Author Topic: California 1400 rear axle seal  (Read 179 times)

Offline rrojaswahl

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California 1400 rear axle seal
« on: June 29, 2022, 06:55:45 AM »
On the left side of my Cali 1400 rear axle, the seal is coming off every once in a while, and both ABS and MGCT then become disabled - seal itself looks not damaged, i.e. appears intact. Does anybody have experience with that? Any ideas what the root cause could be (misaligned tire or wheel?)? The bike appears to run fine otherewise, only at very low speeds it seems a bit more wobbly than usual...  Many thanks for comments. Cheers. Roy

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Re: California 1400 rear axle seal
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2022, 10:07:40 AM »
Everything should be tight, not wobbly. Look at your wheel bearings if it is wobbly w/axle tight.
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Re: California 1400 rear axle seal
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2022, 08:40:20 PM »
Not sure what you mean by "axle seal coming off" on the left side. There is no seal = as in a lip seal or anything like that. If it's coming off "every once in a while" are you putting it back on?

Post a photo perhaps?
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Re: California 1400 rear axle seal
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2022, 08:47:07 PM »
Call Jim Hamlin at Hamlin Cycles in Bethel, Connecticut. I believe he's dealt with a number of these...

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Re: California 1400 rear axle seal
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Offline rrojaswahl

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Re: California 1400 rear axle seal
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2022, 06:47:11 AM »
Thanks all for comments - here a picture that shows the left side of rear axle, with "seal" (i.e. rubber ring) being held in place temporarily by a "band-aid" fix I did, as I was touring when I discovered it and about 600 miles away from home....





Will definetely follow up on all suggestions so far - thank you!

Roy

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Re: California 1400 rear axle seal
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2022, 01:07:06 PM »
Going by the parts diagram https://cadrecycle.com/guzzi-parts-fiche/ that appears to be "gasket ring" part #AP8125838. More of a dust cover than a seal, I'd say, because there's nothing to seal in except a bit of axle grease. It should be bedded into the hub.

I'd definitely check the tightness of the axle nut and the condition of that spacer behind the caliper bracket. If your ABS and traction control are affected, that would indicate some side play going on, which is obviously less than ideal. Drop the wheel. Something is wrong.
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