Yes things can be a coincidence . Things happen.
My experience on this is based off of assumptions since I can t physically look to see. My thought if you look at the attached picture . Is that if they removed the axle that is labeled number 1 and replace both boots labeled number 2 then it is possible that the seal labeled number 6 was cut, torn or just plain worn which is what is causing the leak . Again . Without looking it is hard to say but this would seem reasonable.
In my experience, any time I remove an axle I always replace the seals. They have been in there in this case, 75,000 miles just like the boots were. I always replace both boots also.
Also, in some instances it is better cheaper sometimes to replace the entire axle but you would have to compare prices for that.
Anyway, it is possible that since the axle was removed and replace, if the leak is coming from where the axle inserts into the differential, then the seal is what is leaking.
Note, though they may have cut or torn it again that seal was in there for 75,000 miles and moving the axle may have been just enough for it to get out of the shape it was in and now leak. Now is that their fault that the seal is old? No . Should it have been replaced I would have.
So . Hope this helps
Sunday, March 13th, 2011 AT 12:19 AM