Toyota Celica, Corolla, ECHO & MR2 1999-05

Rear Main Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Transaxle
     
    Clutch assembly
     
    Flywheel or flexplate
     

  2.  
  3. Use a small sharp knife to cut off the lip of the oil seal. Take great care not to score any metal with the knife.
  4.  
  5. Use a small pry tool to pry the old seal from the retaining plate. Be careful not to damage the plate. Protect the tip of the tool with tape and pad the fulcrum point with cloth.
  6.  
  7. Inspect the crankshaft and seal lip contact surfaces for any sign of damage.
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To install:

  1. Apply a light coat of multi-purpose grease to the lip of a new oil seal. Loosely fit the seal into place by hand, making sure it is not crooked.
  2.  
  3. Use a seal driver of the correct size to install the seal. Tap it into place until the surface of the seal is flush with the edge of the housing.
  4.  

Seal Retainer On Engine

Use the correct tools. Homemade substitutes may install the seal crooked, resulting in oil leaks and premature seal failure.

  1. Remove the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the clutch cover assembly and flywheel (manual trans.) or the flexplate (auto. trans.).
  4.  
  5. Use a small sharp knife to cut off the lip of the oil seal. Take great care not to score any metal with the knife.
  6.  
  7. Use a small prytool to pry the old seal from the retaining plate. Be careful not to damage the plate. Protect the tip of the tool with tape and pad the fulcrum point with cloth.
  8.  
  9. Inspect the crankshaft and seal lip contact surfaces for any sign of damage.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Apply a light coat of multi-purpose grease to the lip of a new oil seal. Loosely fit the seal into place by hand, making sure it is not crooked.
  2.  
  3. Use a seal driver of the correct size to install the seal. Tap it into place until the surface of the seal is flush with the edge of the housing.
  4.  

Seal Retainer Removed
  1. Support the retainer on two thin pieces of wood.
  2.  
  3. Use a small prybar to pry the old seal from the retaining plate. Be careful not to damage the plate. Protect the tip of the tool with tape and pad the fulcrum point with cloth.
  4.  

To install:

  1. Apply a light coat of multi-purpose grease to the lip of a new oil seal. Loosely fit the seal into place by hand, making sure it is not crooked.
  2.  
  3. Use a seal driver such as (SST 09223-60010) of the correct size to install the seal. Tap it into place until the surface of the seal is flush with the edge of the housing.
  4.  

 
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