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1970 VW bug,, axle seals,, the seals where the axle go into the trans are leaking?

do i have to remove the brakes to get to them, or can i get the axle out from underneath,, how easy is it, it looks easy but have never done it,thanks

Answer:

This is a fairly easy job. No, you don't have to pull the brakes. There are 4 cv joints, one at the end of each axle. Each cv joint has 6 bolts holding it on. After removing the 6 bolts from the cv joint next to the trans, the axle swings out of the way. There is a plastic cap in the center of the flange that the cv joint bolted to. Pierce it and remove it. Underneath is a circlip that needs to be removed. After that, carefully remove the flange and the seal is under it. Gently remove the seal. I usually use the old seal as a drive to install the new one, especially when I forget where I put the special tool I made to do it! Put everything back together and go cruise!
May 28, 2018
Your car has CV joints on either end of the axles. When you pull those out, you can get to the seals easier.
May 28, 2018
the cv axel just bolt out of the transmission and the rearwheel hubs I've never pulled the trans sells but I've replace many cv axels on bugs before
May 28, 2018

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