leak after all! Iím taking a break from re assembly right now, but will be back in awhile with (hopefully) final results!
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:39 PM   #4
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..an update to my post.. After pulling the sundials and replacing the O rings, I applied a VERY thin layer of BLACK oil resistant rtv around the outside of the axle seals and pressed them into the dials with them out of the car. The seal only goes in far enough for it to be flush. For any 08+ guys, it is still in fact a good idea to remove the sundials and replace the o rings so you donít have to do the job twice. Also and important note: mark the teeth on the sundials and trans and count your turns. Should be somewhere around 5 to remove and they must go in the same exact way! No more gear lube leaks here!
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:29 PM   #5
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THANK YOU I DIDNT EVEN THINK TO USE RTV! Iíll start ripping it back apart tomorrow.
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