How to Replace the Wheel Seal on a Car

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Replace the wheel seal--the rubber seal that wraps around the axle on your car--when installing high-performance brakes on a custom car; learn how in this free auto-restoration video.

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We've got the brake backing plate off and we're going to do a little bit of service work while we're in here. It's not part of the brake work, but by golly we got it all torn apart. We may as well replace the wheel seal here. That rubber seal that just hit the deck keeps the oil. You saw the oil draining out of the differential. That seal wraps around the axle and keeps the oil in there. So Mark's pulled the old seal out and he's going to install a new one. If you don't have a seal probably like the one Mark just used, a screwdriver can work. It's a little tougher, but it will work. Seals are universally numbered. If you have the wrong rear end in your car, if you can read the number off the old seal, you can get a new seal of any brand. All the brands use the same numbering system. Tap it really carefully all around the perimeter. You don't want to just bang on two spots; usually you'll knock it in with two blows or you'll bend the seal. These seals are really fragile.

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