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Old 06-30-2004, 02:22   #1 (permalink)
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Question Rear Main bearing seal

Is it possible to replace the 2-piece rear seal without removing the crank? I'm really trying to avoid touching anything else as its all fairly new and in good nick, I just need to replace a faulty rear seal.
Any other options or ideas are appreciated
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Crank has to come out. Good luck...
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go to your local repco or bursons and ask for a 'sneaky pete'
no joke, its is an actual tool specifically made for what you want to do.
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Re: Rear Main bearing seal

A mechanic at work mentioned a sneaky pete. What is it, a tool or a kit or is it the name of the seal I need?
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Re: Rear Main bearing seal

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A mechanic at work mentioned a sneaky pete. What is it, a tool or a kit or is it the name of the seal I need?
It is a kit comprising a remover for the existing seal, kind of like a cork screw
It also has a couple of gadgets in it to install the new seal.

Not just a single use tool, but worth the investment.

Word of caution, when you go to get the new seal, get 2, first time using the sneaky pete can be a bit of a learning experience but just follow the instructions and you should be ok.

Have a look at Sneaky Pete
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Re: Rear Main bearing seal

Just a bit of info....

I have heard of a guy actually geting the block / bearing cap machined to accept an external rubber seal to be pressed in, same as the 6cyl have.

Its a good idea, and may be worth doing if a rebuild is ever planned.
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Yes it is lve done it before as long as it is not the rope seal type!
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Re: Rear Main bearing seal

Same here, i've done it too. As long as you can get the sump off with the engine still in the car. No special tools are required.

Also spend an extra couple of bucks and get the premium quality seal (the brown one)
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Re: Rear Main bearing seal

Thanks for the info fellas, I'll be giving it a go in the next week or so.
Re: Machining the block and cap. I saw some photos on the weekend of a recently built engine with this done. It looks really good and is probably something I'll do next time I'm rebuilding.
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Re: Rear Main bearing seal

Doesn't the block have pins in it to properly locate the rope seal? I know that when you are putting in the 2 piece neoprene seal you have to knock out these pins, therefore, if these pins are still in, a packing extractor (sneaky pete) would not pull out the seal, yes or no?
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