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Bboy LiMiT 10-30-2011 01:12 AM

Passenger side axle seal leak
I saw today that my transmission was leaking from the passenger axle seal. I also noticed that there was a bolt right below the little plate that the axle sits in. Can I take that plate out and replace the oil seal without taking the transmission out? Would any kind of stop leak be safe?

blk05WRX 10-31-2011 12:06 PM

A picture would really help here. It's leaking from the axle boot you can sometimes get away with just tightening the clamp on the end of the boot. If you've got a lot of miles, you may need to replace the axles.

BoostinChick 10-31-2011 12:13 PM

OP is talking about the plate that goes around where the axle goes into the trans (the retainer plate) -

Closer look -

It's held on by a single 12mm bolt. Taking that plate off won't help you replace the seal w/o removing the axle. You don't have to remove the trans to replace the seal: [url][/url]

wagonracer 10-31-2011 05:49 PM

Nice work on the pics and the "how to". I must point out though that his tranny has the stub shafts coming out of the trans, like the pics from NASIOC. The first two pics show the later style (where the stub shaft is part of the axle)

BoostinChick 10-31-2011 05:57 PM

Yes, good point! Forgot to mention that lol, but was just trying to let blk05WRX know what piece the OP was referring to. The "How-To" I posted is specific for the 02-03 so should be accurate.

rex2002 10-31-2011 06:03 PM

have fun taking that differential side retainer out. it was a pia. i used a flat head screwdriver and chipped a couple teeth on the retainer but it did come out and i ended up buying a new one to replace the chipped one. also make sure its the seal leaking and not the input shaft seal,b/c mine was also leaking in the same area and after replacing the seal it still leaked. come to find out my input shaft seal was leaking. which involves taking out the whole tranny to replace that seal

Bboy LiMiT 11-01-2011 11:01 AM

Boostin Chick: thanks a lot
Rex: Was it leaking in front of the transmission also?

rex2002 11-01-2011 05:43 PM

[quote=Bboy LiMiT;270352]
Rex: Was it leaking in front of the transmission also?[/quote]
it was leaking pretty much where the input shaft sits in the tranny which is in the middle of the tranny.leaked out the case and onto the axle seal area which made me assume that it was just the seal. if i were you replace axle seals since your down there might as well do both. then if its still leaking then the only other place it could leak is drain plug,input shaft seal or if the tranny it self was cracked. in my case the tranny only leaked when the car was idle and not moving i would look under car to check for leaks and nothing. i would go drive down the road park it give it a couple mins and look under, and i seen tranny fluid. so if any of this sounds like your case it may be your input shaft seal.

Bboy LiMiT 11-03-2011 03:14 PM

I'll keep that in mind Rex2002 but it definately looks like it was the axle seal to me. It has just a little trans fluid around the axle area and a single line running down to the bottom of the trans where it drops off. I went ahead and got both seals because, like you, I figured I may as well just do both of them. I got them in today but it's raining and should be raining all day and I have drill this weekend :(. I'll let you guys know whether it stops leaking or not when I replace the seals tho.

pzr2874 11-04-2011 06:22 AM

I would order new boots and clamps as well since yur there. My 2˘

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