Originally Posted by RogerRamJet
A tiny amount of in and out play is normal. And you probably wouldn't feel the lateral movement even if there was some. Warlock is correct in that seals usually don't start leaking just because someone hurt its feelings, there is a cause and the leak is the effect. It's actually easier to pull the bearing because the seal will come with it. I mean, if you already have the axle out, you might as well replace the bearing as well. For that matter, since you have the pumpkin open and drained, might as well pull the other axle and replace that bearing as well. Not really necessary, but since you're there...
^^ I agree ^^ It's a little more direct than the way I put it and I couldn't have said it better myself. That was an oversight on my part.