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Old 04-06-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default Hope i installed the rear main correctly

I was a bit careless taking the rear main seal out and have about a 1mm nick on the outside... stupid mistake. It definitely just looked superficial though. The seal that is formed is against the crank side, correct? Not against the outside..

Also, when driving the new seal in I just took a wooden dowel pin and put it tangent to the seal and tapped it in till it was flush, I think it is probably seated about .020” - .030” not in as much as the original one. Couldn’t tell by looking but could tell by running my fingers around. I couldn’t really get it in any further without risking pushing it in too far. I could tell the wood was coming into contact with the metal by the sound of each hammer meaning the seal wouldnt drive in anymore. The little raised part of the seal is probably protruding past the flush surface if i had to guess.

You think this will be okay? I already put the tranny back so it better be…
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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The block has a small 45* chamfer on the ridge where the seal sets. As long as the top edge of the seal is not below (further in) than that ridge, you should be fine. Flush with the outer ridge is okay too.

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Old 04-06-2009, 05:54 PM   #3
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Thanks, i think it's flush with the outer ridge.

I can no longer remember since i put the tranny back but i think my paranoia is getting the better of me.
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