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Replacing The Axle Seal In A Car

Replacing The Axle Seal In A Car

The main purpose of the axle seal in a vehicle is to ensure that the transmission fluid or the differential oil doesn’t leak out. When you arrange for your car to be serviced, the axle seal will not be examined as part of the servicing package, so it is important that you make plans to have this examined. An axle seal will only be changed if it is leaking so always be on the lookout for oil on your driveway or where you regular park your car. However, if your axle seal is going to leak, it is more likely that it will leak when driving so you may not have any noticeable signs to check.

If there is a leakage of fluid from the axle seal, you will find that the level of transmission fluid drops and this can impact on your transmission, with a drop in transmission being one of the common complaints. If you don’t resolve this matter quickly, your transmission may be damaged to a severe degree, costing a lot of money to be repaired.

Prevention is the best cure for axle seals

If the oil in your car is changed regularly, you should find that a skilled or trained mechanic will be able to spot issues with your axle seal. Like most things in the car, spotting problems at an early date can save a lot of time or money, so it is of benefit to have your axle seal examined on a regular basis. A tell-tale sign that is noticeable when the car has been hoisted will be oil splashes around the seal.

Depending on the severity of the leak, it may not be safe to drive your car. If your vehicle is losing a lot of fluid, it could do a lot of damage to the car, but if the leak is minimal, you should find that topping up the levels of transmission fluid or differential oil should help to minimise the risk.

Only problematic axle seals need to be replaced

One thing to be aware of is that if you are having issues with one axle seal it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other one is a concern. This means that an axle seal should only be replaced if it shows signs of leakage or concern, rather than being forced to replace both at the same time, regardless of condition. At Five Star Autocentre, we are pleased to say that we provide a high standard of service with respect to axle seals. When it comes to caring for your car in Huddersfield, we aim to provide the best level of service, and our trained engineers know what to look for when it comes to axle seals.


As it can be quite difficult to replace an axle seal without proper equipment, it is a task that is best left to the professionals. At Five Star Autocentre, we have access to a hoist and proper tools, which our team are fully trained in, and this means we can provide you with a reliable and effective service. If you are worried about your axle seals in Huddersfield, call on the experts in this field.

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