Does the engine need to come out to replace rear main or can you just separate at the transaxle and how long of a job would this be to do myself i'm 54 and have worked on cars since i was 16 rebuilt engines etc thx steve
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Check the axle shaft seals where the two drive axles enter the transaxle. If leaking there the axle will have to be removed to replace the seal. Look at the bottom pan of transaxle. If leaking from pan gasket, the pan will have to be removed and transmission drained to replace pan gasket. There is a transaxle main shaft seal on the front of transaxle, hidden by the bellhousing that mounts to rear of engine.. If the shaft seal is leaking, fluid will be dripping from bottom of bellhousing, and when inspection cover is removed, fluid will be evident inside the bellhousing. Check also the transmission fluid cooling lines, where the two lines exit the transaxle case, and go to front of car to an external cooler mounted in front of radiator, or going into a separate reservoir in the radiator.
Unhook positive battery cable, the clutch cable or hydraulic slave cylinder to get the transaxle ready for removal. Secure your car in a safe position. Jack up the front. Stabilize engine with a jack below the oil pan. Remove the transaxle. Separate engine from the transaxle. Push transaxle away from the engine. Disengage the bolts around the pressure plate. Take it and the clutch disc out. Follow instructions for replacing the clutch. Take flywheel and old seal out. Install a new seal. Done! Know how to repair cars by http;//www.obd2express.co.uk
For that seal, you need to remove the transaxle and the flywheel/flexplate. To remove the transaxle, you need to consult a repair manual. It's pretty involved, and you need to support the engine from above, hang it somehow, to keep it from dropping when the transaxle is removed.
Sounds like a rear main seal, the crankshaft's rear main engine seal. On newer vehicles, it is a one-piece design, and easy to install. The problem is the engine and transaxle have to be separated to get to it. You would either have to pull the engine and transaxle out of the car together for separation, or drop the transaxle and replace the seal with the engine still in the car. Of course you'd want to know for sure it was a rear main before you started. Check the oil pan carefully around the rear of engine for leaking there. If you clean the area around the leak, you may spot where the new oil comes out. Parts stores have kits for sale to detect leaks. You put a dye in the oil, and use the flourescent light to spot the oil leaking with the flourescent-sensitive dye in it. I hope you find it, good luck.
no, this is one of those situations where you either have the parts to splice it back together or you need to replace the whole line. . Its a dealer part unless you can remove it and go to a autoparts house and match it up.