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Old 01-29-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default Oil leak - crank seal

Well, I'm pretty sure I've got a crank seal leak, with oil all over the front underside of the car, and some smoking off the exhaust. I've done the timing belt before, but never the crank seal, and I don't recall seeing any "seals" while I was in there. I'm guessing it's behind the crankshaft sprocket...

Can anyone provide guidance as to where this seal exists? Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:28 PM   #2
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Well, I'm pretty sure I've got a crank seal leak, with oil all over the front underside of the car, and some smoking off the exhaust. I've done the timing belt before, but never the crank seal, and I don't recall seeing any "seals" while I was in there. I'm guessing it's behind the crankshaft sprocket...

Can anyone provide guidance as to where this seal exists? Thanks!
You are correct. Its behind the crank pulley/gears. It can be a pain to remove, but it goes back in real easy.
Seeing how you have done the belts before, you know the trick to getting the bolt off I assume?
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:54 PM   #3
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Well, I've heard the trick but I've got a stick, so I just put it in 5th, and it won't budge while I get the bolt off.

As a follow up, though, it's just a seal that goes around the crankshaft? Any suggestions on how to get it out, if as you say it's a pain? Thx!
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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besides the crank seal u may want to replace the 2 oil pump o-rings/seals...one kinda looks like mickey mouse...good luck!
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Well, I've heard the trick but I've got a stick, so I just put it in 5th, and it won't budge while I get the bolt off.

As a follow up, though, it's just a seal that goes around the crankshaft? Any suggestions on how to get it out, if as you say it's a pain? Thx!
I put on the e-brake, disconnect the coil lead, get a 2ft long breaker bar, set the wrench/bar against the battery area and then give the ign a bump.
It will spin it off lickety split.

A tool with a hook on the end of it will get the old seal out.
I've had to drill a small hole in one and then tap a screw into it to pull on before
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:08 AM   #6
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Okay, I'm going to tackle it...been putting it off for days. But I want to make sure I've got everything ready to get it back together okay. I'd go with a dealer part if they were closer, but they're not, so I'm looking at NAPA parts.

Which of these three is it? They all "sound" like what I'm replacing:
- http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...r+Seal+-+Front
- http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...ing+Cover+Seal
- http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...Front+Seal+Set
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:23 PM   #7
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I put on the e-brake, disconnect the coil lead, get a 2ft long breaker bar, set the wrench/bar against the battery area and then give the ign a bump.
It will spin it off lickety split.

A tool with a hook on the end of it will get the old seal out.
I've had to drill a small hole in one and then tap a screw into it to pull on before
gotta do this too:

Sorry for the noobiness but just for clarification you give the "ignition a bump"? and what coil lead do you disconnect?

thanks
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Okay, I'm going to tackle it...been putting it off for days. But I want to make sure I've got everything ready to get it back together okay. I'd go with a dealer part if they were closer, but they're not, so I'm looking at NAPA parts.

Which of these three is it? They all "sound" like what I'm replacing:
- http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...r+Seal+-+Front
- http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...ing+Cover+Seal
- http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...Front+Seal+Set
Looks like the 2nd part is the one you need.

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gotta do this too:

Sorry for the noobiness but just for clarification you give the "ignition a bump"? and what coil lead do you disconnect?

thanks
The coil to distributor lead.
Then turn the ign quickly and it will spin the bolt loose.
And to clarify, put the breaker bar on the drivers side fender.
Use a block of wood if you need to cushion it.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #9
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Thanks, that was it, and for only $9, I'm back in business. Much easier than I was anticipating!
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