Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Main Oil Seals

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear main oil seal, retainer and gasket

The front crankshaft oil seal retainer can be removed and a new seal installed after the pulley and drive sprocket have been removed. The rear main oil seal is located in a housing on the rear of the cylinder block. To replace the seal, the engine and transaxle must be separated. The transaxle can be removed without removing the engine.

  1. Remove the transaxle and flywheel.
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  3. Remove the oil pan, then remove the bolts securing the rear main oil seal support ring.
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  5. Using a small prytool or VW seal remover tool, very carefully pry or pull the old seal out of the support ring. Discard the old gasket.
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Fig. Fig. 2: A small prybar can be used to remove the oil seal (front seal shown)

To install:
  1. Carefully tap the new seal into the support ring with a small plastic or rubber faced hammer. Be sure the seal is being driven in evenly, do not cock it to the side.
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Fig. Fig. 3: A large socket can be used to drive the front seal into the retainer

  1. Lubricate the seal lip with clean engine oil.
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  3. Install a VW seal installation tool or a similar protective cover on the crankshaft to avoid damaging the seal. Install the seal, be careful not to damage the seal or score the crankshaft. Tighten the bolts in a crisscross pattern until they are snug. Remove the installation tool or protective cover.
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Fig. Fig. 4: A rear main oil seal protector (arrow) is necessary when installing the new seal

  1. Install the flywheel and transaxle.
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