Not to long ago True Mechanics Fixed cars. We didn't just replace parts. We would take stuff apart find the problem. Replace as little as possible. Then put it back togther. Correctly. First time every time.
Well this is a short How to on seals. The one I'm going to show you is the Crankshaft Seal on the front of the motor. This seal is an easy seal to replace. Getting to it is tough. But this seal is only 7 bucks when changing the oil pump that it is attached to is 300 bucks.
This is the same seal that is used in a few differnt areas of you motor. Plus it is used in alot of off car places too.
I didn't have the factory tool to install this seal. So I had to make one.
Step 1: Remove Old Seal.
If you don't own the seal yet. Take it with you to the parts store and match it up. Trust me. Getting the wrong seal will drive you nuts. It has a part number on it that can be crossed to another brand.
Ok now it's time to put it in. lets make a tool.
Step 2: Match the Outside of the Seal
Step 3: Ok, We Found the Right Size
Pipe is a little long now. But all we have to do it measure a little and cut the pipe.
Take the hold it against the side of the pipe. Mark the pipe.
Now hold the Seal to that mark. mark it. hold the washer to that mark. mark it.
Now that is you cut mark. Take a piece of paper and wrap it around the pipe. Square up the edges. Now make a line around the pipe. Take your saw. cut off wheel. What ever you have and cut the pipe ON THE INSIDE OF THAT LINE. We need the thickness of the blade gone for a reason. It will give you room to start the treads. Still with me?
Step 4: Cut the Pipe.
Step 5: Look at Your New Seal Installer
Step 6: Install the Seal
Now place the pipe against the seal. Put the washer on the bolt... Screw the bolt in to the shaft. hand tighten that bolt till it bottoms out. NOW STOP... STAND UP. LOOK LONG AND HARD AT THAT SEAL. ARE YOU GOING IN STRAIGHT. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO, Do you need to spin it. do you need to push it in on one side just a little. It has to go in straight.
Ok. Now that you are sure that everything is lined up. Turn the bolt. LOOOK at the seal. turn the bolt again. Is it going in easy. did it just pop in there a lttle. you will feel all of this.
Keep turning till you are half way in. The back off the tool. pull it out Look at the seal. going in right?
Put the seal installer back on and run it in... Stop with the seal is flush with the houseing.
Step 7: Good Job.
This job could cost you a few hundred bucks if you paid a shop to do it. Like I said, this tool will work on Crankshaft, Camshaft. seals. But stop and look I bet it will work in a few other places too.
Sorry for the mispelled words and Grammer.. I fix cars... And yes I suck at Scrabble.
Hope this helps you.