Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note 1:
Successfully installing a CAD seal without the correct
Seal Installer has about the same chance of success as buying a winning lottery ticket. Makeshift methods don't usually get the job done due to the restricted area you need to work in, and the amount of compression needed to be applied to the seal. Due to the way we have to make the
Tool, your Seal Installer and Seal MUST match. QT1002 will only work with original equipment design, NOK manufactured seals such as our QU40105 (Dodge p/n4506005). Seals manufactured by other seal manufacturers WILL NOT WORK WITH THIS INSTALLER!!!! If you have the green, CR manufactured QU40326 (Dodge 4506005AB) seal use our QT1114 Installer. We do not manufacture installers for this application to fit any other competitive seal designs such as National or NAK.
Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note 2:
We make two types of Seal Installers for your Ram 4x4: Adjustable Depth and Fixed Depth. The Installer on this page is an Adjustable Depth Installer that allows you to offset the seal to a deeper depth to miss a groove or other damage on the axle shaft. This Installer will work on both 1989 to 2001 Dana 44 and 1994 to 1999 Dana 60 axles. However, YOU MUST be careful you do not set the seal TOO DEEP which may place the seal beyond the axle shaft seal surface! Our Fixed Depth Seal Installer QT1190 will firmly stop at a preset depth. Fixed Depth Installers will only fit Dana 60 axles in 1994 to 1999 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 4x4s. Choose our Adjustable Depth Seal Installer for installing seals in any 1989-2001 Dodge with a Model 44, or if you want the flexibility to offset the seals on 1994 to 1999 3/4 ton and 1 tons with the Dana 60. Choose our Fixed Depth Installers if you want quick, fool-proof seal installation on 1994 to 1999 Dana 60 equipped Ram 2500 and Ram 3500.
Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note 3:
Once the axle is disassembled, the old seals can be easily removed with our TS1184 Seal Remover Tool Set or other suitable tool such as a length of sturdy pipe that will fit inside the axle tube. You will also need to clean the inside of the axle tube to remove dirt and crud that could get pushed into your new seal during reassembly.
Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note 4:
Differential removal is required for the differential side seal, but not the the disconnect (CAD) side on vacuum shift axles. These are tricky seals to install, but you can EASILY do it with one of these kits! QT1133 differential case spreader is definitely recommended but not absolutely required for differential removal/installation. We also find QT9018 dead-blow sledge handy to reinstall the differential.
Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note 5:
Need tech help on how to perform inner axle seal replacement on your 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 2500 or Ram 3500? Get my TSB4620 Inner Axle Seal Replacement Tech Service Bulletin, a fully illustrated, 8 page publication with 31 color photos. Includes step by step service procedures, tool recommendations, and torque specifications for replacing those pesky front axle shaft seals on all 1994 to 1999 Dodge Ram 4x4 trucks with Dana-Spicer Model 60 front drive axles. Available in both print and instant download versions. TSB4620 is specific to Dana 60 axles, but with the exception of a unitized hub/rotor and 4 bolt hub flange, the service procedures are also applicable to 1994-2001 Ram 1500 and 1994-1997 Ram 2500 4x4s with Dana 44 front axles.