Honda CRV/Odyssey 1995-2000 Repair Information

Rear Crankshaft Oil Seal



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  3. On CRV and 4-cylinder Odyssey models remove the transaxle assembly.
  5. On V6 Odyssey models, remove the engine and transaxle assembly then separate the transaxle from the engine.
  7. On vehicles with an automatic transaxle, remove the driveplate from the crankshaft.
  9. On vehicles with a manual transaxle, remove the flywheel from the crankshaft.
  11. Carefully pry the crankshaft seal out of the retainer.

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: This seal puller made gripping the lip of the rear main seal easy Simply press the pointed edge into the rubber lip of the seal, pivot the arm, and pull lightly

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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the seal by pulling it away from the crankshaft with your fingers

To install:

Check the outer edge of the seal housing for burrs or sharp edges. Use a suitable pocket knife of edge reamer to chamfer the edges to prevent seal damage during installation. Do no use any sealant or lubricant on the outer portion of the seal or housing. The outer portion of the seal and the housing should be clean and dry.

  1. Apply a light coating clean engine oil to the sealing lip of the new seal. Make sure to keep the outer surface of the oil seal and housing clean and dry.
  3. Apply a light coating of lightweight grease such as white grease or petroleum jelly to the crankshaft journal seal surface. Do not use wheel bearing, chassis or C/V joint grease.
  5. Install the seal onto the crankshaft and into the housing using the appropriate seal driver. Make sure the seal is installed evenly.
  7. Install the flywheel or driveplate using new mounting bolts, torque to specification and install the transaxle.

Tighten the mounting bolts in a three step crisscross pattern to the following specifications:

Manual transaxle flywheel: 75.9 ft. lbs. (103 Nm)
Automatic transaxle driveplate: 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm)