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    Just replaced the inner wheel seal on the front passenger side, had to drive it out with the 6' pipe method. Have not put the tires back on yet and the old gal is still on jack stands. The question is: Should I be able to turn both wheels by hand? Can turn drivers side and could turn passenger side until I put the flange back on...............now it will move only a hair back and forth............Did I screw something up or is this normal?

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    Do you have the front axle engaged with the transfer case switch? That would keep it from turning.
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    No.............and transfer in netural.

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    You should be able to turn both wheels when both are off the ground, as you describe. The flange holds the outer end of the half shaft (driveshaft) and forces it to turn together with the wheel hub. Did the half shaft slide into the differential without issue? I am trying to visualize how it could sit in there crooked, but I have never had that happen. Can you turn the drive shaft from the transfer case to the front axle by hand/with a screwdriver inserted through the u joint?

    I would pull the flange, verify by rotating the drum that it is not the brake drum stopping the movement (on either side of the truck), pull the half shaft, spin the wheel on the driver side , then re-insert the half shaft, mount the flange and expect that it will move now as intended.

    If it does not, I would double check that the transfer case is indeed in neutral and that the front axle is indeed disengaged.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, will give them a try.....................the half shaft slid in with no problems............will start with the flange............

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattlerepairman View Post
    You should be able to turn both wheels when both are off the ground, as you describe. The flange holds the outer end of the half shaft (driveshaft) and forces it to turn together with the wheel hub. Did the half shaft slide into the differential without issue? I am trying to visualize how it could sit in there crooked, but I have never had that happen. Can you turn the drive shaft from the transfer case to the front axle by hand/with a screwdriver inserted through the u joint?

    I would pull the flange, verify by rotating the drum that it is not the brake drum stopping the movement (on either side of the truck), pull the half shaft, spin the wheel on the driver side , then re-insert the half shaft, mount the flange and expect that it will move now as intended.

    If it does not, I would double check that the transfer case is indeed in neutral and that the front axle is indeed disengaged.
    Followed you suggestion, had to pull the half shaft again, pulled it out about an inch, rotated it 5 or 10 degrees, slid it back in and all is right.

    thanks!

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    Trying to figure out how or why that would make a difference. At least you are good to go. I am about to replace all of the seals on one of mine. Luckily I don't have to do the boots on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fpchief View Post
    Trying to figure out how or why that would make a difference. At least you are good to go. I am about to replace all of the seals on one of mine. Luckily I don't have to do the boots on this one.
    Me Also....................replaced my front drivers side inner seal last year so should not have to do the front ones for awhile...................as am sure you know, those front seals can be a &%*#$.

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    chilled my inner seal housings with freon as they were laughing at my 10# slide hammer which usually rules all, prob burned $20-30 worth of r134 but it got the job done, found perfect combo of 3/4 drive sockets and extensions to drive it back in
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    Not sure if it would work for anyone else - and it was an idea I have seen on SS somewhere - but I drilled a hole thru a 4x4 and used a nut on a threaded rod similar to what you have there to pull mine out. Came out easy with no beating on anything. You need a nice big washer or flat steel plate with a hole on the wood block. Placed the block across the knuckle. In your case it might have been harder since the studs are in the way.

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