Toyota Tacoma 2002-06

Rear Main Seal

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Removal & Installation



Seal Retainer On Engine
  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 transmission.
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  7. Remove the clutch cover assembly and flywheel (manual transmission) or the flexplate (automatic transmission).
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  9. 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.
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  11. 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.
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  13. 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.
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  3. Use a seal driver such as (SST 09223-15030 and 09950-70010) 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.
    NOTE
    Use the correct tools. Homemade substitutes may install the seal crooked, resulting in oil leaks and premature seal failure.

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Seal Retainer Removed
  1. Support the retainer on two thin pieces of wood.
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  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 09223-15030 and 09950-70010) 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.
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