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Main seal Hi all, I am new here, I need to know where the main seal is on my Malibu, the oil light kept coming on at 500 RPM, when I hit the gas at 1000 RPM the light goes out, check the oil level 20 minutes after car is parked let the oil settle, got an oil change, they reported that the main seal had a severe leak. 1. will main seal additive help with a temporary "fix?" 2. how difficult is the replacement of the seal 3. where in the engine is this seal Thank You, Patricia **97 malibu 2.4liter twin cam******** 130K on it

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  • pcb0960 Jul 15, 2008

    thank you very much!! Is it possible to continue using the car until I can afford this repair? thankfully I carpool!! also why would the oil light be turning on? before AND after an oil change?
    Thanks Again for your help



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First is it a front seal ,or rear main seal,(front seal,being were you see the pulleys and fan belts,,you have to look at the bottom pulley,follow the shaft to the motor,where the shaft goes into the motor is the front seal,the pulley and everthing behind it has to come out then you pull out the seal,auto zone actually has free tool rental that you can pull the seal,and a tool to put it back in,if a rear main seal its where the shaft from the transmission meets the back of the motor,youll have to pull the trannsmission back,check where you see the oil leek from,the front seal you can do if mechanically inclined,but if its the rear you should take to a mechanic,if this helps please give me a fix ya vote

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In your engine you have two main seals one is at the front of the engine where all of your pulleys are and the other is at the rear where the transmission is bolted if it is your rear seal than you have o remove the tranny which is a fairly large job but if it is the front sealthat is leaking than you only have to take the harmonick balancer off of the crankshaft with a three jaw puller and pop the seal out and put the new one in with a little oil on the rubber for lubrication

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