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Hey guys, gonna change out the drivers side cv axle in the coming weeks as the boots are torn and it might be clicking (minor). While I was inspecting, I can see a leak on the transmission housing where the axle goes in. Could someone let me know - is this a result of the faulty cv axle, or is it leaking at the housing? What is that seal or bearing called (part number would be great!)? Thanks
 

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Tried looking up part numbers for that seal, and haven't had much luck... can no one help me out on this one? Looking for the bearing or seal that goes into the transmission where the cv axle pops in. As you can see in my picture on the right side, it appears to be leaking there.
 

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Try this. I believe they are called an output shaft seal. National is chinese, Timken should still be American made, SKF used to be German , but the last time I bought SKF it was chinese.

 

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There are definitely tears on the boot? If you have tears, you should definitely change the half shaft right? The factory part is pretty expensive, but aftermarket isn’t too bad.
 

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Try this. I believe they are called an output shaft seal. National is chinese, Timken should still be American made, SKF used to be German , but the last time I bought SKF it was chinese.

Thanks Thejarhead! I've seen other videos (of sister vehicles: Acadia and Traverse) that made it look more like a bearing, and wasn't sure exactly which type it was. RockAuto lists a left and a right, so I guess it should fit.

@mmecca: yes boot looks torn, and I'm hearing a clacking noise now when turning hard left. I bought a Cardone replacement shaft that I plan on replacing it with.
 

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So what's this other part all about? Some seal that goes in-between the transmission and the half shaft?
 

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So what's this other part all about? Some seal that goes in-between the transmission and the half shaft?
The half shaft has a machined part of the shaft that slides into the transmission. When you change the axle on most front wheel drive vehicles the machined end gets inserted into the transmission. That hole that the half shaft slides through has a seal.

Those seals are usually good for many many miles. They will go bad if when replacing a half shaft you nick the seal with the machined end or you install a cheap unbalanced chinese axle available at your local auto parts store or on amazon or eBay with a lifetime warranty, usually less than $100.
 

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For instance, I went back to the rock auto page, to cv axles.



As you can see there are a lot of axles from several different companies listed. All but 2 are less than or around a $100 . All but the acdelco axles will be rebuilt with cheap chinese parts or reground, or brand new chinese axles. (GSP) if I had to replace my axles I would go with the Acdelco. ($200 each)

About a year ago I replaced the steering rack on my wife’s enclave. I went with a brand new acdelco steering rack from rock auto, even though there were much cheaper alternatives. I really didn’t want to do the job twice in a short time period because I used a cheap part.
 

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Just wanted to post an update, replaced my drivers side CV axle about 500km ago, and all good!. It wasn't too difficult a job, all my parts came apart pretty easy. I had removed the axle nut and sprayed it with some PB Blaster a week or two prior and gave it a good couple of whacks with the sledge, and on the day I did the job, it slid out no problem!. I couldn't get the wheel sensor out of the knuckle - but didn't really have to once I pulled the knuckle down. Used the rounded end of a long crow bar to "pop" the axle out as there wasn't a good angle to get my pry bar in, and it worked flawlessly with zero effort. Did the same with the transmission seal (ACDelco 19258266 GM Original Equipment Automatic Transmission Front Wheel Drive Shaft Seal with Protector, Manual Transmission - Amazon Canada) and tapped it in.

Also replaced both sides sway bar links, sway bar bushings (a week earlier and boy were they worn out), and both sides Strut Towers with KYB. Ride height went from 32.5 to 35 inches after (springs need to settle still).

Took approx 4.5hrs to do both sides which was me taking my time. These items are easily do-able in a driveway or garage by the DIY'er.

Wouldn't luck have it, that approx 500km later, my CEL light came on, and my E is now throwing a P0008 code.... like wtf. Not sure if its worth keeping, or selling off as-is. She's only got 150500km (KM in Canada) on it. GM says there's NO warranty on anything on the vehicle anymore (except a seatbelt tensioner thingy).

Advice guys? Sell as is, or fix.... dealer wants over $4000 CAD to do - which is LUDACRIS! I wouldn't take it to them anyways... local indy shops want between $2500 and $3500. Still shopping around
 
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