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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Rich:

JAE's tool should get the correct depth set on both seals. Note that there are 2 collars that are of different thickness. One is for setting the left and one for the right seal. But speaking from recent experience, make sure that the only part of the seal seated into the transaxle housing is that with the ribbing on it. If you drive it in further, you run the risk of the seal not sitting atop the axle stub and allowing lube to leak past....as I learned the hard way.

I also ran a bead of Hondabond around the outside of each seal where it seats against the housing...just for insurance.

Note that the roll pins are indexed when driving them in. The larger diameter pin should have the split at 90 degrees to axle shaft, and then the smaller diameter pin is 180 degrees from the larger pin split. Then dab Hondabond on the ends of the pins for insurance.

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Watched video after the following had occurred--thanks.

It ended up that I had to remove lower link at transaxle and upper link at hub carrier.

I got one axle disconnected from trans and found blue sealant on the splines. Is that OK?

I am going to use HondaBond on the roll pins on reassembly and wondered if I should also put it on the splines or perhaps something else?

The left side CV joint is still connected and is expanding within its rubber boot as I pull. I am assuming there is suction and will need a second person to pry (lightly) on inner side of CV joint to free it from the transaxle spline tomorrow.

Also, will JAE's tool, which arrived yesterday, guarantee the correct depth for seals?

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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-13-2018, 05:54 AM
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I am concerned with what I did!! Apparently I was not thinking straight.

I put HondaBond-HT on the grooved seal surface before driving in the new seals.

In hindsite, do you think that was a mistake to do?

Have yet to reinstall the axles & pins and still have the tool in my possession. Just wondering if I should remove the new seals and replace with another new set without HondaBond-HT on the mating surface.

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Nah...you're fine. Good leak insurance!



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I am concerned with what I did!! Apparently I was not thinking straight.

I put HondaBond-HT on the grooved seal surface before driving in the new seals.

In hindsite, do you think that was a mistake to do?

Have yet to reinstall the axles & pins and still have the tool in my possession. Just wondering if I should remove the new seals and replace with another new set without HondaBond-HT on the mating surface.

-Rich
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post #24 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-02-2018, 10:54 AM
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Hi,

What should we be using for replacement transaxle fluid these days in our S4s cars, Redline MT-90 75W90 GL-4 GEAR OIL ?

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That is the most popular fluid, Rich. Change it every few years or 15KL miles.

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Seems my recently replaced oil seals are leaking and I traced it to this.

Anyone encountered this or know where I can get a replacement bearing shield attached to the back of the castellated nut?

Could it be straightened or are we talking certain tolerances?

It is referenced in the shop manual as a caution in Section FG, page 14, No. 4.

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Pic of bearing shield separated from castellated nut.

Does not seem to be a defined part in the parts manual. Part# 82 seems to be location but drawing very vague.

Anyone know of where I could find or used transaxle parts?

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It seems that Jay from JAE Parts | Worldwide Premiere Distributor of Lotus Parts has come forward and let me know he has a few used ones for sale.

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