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Old 01-07-2007, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default cam seal installation help for a noob

Does anyone have a good method for installing these?

I am using a 1 1/2" socket, rubber mallet and a dialetric grease. The cam seal's seem to almost completely press in by hand and then I tap them lightly with the socket/mallet to seat them the rest of the way.

A couple times when I have tried to install a cam seal, it goes in completely crooked like it is stuck on something. When this happens I remove the cap and the seal to try again, but 50% of the time the seal gets damaged. I have inspected the cap and it doesn't look jagged anywhere. I'm not sure if it is badluck or if I am installing it wrong.

I would definietely appreciate some advice from those of you more knowledgable.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:53 PM   #2
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I remember me and my friend going threw a few cam seals on LT4 when doing new heads, cams, intake, ect... We tried sockets, tubes of all sorts until we found the "Perfect" piece of copper pipe that mated pefecty with the O ring, it didnt leave any of the seal exposed when we pressed it into place, also it perfect size didnt alow any play when sliding it into place on the cam shaft. He keeps this piece of copper in his tool box with GM Special Tool #5 writen on it. Needless to say we have invented a few GM Special Tools.

Now I havent seen ours yet, but I can only assume its just as much of a PITA without the Factory Subaru tools. And being any sort of off on the install is going to destroy that seal.

So reinspecting your tool of choice might be your solution. Its prob nothing bured or jagged. We thought the same thing doing our cam, we went through a few and I remember them being stupid money to by from the dealer.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:47 PM   #3
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Yep its all about the tools. ^^^^

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