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REAR HUB BAFFLE - RA-101A
This service bulletin came from the Canadian distributor of Austin and Morris cars.
THE AUSTIN MOTOR CO. (CANADA) LTD.
P.O.BOX 130 STATION "C"
MORRIS MOTORS (CANADA) LTD.
P.O. BOX 189 STATION "C"
NORTH AMERICAN SERVICE BULETIN NO. 38
REAR AXLE HUB OIL SEALS.
11th December, 1957.
TO ALL DISTRIBUTORS AND DEALERS
When cases of oil leaks are reported from rear axle hubs, the
following procedure should be followed:-
1. Ensure that the seal bearing surface on the axle housing is
smooth and free of tool chatter marks.
2. Check the hub for running true on the axle. Eccentric hubs
should be replaced.
3. Make sure that the axle breather is in operating condition so
that no pressure build up at any speed may occur.
4. Ensure that only S.A.E.80 or 90 lubricant is used. Do not over-
fill the axle but rather fill to about 1/4" below the level of the
5. Ensure that the spring tension of the oil seal is sufficient.
In cases where the above procedure has not proved satisfactory,
and where continuous complaints have been received:-
6. Install an oil seal baffle between the hub bearing and the oil
seal. The part numbers for each baffle applicable to the
three series of axles are given below:-
"A" Series ... Part No. 2A.7293
"B" Series ... Part No. 1H.7077
"C" Series ... Part No. 1B.7525
Yours very truly,
General Service Manager
Note that this service bulletin did not come from M.G. Car Company Ltd. It came from Austin/Morris Motors Canada, the Canadian distributor of Austin and Morris cars. The baffle does have a BMC part number on it, but the memo does not refer specifically to MG cars. As far as I know, neither M.G. nor Austin ever issued such a service bulletin for the MGA.
I have never seen one of these baffles, not even a picture of one. There is also no mention of it on the internet that I can find, other than this page on my web site. I don't know what the part looks like or where to get one.
Installation of a Speedy-Sleeve (prior article) and a new seal should stop the leak. You might check to assure that the vent on top of the axle housing is not clogged (almost never an issue). If it has oil inside the brake drum it would be an issue with the O-ring and paper gasket at the hub outboard flange. If it leaks down the inboard side of the brake backing plate, then it is getting past the rubber seal. A badly worn wheel bearing or a loose bearing retaining nut could result in a seal leak.