Toyota Corolla 1988-1997 Repair Guide

Rear Main Seal

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Remove the transaxle from the vehicle. Follow procedures outlined in Drive Train .
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  3. If equipped with a manual transaxle, perform the following procedures:
    1. Matchmark the pressure plate and flywheel.
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    3. Remove the pressure plate-to-flywheel bolts and the clutch assembly from the vehicle.
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    5. Remove the flywheel-to-crankshaft bolts and the flywheel. The flywheel is a moderately heavy component. Handle it carefully and protect it on the workbench.
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  5. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, perform the following procedures:
    1. Matchmark the flexplate or driveplate and crankshaft.
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    3. Remove the torque converter drive plate-to-crankshaft bolts and the torque converter drive plate or flexplate.
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  7. Remove the bolts holding the rear end plate to the engine and the remove the rear end plate.
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  9. Remove the rear oil seal retainer-to-engine bolts, rear oil seal retainer to oil pan bolts and the rear oil seal retainer.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Unbolting the rear main oil seal retainer

  1. Using a small pry bar, pry the rear oil seal retainer from the mating surfaces.
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  3. Using a drive punch or a hammer and small screwdriver, drive the oil seal from the rear bearing retainer.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the rear main oil seal from the retainer-note the supports under the housing

  1. Using a putty knife, clean the gasket mounting surfaces. Make certain that the contact surfaces are completely free of oil and foreign matter.
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To install:
  1. Clean the oil seal mounting surface.
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  3. Using multi-purpose grease, lubricate the new seal lips.
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  5. Using a suitable seal installation tool, tap the seal straight into the bore of the retainer.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Tap a new oil seal in until the surface is flush with the seal edge

  1. Position a new gasket on the retainer and coat it lightly with gasket sealer. Fit the seal retainer into place on the engine; be careful when installing the oil seal over the crankshaft.
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  3. Install the six retaining bolts and tighten them to 7 ft. lbs. (84 inch lbs.)
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  5. Install the rear end plate. Tighten its bolts to 7.5 ft. lbs. (90 inch lbs.).
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  7. Reinstall either the flexplate (automatic) or the flywheel (manual), carefully observing the matchmarks made earlier. Tighten the flexplate bolts or the flywheel bolts to specifications.
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  9. Install the clutch disc and pressure plate (manual transaxle).
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  11. Reinstall the transaxle.
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