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Old 11-04-2019, 09:58 AM   #11
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Alright so I'm going to replace the passenger side axle. Looking at parts on Rockauto, the Motorcraft is significantly more expensive than other brands.

Should I spring for the OEM at ~$150 or go for aftermarket at ~$60? Not sure if there are quality concerns with these rotating parts. For that price difference, it's hard to justify the Motorcraft, but maybe you guys have bad experiences with the aftermarket stuff.

As far as the rear bar, I'm not sure. I think it was the bolt itself, but the LCA is super rusty too. I'll look at it a bit more when I put the car up on stands again.
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:04 AM   #12
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Alright so I'm going to replace the passenger side axle. Looking at parts on Rockauto, the Motorcraft is significantly more expensive than other brands.

Should I spring for the OEM at ~$150 or go for aftermarket at ~$60? Not sure if there are quality concerns with these rotating parts. For that price difference, it's hard to justify the Motorcraft, but maybe you guys have bad experiences with the aftermarket stuff.

As far as the rear bar, I'm not sure. I think it was the bolt itself, but the LCA is super rusty too. I'll look at it a bit more when I put the car up on stands again.
I've had very good luck with aftermarket axles. Main thing to look for is if the carrier bearing is pressed onto the right position. Why I prefer to use O'Reilly auto parts locally so I can lay the axles out side by side and compare.
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Hmm, ok. As far as the shaft seal/diff seal, Rockauto only lists one for an automatic transmission. It isn't the same part, is it?

Looks like I may end up going to a local store, but their prices are often 2-3x what you can find online.
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Hmm, ok. As far as the shaft seal/diff seal, Rockauto only lists one for an automatic transmission. It isn't the same part, is it?

Looks like I may end up going to a local store, but their prices are often 2-3x what you can find online.
I don't think the seals are the same. Look at Tasca parts for the seal. You should be fine ordering an axle from Rockauto. Just compare to your old one before installing.
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Alright, looks like I found it, part number 710443, for anyone looking in the future. They have it on Rockauto, just not listed under the 2005 Focus section. I just searched the part number and found it. Has the focus listed as the fitment, weirdly enough. Not sure why it didn't show up under the 2005 focus parts list.

Anything else you guys recommend for doing this job?
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:03 PM   #16
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Alright, looks like I found it, part number 710443, for anyone looking in the future. They have it on Rockauto, just not listed under the 2005 Focus section. I just searched the part number and found it. Has the focus listed as the fitment, weirdly enough. Not sure why it didn't show up under the 2005 focus parts list.

Anything else you guys recommend for doing this job?
Be careful prying on the case to pull the axle. Best to use a tool specifically made for it. L attachment for a slide hammer. Put some grease on the seal before installing the axle.
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:14 PM   #17
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When you undo the outer axle bearing fitment to let the outer axle come loose it will easily slip right out of the differential in trans. It's not built on the pass side anything like the driver side is, where the axle is really in there.

It is EASY to accidentally cut the seal with axle going back in to leak, the axle splines will do it in a second if you do not carefully center the axle and its' weight as you put the end back in trans. The mistake most mechanics make there being in a hurry.

The seals come with a shield pressed into the face or not, the shielded ones are much more expensive, I use the regular non-armored seal with no trouble. I've even removed the shield from one seal and re-installed it in the new one.
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:16 PM   #18
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Be careful prying on the case to pull the axle. Best to use a tool specifically made for it. L attachment for a slide hammer. Put some grease on the seal before installing the axle.
If you are only replacing the passenger side axle there will be no 'prying' as the axle is axially retained by the carrier bearing. Once you remove the bearing cap and free it from the lower half and free the outer part of the axle from the hub it should simply slide out of the trans. I hope your outer axle is not seized in the hub like mine were.

When I replaced both axles on my 2002 wagon in 2018 I purchased my axles from NAPA and so far so good. Basically all the aftermarket axles are m.i.c. I would lubricate the seals/mating surfaces with trans fluid.

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I replaced the passenger side axle a few yrs ago...thanx to a rattling carrier bearing. Couldn't figure it out till I had the car on the rack for a oil change & had a buddy run it thru a few gears & heard & saw the carrier bearing rattling around & yes that was the oem one about 70k. Just hold the yoke when removing & installing the axle into the trans case. I didn't have a seal leak, so I just left it & to my finger & rubbed some trans fluid to the inside of the seal......Take your time & you'll get it.
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It's when you let the axle end sit of its' own weight on the seal edge while installing it that you cut the seal; the sharp edged splines do it...........not much difference there, just enough to be all the difference in the world.
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