REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
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.
- Remove the transaxle and flywheel.
- Remove the oil pan, then remove the bolts securing the rear main oil seal support ring.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lubricate the seal lip with clean engine oil.
- 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.
- Install the flywheel and transaxle.