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Rear Main Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the transaxle assembly.
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  7. Remove the clutch and flywheel assembly, if equipped with a manual transaxle.
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  9. Remove the flexplate-to-crankshaft bolts, the flexplate and shim plates, if equipped with an automatic transaxle.
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  11. Cut the oil seal lip with a knife. Install a rag to the housing and using a screwdriver, carefully pry the oil seal from the oil seal housing. Clean the gasket mounting surfaces.
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To install:

  1. Clean the oil seal housing. Coat the oil seal and the housing with clean engine oil.
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  3. Install the oil seal into the housing and tap it evenly into place with a hammer and a large diameter piece of pipe. The seal must be flush with the edge of the rear cover.
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  5. Install the flywheel assembly or the flexplate, as applicable, and tighten the mounting bolts to 71-76 ft. lbs. (97-102 Nm).
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  7. Install the clutch assembly, if applicable.
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  9. Install the transaxle.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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