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I have a 87 dodge raider at it has a leak on the back of the engine looks like out of the bell housing could it be a sending unit. It is engine oil.

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Hi there colterf! Usually if you have engine oil leaking out of the back of the motor/ tranny bellhousing, it means that you have a rear main seal that needs to be replaced. Now the rear main seal is a pretty tricky item for the do it yourself'er if you are un familliar with the components themselves. Here is a rough step by step of what needs to be done.

  1. Disconnect negative battery terminal
  2. Lift vehicle and place securely on stands
  3. Locate and disconnect all electrical wires, cables, hoses and supply lines from the transmission (including the clutch or fork slave)
  4. Remove the driveline
  5. Unbolt and remove the transmission crossmember
  6. Use a transmission jack to steady and support the transmission ( at this time you may want to drain the tranny fluid to reduce weight)
  7. Unbolt and remove the starter assembly
  8. Remove all of the bolt on the bell housing
  9. Double check to make sure that the tranny if free and there are no morecomponents connecting it to the engine/ frame
  10. Lower jack and remove the transmission
  11. Locate the output shaft at the back of the engine (the seal goes around the shaft and between the block)
  12. If your vehicle has a seal retaining clamp unbolt and remove it.
  13. While on step 12 you need to drain and unbolt the engine oil resivoir to drop it down a 1/2" to access the seal and to also make sure no oil gets dumped when you remove the seal.
  14. Once you have the seal clear use a specialized seal puller to remove the old seal ( a medium sized flathead screwdrive may work as well)
  15. Once the old seal is removed check the seat on the block for any contaminates and remove them.
  16. To install, place the new seal on the seat and firmly push it into place. The seal needs to go in EVENLY! Use a specialized seal installation tool to make sure it is in all the way, all the way arround. If the seal is inserted uneavenly it will most likely leak.
The installation of the rest of the components are in the reverse order. For many people this is over their head. If you are unsure of yourself do not attempt and have a professional do it.

I hope that this will help you out!

~Kelly

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