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Leaking rear main seal.

1996 camero, 3800 series2 engine, 5 speed. Info for replacement please.

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Replacement is pretty difficult, but if you go to advance auto parts, (cheap trick) you can buy "rear main seal repair" it works. I used it on my dodge dakota, and the leak only persisted for about a week, and was fine after that. Worth a shot, a new seal is very hard to install. You have to basically pull the entire motor up and out to reach it for one, then, setting the seal is just a pain.

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88143g59.gif Crankshaft rear main seal - 5.7L engine

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88143g60.gif Exploded view of the rear main seal installation - 3.4L engine
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88143g61.gif Rear main seal and installation tool - 3.8L engine
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88143g62.gif After position the seal on the tool, install it to the crankshaft housing

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