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.
2000 Cherokee Sport, 4WD Auto 4.0
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2012 WK2 Limited (Wife's)