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Pinion Seal Replacement Service

What is the Pinion Seal all about?

In vehicles that have the rear wheels as drive wheels, drive shafts, differentials, and transfer cases are used to transmit power from the engine and transmission to the wheels. In a front-wheel drive setup, CV axles join the transmission directly. However, in rear, all and four-wheel drive setups, that’s not the case. Depending on the make and model you own, you may have a single driveshaft and differential, a front and rear differential (in the case of all-wheel drive) or some other setup.

In these systems, driveshafts are used to transmit movement/power from the transmission to one or more differentials. While they’re all different, they do have a few similarities. Each differential will have a pinion shaft – a short shaft that attaches to the pinion gear inside the differential and terminates in a flange. The pinion shaft attaches to the driveshaft.

Each pinion shaft will have a pinion seal, which is used to ensure that fluid does not leak out of the differential past the pinion shaft. Depending on the setup, you may have a rear pinion shaft, or a front and rear pinion shaft.

Keep in mind:

  • The rubber pinion seal will wear and eventually need to be replaced.
  • Pinion leaks should be inspected at each service interval.
  • Low fluid in the differential can damage gears.

How it's done:

  • The vehicle is lifted and supported on jack stands and the drive shaft is removed
  • The defective pinion seal is removed
  • The new pinion seal is installed
  • The drive shaft is installed and the vehicle is removed from jack stands
  • The vehicle is started and checked for steering operation

Our recommendation:

Whether you have a four-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle, it’s vital that you keep your differential in good working order, and that means maintaining the right fluid level. As the fluid level drops, gears wear and friction increases. We highly recommend having any pinion leaks inspected by our expert mechanics as soon as possible.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Pinion Seal?

  • Fluid leaking at the pinion shaft
  • Low fluid in the differential
  • Differential whining during operation (a sign of low fluid and/or damage)

How important is this service?

Without an operational differential, your vehicle can’t be driven; therefore, it’s vital that you maintain the right fluid level. Any leak can quickly drop the fluid to unsafe levels, and serious pinion leaks can cause problems very quickly. Have your vehicle serviced by our expert mechanics, who will keep an eye on your entire vehicle during regular maintenance and diagnose any differential fluid leaks.

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Number of Reviews

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Torrieanto

10 years of experience
489 reviews
Torrieanto
10 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Pinion Seal Replacement (Rear) - Palm Harbor, Florida
Trey was right on time. Trey was very knowledgeable and I can believe all claims in his profile credentials are true. He completed the job with no issues at all. Hope to retain his talent in the future.

Jim

19 years of experience
31 reviews
Jim
19 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Pinion Seal Replacement (Rear) - Saint Paul, Minnesota
Not only is Jim an extremely knowledgeable, experienced and skilled technician, he is also a man of great character. He was very honest about the prognosis of the repair we needed. Although it was a risk, we decided to take a chance and have Jim replace the worn pinion seal. He worked quickly and made the repair with 100% success - we are thrilled! We didn't know what to expect with this type of service, but we're glad we gave it a shot. It was a pleasure to meet Jim - he's a very professional and considerate person. We'll definitely recommend this service and this technician to friends.

Shaun

28 years of experience
38 reviews
Shaun
28 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Pinion Seal Replacement (Rear) - Daytona Beach, Florida
Shaun was extremely conscientious and took the time to explain the repair in detail. He was very professional and carefully addressed my vehicles concern. Shaun completed the repair in a timely fashion and took the time to insure that the work area was left in meticulous condition. I would definitely utilize his services in the future. Nice guy and great mechanic!

Sam

13 years of experience
123 reviews
Sam
13 years of experience
Nissan Armada - Pinion Seal Replacement (Front) - Edmond, Oklahoma
Top notch. Polite. Personable. Done earlier than estimated. Checked over entire vehicle. Would use again.

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