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Re: rear main seal
When i replace rear main seals i use a nylon drift/block and a hammer, and tap them in evenly and carefully,
as long as the tools are not sharp and have curved edges(as not to damage the seal) and you are carefull .... and even, all is good.
i start at 12'o'clock position, then 6,3,9, in small amount, then repeat.
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You need to remove the transmission to access the rear main seal, you also need special tools to remove and install the new one, failure to use the tools results in a second leak. this is better left to the dealer.
YOU NEED TO REMOVE FLYWHEEL REMOVE OIL PAN. REMOVE REAR OIL SEAL HOUSING BOLTS. USING THE PRY POINT LOCATED AT THE EDGE OF THE CRANKSHAFT REAR MAIN SEAL HOUSING SHEAR THE RTV SEALANT. REMOVE THE REAR MAIN OIL SEAL. INSTALL GUIDE PINS INTO THE TWO CRANK SHAFT REAR OIL SEAL HOUSING CORNER BOLT HOLES OF THE ENGINE BLOCK.INSTALL THE CRANKSHAFT REAR SEAL INSTALLING TOOL ONTO THE REAR OF THE CRANKSHAFT FLANGE. APPLY A 0.2 INCH 3MM BEAD OF SILICONE SEALANT TO THE REAR OIL SEAL HOUSING . INSTALL THE REAR HOUSING TO THE ENGINE BLOCK.REMOVE THE GUIDE PINS AND INSTALL THE HOUSING BOLTS TIGHTEN THE BOLTS TO 89 INCH LBS. REMOVE THE REAR SEAL INSTALLATION TOOL FROM THE CRANKSHAFT FLANGE.THEN INSTALL OIL PAN AND FLYWHEEL.
There are seal drives . you might be able to get one at your local parts store . they may loan or rent this type of tool to you . Just ask them when you buy the seal or the gasket kit .Now to replace the seal you will need to remove the transmission to gain access to the rear main seal
I'm not sure if this is the right part of your car but, are you talking about the rear seal on the engine for the crankshaft?
Rear Main Oil Seal REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Fig. 1: Rear main seal installation for the 2.3L and 2.5L engines
Fig. 2: Removing the rear main seal
Fig. 3: Installing the rear main seal on the 2.9L engines
If the crankshaft rear oil seal replacement is the only operation being performed, it can be done in the vehicle as detailed in the following procedure. If the oil seal is being replaced in conjunction with a rear main bearing replacement, the engine must be removed from the vehicle and installed on a work stand.
Remove the starter.
Remove the transmission from the vehicle, following the procedures in Section 7.
On a manual shift transmission, remove the pressure plate and cover assembly and the clutch disc following the procedure in Section 7.
Remove the flywheel attaching bolts and remove the flywheel and engine rear cover plate.
Use an awl to punch two holes in the crankshaft rear oil seal. Punch the holes on opposite sides of the crankshaft and just above the bearing cap to cylinder block split line. Install a sheet metal screw in each hole. Use two large screwdrivers or small pry bars and pry against both screws at the same time to remove the crankshaft rear oil seal. It may be necessary to place small blocks of wood against the cylinder block to provide a fulcrum point for the pry bars. Use caution throughout this procedure to avoid scratching or otherwise damaging the crankshaft oil seal surface.
Clean the oil seal recess in the cylinder block and main bearing cap.
Clean, inspect and polish the rear oil seal rubbing surface on the crankshaft. Coat a new oil seal and the crankshaft with a light film of engine oil. Start the seal in the recess with the seal lip facing forward and install it with a seal driver. Keep the tool, T82L-6701-A (4-cyl. engines) or T72C-6165 (6-cyl. engine) straight with the centerline of the crankshaft and install the seal until the tool contacts the cylinder block surface. Remove the tool and inspect the seal to be sure it was not damaged during installation.
Install the engine rear cover plate. Position the flywheel on the crankshaft flange. Coat the threads of the flywheel attaching bolts with oil-resistant sealer and install the bolts. Tighten the bolts in sequence across from each other to the specifications listed in the torque chart in this section.
On a manual shift transmission, install the clutch disc and the pressure plate assembly following the procedure in Section 7.
Install the transmission, following the procedure in Section 7.
no, all you need is a socket that is big enough to go around the metal edge of the seal, just make sure it is big enough that it doesnt bend in the middle of the seal, i have also used a rubber mallet and carefully taped it in. but i advise using the socket method.
In order to replace the rear main seal u have to pull the transmission out to access it, u will need a special seal installer tool to install the new rear main "full circle seal", it u don't use the special ford tool the seal will leak again, also if there is a groove worn ion the crankshaft the crank must be repaired or replaced or the or the seal will leak again, so this is avery diff job, a 9 on the scale of 1-10 with 10 being the mos difficult.
Drain axel of Fluid, Roemve Diff Cover (Push IN on Axel to reseal at Wheel side) Remove KEEPERS From Insied END of axel then Pull OUT on WHEEL END of Axel. use Proper Seal removal tool to remove seal. Also Use PROPER Install tool for SEAL INSTALL Reverse Procedure to Install. In hopes this helps you Out.
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