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Picked up my True-Trac'd rear yesterday, and noticed the half-shaft (side-shafts?) seals were leaking when it's tilted on it's side.

Is there any prep for the seals to function correctly (like driving the car to heat them)? I was going to install the rear today, but was reluctant 'cause I have no extra seals to swap in if those are bad.

I know some cars' output shaft seals (transmission) can leak if the car isn't driven for a period of time; I was curious if the same is true for new seals.
 

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You probably have grooves worn in the output shafts. They pop right out if you want to take a look. Changing to new seals may actually cause a leak, since the old seals were worn into that groove. I imagine a decent machine shop can stick some of those SS sleeves on the shafts.

When I did mine, I had to hunt around to find a set of shafts that were not grooved real bad.
 

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I have three sets of side-shafts. Each have more groove than Motown. So I decided to replace the new seals with the older seals from another carrier. Replaced the left side; fixed that leak.
But now I'm having a PITA time pulling the right shaft. It seems like the retaining spring clip may be wedged in the splines (somehow) and won't release the shaft. :mad:

Looks like I need a larger puller.

*Note - test drove the new LSD; kicks arse! Can't wait to try it at the track (whenever I control this anal leakage).
 

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Get one of those sleeve repair kits at the part store if you can get one in the right size. Other than that you can drive the seal to a different depth so its out of the groove. HTH
 

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Sleeve repair kits? Please define (parts nomenclature / where to purchase); sounds like the best alternative.
 

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Best source is probably a local machine shop. These sleeves are std stuff in the machine repair world. They would have the measuring equip and the knowledge of how to fit them.
 

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Sounds like a plan. I'll check around town this week. If I go this route, I'll make sure to take pics.

Thanks, DS
 
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