HOW-TO: Drivers Side Axle Seal Replacement
First follow one of these two HOW-TO’s on replacing your axles.
Once you get your drivers side axle out, you will need the following.
New Axle Seal (Drivers Side) part number 05069052AA
L Shaped Pry Bar
Wooden block (2x3 or 2x4) or PVC Pipe
Reach inside the seal with your finger and you'll feel a metal lip. It will be only a little ways beyond the rubber seal itself. Do not pry behind this aluminum lip. You will bend it. I have seen some saying to use a screw and work your way through the inner circumference, prying at it a little each time. You will maul the inside of the seal, but it will come out. I tried this at first but I wasn’t having much luck. I was bending my screw drivers. I found an L shape pry bar and stuck it in right before the aluminum lip and pulled, it came right out. It was so easy.
To install the new seal use a block of wood or PVC pipe that covers the entire surface of the seal and hit it directly in the middle with the rubber mallet. The seal has to be installed with pressure being even around the entire seal or it will go in crooked every time and you'll have to do it again. This part took me a couple tries. It was hard to swing mallet with barely any room. But I eventually got it on the third try. Double check that it is flush, then follow the directions in the Axle Replacement How-To’s to put everything back together.
Here's some Pics:
New Seal comes pre-lubricated
New Seal Bag
Aluminum Lip with old seal out
New Seal installed