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Old June 9th, 2021, 07:03 PM
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A full floating rear axle is lubricated with the rear end oil. If someone put grease in the hub bearing it was because the oil seal was leaking. Installing the Speedi Sleeves should take care of the problem. On my truck I cleaned the grooves and filled it with Devcon Titanium and sanded it down smooth. Have over 6300 miles on it and no leaks. When you fill the rear axle raise one rear wheel as high as you can go to allow the rear end oil to flow into the hub. After 30 minutes or so do the other wheel. Then recheck your rear end oil.

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Sure does James, will do like you instructed here. Thanks.
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also, when you do your final fill, place your thumb over the lower 1/2 of the fill hole and fill the rear axle untill the oil runs out over your thumb, then reinstall the fill plug.
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Old June 10th, 2021, 08:13 AM
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also, when you do your final fill, place your thumb over the lower 1/2 of the fill hole and fill the rear axle untill the oil runs out over your thumb, then reinstall the fill plug.
Could you tell me why you would 'overfill' the axle like that?
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so that oil will migrate down the axle tubes and continually bathe the wheel bearings in oil. I have seen too many rear axle bearings and axles destroyed due to lack of lubricant.
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