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Hi folks

I have a 1998 Tacoma V6 4x4 ext cab auto with 130,000 miles on it. A year ago I had a right rear leaking axle seal so I took it to a local shop and had it replaced along with the bearing. Fast forward to now and it's leaking again. What makes the seals go bad? I'm thinking of just taking it to a dealer this time instead of a local shop, thinking the Toyota parts would perform better? Any thoughts or opinions on this? I want it fixed for good, or at least longer than a year.

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This is fairly common. I got lucky and had it covered under the 5/60 powertrain warrranty. In talking with the tech I learned that Toyota has "redesigned" the rear axle seal, so perhapse last time you got one of the older ones, poorly installed or both. As you are probably aware, leaking axle seals kill the rear brake shoes... Also, make sure you dif breather is clear/ working.
 

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bad axle seals is usually = to playing in mud
 

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I had a bad axle seal due to bent rear axle shaft...

im sure youve already checked to see if it is... but if not take a gander

good luck
 

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i ahd an axle seal bad and i replaced the inner (i think, i didnt have to take the bearings out just pull the shaft) and it stopped
 
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