Corvette 1997-2005

Engine Rear Cover

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine flywheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the oil pan-to-rear cover bolts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear cover bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear cover and gasket.
  10.  
  11. Discard the rear cover gasket.
  12.  
  13. Clean and inspect the engine rear cover.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Apply a 0.02 inch (5 mm) bead of sealant, 0.8 inch (20 mm) in length, to the engine block. Apply the sealant directly onto the tabs of the rear cover gasket that protrude onto the oil pan surface.
  2.  
  3. Install the rear cover gasket, rear cover, and bolts.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the rear cover bolts until snug. Do not overtighten.
  6.  
  7. Install the oil pan-to-rear cover bolts.
  8.  
  9. Rotate the crankshaft until 2 opposing flywheel bolt holes are parallel to the oil pan surface.
    NOTE
    The tapered legs of the alignment tool must enter the rear cover oil seal bore.

  10.  
  11. Install the Cover Alignment tool J-41476 and bolts onto the rear of the crankshaft.
  12.  
  13. Tighten the tool bolts until snug. Do not overtighten.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the oil pan-to-rear cover bolts to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Tighten the engine rear cover bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Remove the tool.
  20.  
  21. Lubricate the outside diameter (OD) of the oil seal with clean engine oil. Do not allow oil or other lubricants to contact the seal surface.
  22.  
  23. Lubricate the rear cover oil seal bore with clean engine oil. Do not allow oil or other lubricants to contact the crankshaft surface.
  24.  
  25. Install Crankshaft seal installer J-41479 cone and bolts onto the rear of the crankshaft.
  26.  
  27. Tighten the bolts until snug. Do not overtighten.
  28.  
  29. Install the rear oil seal onto the tapered cone until the tool contacts the oil seal.
  30.  
  31. Thread the threaded rod into the tapered cone until the tool contacts the oil seal.
  32.  
  33. Align the oil seal onto the tool.
  34.  
  35. Rotate the handle of the tool clockwise until the seal enters the rear cover and bottoms into the cover bore.
  36.  
  37. Remove the tool .
  38.  
  39. Install the engine flywheel.
  40.  
  41. Install the transmission.
  42.  

  1. Remove the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine flywheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the oil pan-to-rear cover bolts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear cover bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear cover and gasket.
  10.  
  11. Discard the rear cover gasket.
  12.  
  13. Clean and inspect the engine rear cover.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Apply a 0.02 inch (5 mm) bead of sealant, 0.8 inch (20 mm) in length, to the engine block. Apply the sealant directly onto the tabs of the rear cover gasket that protrude onto the oil pan surface.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Apply the sealant directly onto the tabs of the rear cover gasket that protrude onto the oil pan surface

  2.  
  3. Install the rear cover gasket, rear cover, and bolts.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the rear cover bolts until snug. Do not overtighten.
  6.  
  7. Install the oil pan-to-rear cover bolts but do not tighten at this time.
  8.  
  9. Rotate the crankshaft until 2 opposing flywheel bolt holes are parallel to the oil pan surface.
    NOTE
    The tapered legs of the alignment tool must enter the rear cover oil seal bore.

  10.  
  11. Install the Cover Alignment tool J-41476 and bolts onto the rear of the crankshaft.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Install the Cover Alignment tool J-41476

  12.  
  13. Tighten the tool bolts until snug. Do not overtighten.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the oil pan-to-rear cover bolts to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Tighten the engine rear cover bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Remove the tool.
  20.  
  21. Lubricate the outside diameter (OD) of the oil seal with clean engine oil. Do not allow oil or other lubricants to contact the seal surface.
  22.  
  23. Lubricate the rear cover oil seal bore with clean engine oil. Do not allow oil or other lubricants to contact the crankshaft surface.
  24.  
  25. Install Crankshaft seal installer J-41479 cone and bolts onto the rear of the crankshaft.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Install Crankshaft seal installer J-41479

  26.  
  27. Tighten the bolts until snug. Do not overtighten.
  28.  
  29. Install the rear oil seal onto the tapered cone until the tool contacts the oil seal.
  30.  
  31. Thread the threaded rod into the tapered cone until the tool contacts the oil seal.
  32.  
  33. Align the oil seal onto the tool.
  34.  
  35. Rotate the handle of the tool clockwise until the seal enters the rear cover and bottoms into the cover bore.
  36.  
  37. Remove the tool .
  38.  
  39. Install the engine flywheel, refer to Flywheel/ Flexplate section.
  40.  
  41. Install the transmission, refer to transmission section.
  42.  

 
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