What is the difference between a pinion seal and a pinion flange?

What is the difference between a pinion seal and a pinion flange?

My car has 117 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hello there, thanks for your question.

The pinion flange is a part of the rear differential housing that the driveshaft bolts to. The other end is attached to the pinion gear inside of the differential.

The pinion seal is what seals the oil inside of the differential and keeps it from leaking around the pinion flange. These seals wear out over time and will require replacement.

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The pinion flange is a part of the rear differential housing that the driveshaft bolts to. The other end is attached to the pinion gear inside of the differential. The pinion seal is what seals the oil inside of the differential and keeps it from leaking around the pinion flange.
This is the flange that attaches directly to the pinion shaft of the rear differential on your WRX or STI, and bolts to your propellor shaft.
The pinion shaft oil seal is located in the differential. The purpose of the seal is to keep fluid in the differential, so it can stay lubricated and run properly. The pinion shaft oil seal is located behind the pinion flange, which is what attaches to the driveshaft flange.
Generally speaking, gaskets serve as a static seal between flat surfaces, such as joints, while seals are used in more dynamic environments between active components such as rotating shafts, pumps, and engines.
Seals are generally moulded or machined product, often flat and round such as an O-ring. Gaskets are cut into different shapes so that they fit the design and bolt spacing of a component. Gaskets are used to seal two components or flanges that have a flat surface.
If you notice your differential has low fluid, chances are it is leaking from the pinion seal. This needs to be fixed in a timely manner because as the fluid levels drop, the gears will wear down as the friction increases. Without a proper working differential, your vehicle will not be able to be driven.
In terms of lifespan, there`s no set duration for a pinion seal. Really, they last as long as they last. There are many different factors that come into play here. All seals will degrade with time and exposure to differential fluid, but your driving habits will have a significant impact on lifespan.
The pinion seal, also called a pinion shaft, is designed to keep oil in and any water, dirt or debris out.
A “whirring” sound generated by unloading via deceleration from most any regular road speed can likely be traced to pinion bearing failure or poor pinion bearing preload. This malady is often diagnosed as a bad ring and pinion gear.
While today`s gasket makers and flange sealants can replace most conventional, formed, or multi-material gaskets, they should never be used to replace a head gasket.
Rubber Gaskets

Ideal as an external seal across a variety of applications, offering a top-quality watertight seal and resistance against oil and chemicals. One of the best options within the electrical and renewable industry as they have fantastic sealing and insulation properties.

Very much almost anything a gasket is used for except high pressures where a gasket must have high mechanical strength and high temperature. Virtually all silicone sealers can be used instead of a gasket, to make an old and broken gasket seal or to help a complete gasket make a better seal.
While o-rings are typically round and vary in thickness, gaskets are flat seals that sit between two flat surfaces. Gaskets are often circular, however they can be cut into virtually any shape, including square, triangle, rectangle or any other complex form.
Non-Asbestos Sheet Material Gasket

Non-asbestos materials are considered the most reliable option for all sealing flanges and are used in various applications. As the name would suggest, non-asbestos sheet material gaskets are cut from sheet materials that do not contain asbestos.

A steering wheel that is hard to turn, or very tight could be a sign that you`re having problems with your rack and pinion. If your gearbox builds up heat, or loses hydraulic pressure from lack of steering fluid, this can be another indicator.
A differential pinion seal is a rubber seal located in an axle housing or differential. The seal gear oil from leaking out of the differential and prevents dirt and debris from getting inside. The differential is a gearbox on the axle of a rear-wheel, four-wheel, or all-wheel-drive vehicle.
The pinion seal, also called a pinion shaft, is designed to keep oil in and any water, dirt or debris out.
The differential output seals are the seals located at the output shafts of a vehicle`s differential. They usually seal the axle shafts against the differential and prevent fluid from leaking out of the differential as it operates.

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What is the difference between a pinion seal and a pinion flange?
ANSWER : Hello there, thanks for your question.

The pinion flange is a part of the rear differential housing that the driveshaft bolts to. The other end is attached to the pinion gear inside of the differential.

The pinion seal is what seals the oil inside of the differential and keeps it from leaking around the pinion flange. These seals wear out over time and will require replacement.

Rear Axle Seal Replacement – What type seal?
ANSWER : Hi there, thanks for writing in. I recommend buy the Toyota OEM part. Although we could go into high detail as to the precise technical differences amongst the various and competing aftermarket seals you are describing, such will not change the conclusion at all. Generally speaking, aftermarket parts are NOT as good as the factory OEM parts. Large car manufacturers spend hundreds of millions of dollars, indeed billions, developing the technologies used in these vehicles and ALL of the parts are extraordinarily carefully engineered to fit very precisely and perform specific functions. In the aftermarket, they try to duplicate that, but more often than not, it does not work. Toyota OEM quality in particular is not duplicated well, if not at all, in the aftermarket.

Rear pinion seal leaking. Would i also need to change the flange?
ANSWER : The flange is integral with a splined yoke. The yoke segment (of the flange/yoke) has a precision, machined, highly polished surface which mates with the rubber seal. Since the rubber seal is spring loaded and is under tension against the polished surface, sometimes a literal groove can be cut into the steel.

In fact, such wear is so common, for other types of shafts such as that on crankshaft seal areas, aftermarket collars are vended to mechanics so they can "recreate" a smooth sealing area. So the problem is when you put a new seal on a (damaged) shaft (yoke, in your case), one where there is already a cut in it, the seal will basically leak immediately.

If once they remove the yoke, the area where the seal rode is undamaged, you can reuse the old flange/yoke but that can only be determined once they remove that part. It is unfortunate, but that is the way these assemblies work. Who knows, you may get lucky and find that the sealing area is pristine and you should definitely ask to see the old part before any decision is made.

Basically, if you draw your nail over the worn area, if such wear exists, and your nail catches at all, you’ll need to replace the part – otherwise, it will leak. You do also have the option of getting additional estimates from our estimator page to see if the overall repair can be done less expensively.

Dodge Ram pinion nut recall
ANSWER : Hi there. A loose pinion nut could definitely cause premature wear on the pinion bearing as there would not be sufficient preload on the bearing to maintain proper contact with the race. As for whether or not this would be a covered item due to the recall, I do not have an answer for that. The only people that could answer that would be the dealership. An inspection for the noise could provide a definitive answer as to whether or not the pinion nut is loose and was the cause of the bearing failure. YourMechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a car has a noise inspection and provide an estimate and direction of repair.

Gas tank seal from the filler neck hose.
ANSWER : The nozzle I believe your are mentioning is the anti-siphon and roll-over check valve. It does not require a perfect seal to the tank. The rubber filler hose slides over it, sealing in fuel vapors. I hope this helps. Put it back together the way it came apart and it should be fine.

How much to replace rear main seal or will BlueDevil rear main sealer work?
ANSWER : Hi there. Former Toyota/Lexus master technician here. I can tell you from experience that using any kind of sealer is a literal "Band-Aid" that will not last and could damage internal engine components if some of it breaks loose into the crank case. Your Mechanic does not provide rear main oil seal service at this time, but I would definitely recommend pursuing a qualified technician that can perform the service properly with a quality seal. I suggest using a factory seal as this is a repair that no one want to do twice; the second time either party’s expense. Your Mechanic is here for many of your other service, diagnostic, and repair needs 7 days a week. Feel free to schedule your next service at www.yourmechanic.com.

Why am I getting a P0430 code in my 2002 Honda Accord
ANSWER : Hi there. Typically when you get this code it is due to a failing converter. You car has two of them, one for each side of the engine, and when they go bad anf no longer function right them this will occur. It can also be caused by an oxygen sensor issue. I usually start by checking the oxygen sensors and seeing if they are reading right. If they are then the converter needs to be replaced. If you need to have this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [diagnose why the check engine light is coming on] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/check-engine-light-is-on-inspection

Rear pinion has a lot of play in it.
ANSWER : The pinion engages with a ring gear and the other end of the pinion is supported on a tapered roller bearing. If there is any radial play in the pinion itself, there is a problem with the bearing and/or the engagement with the ring gear. If indeed there is an internal mechanical breakage or bearing fault, the rear axle will have to be completely disassembled. Re-assembly requires careful attention to backlash, preload, bearing and shim adjustments and you need a bearing press if you are replacing the bearing. Before doing anything, and to simply confirm that disassembly will be required, you should request a noise diagnostic. If it is determined that the axle will have to be disassembled and repaired, in some locales certified Mechanics dispatched by YourMechanic are equipped for such major on location repairs so you should inquire based on your locale.