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I've replaced the cam oil seal on my 1998 Neon (SOHC) twice. It still leaks oil like crazy. A neighbor, who is a Dodge mechanic by trade, is confused by this also. Any ideas as to what could be causing this problem?

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  • Dan Apr 13, 2009

    According to a Haines manual I have, A large socket or a piece of pipe will work to apply the part. It was put into a remanufactured head assembly that didnt have a seal to compare the depth with.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    simple u did it wrong, did u have the special seal installing tool??



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When you put the seal in, you must pack grease inside the hollow around the inside of the seal. There is a small girdle spring in there that keeps tension on the seal lip. When you tap it in, this spring likes to pop out, the grease prevents this. Also, a good tool is required to prevent deforming the seal during the install.

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    Dave C Apr 13, 2009

    Put it in so that the seal is flush.


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I saw on another site where the head was leaking oil in the exact same area. I know it sounds unlikely but don't many auto problems?? Good Luck.

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