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Old 01-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Finished up the back brakes about a month ago where I changed the hardware, wheel cylinders, lines, shoes and visually checked the rear axle seals. No leaks. Backed the car out to o for a drive on Saturday when we had a 60 degree day to find a puddle of gear oil under the left tire. So much for the drive.

Looks like I need a new seal. Decided that while I'm taking things apart, I would change the fluid, seals and bearings. Been a long time since I bought seals and bearings.

Checking the websites, I'm finding Timken bearings, NAPA has two in their listing and also their brand of seals. I also found Felpro seals. Any thoughts on brands? I know that there are many parts imported today and it has been a while since I bought these parts.

Btw, this is a 65 6 cyl and guessing that the bearings are original. Like to get another 48 years out of this set.
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I'm a big fan of Felpro products. I'm sure there are other gaskets and seals just as good or perhaps better. But whenever I try something else, I have problems. So, I think you can be confident the Felpro part will be a good choice.
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A puddle of gear oil at the wheel? Wow, are you positive it was not brake fluid?

But Felpro is good stuff. NAPA brand is probably lowest bidder.
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Timken & Felpro- hard to go wrong!
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A puddle of gear oil at the wheel? Wow, are you positive it was not brake fluid?

But Felpro is good stuff. NAPA brand is probably lowest bidder.
I haven't had a chance to pull the drum yet. It could be brake fluid. Just put new lines, wheel cylinders, etc. a month ago. I would hope a wheel cylinder would last longer than that, but you never know.
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Might just be a loose fitting or bleeder.
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Might just be a loose fitting or bleeder.
Can see the bleeder and fitting from the back since they go through the backing plate. Didn't see any fluid there. Will need to pull the drum when it warms up.
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