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post #1 of 6 Old 03-01-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Changed rear main seal today. What a PITA!

Remove oil pan bolts, remove pan, pull rear main bearing cap and replace seal, reinstall everything. Sounds easy. After 4 hours on my back I'm feeling pretty beat up. Some highlights:
-Can't fit socket on rear oil pan bolts. Curse some before removing starter to free up the shield enough to make it work
-Can't get pan out. Curse some more. Jack up XFR case to create enough clearance.
-Can't get old seal out of block. Curse some. Grind the head off an old screwdriver to make a seal pusher.
-Damage new seal while installing. Curse. Go to store to buy new one - out of stock. Curse some more.
-Finally get the pan and gasket back in place and get most of the bolts snugged up. Realize I forgot to reinstall the crank girdle. Curse - A LOT this time, and I think the trash collectors were at my house and heard me this time.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-01-2013, 10:11 PM
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This makes me think maybe I could endure the leaky on my '96 a little longer.


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post #3 of 6 Old 03-01-2013, 10:29 PM
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**** like this is why I haven't quit my job at a dealership. Having access to the shop and lifts on weekends is priceless.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-04-2013, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Motorcharge
**** like this is why I haven't quit my job at a dealership. Having access to the shop and lifts on weekends is priceless.
Now i need a job at a dealership.

"****, I might **** around and bring the Jeep back No doors on it, flexin' with the seat back"
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-04-2013, 09:42 PM
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Got to do this on the girls Jeep in a couple days, was very easy on mine but mine has 5" of lift. Did you jack up the jeep at all? I feel like I had more than enough space to work

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-05-2013, 06:04 AM
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I suspect mine needs a new RMS but Ima give it some time to see if the leak is chronic and severe enough to dig into a project like this. From what I understand this job can drive a mother****er to straight madness.


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