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Unread 03-15-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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Rear Main Seal Replacement

So I hear that the rear main seal is something that often times needs to be replaced. I plan on replacing my rusting oil pain this summer, should I take the extra steps and preemptively replace the rear main seal?

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Unread 03-15-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat... gotta replace my main seal (at least I think it's the main seal). I've got a itty bitty spot under the center, actually dripping from the v shapped metal on the transmission case. I'm assume this is the main seal. Not really sure how to check without getting under there pulling stuff off.
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Unread 03-15-2006, 12:59 PM   #3
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Unread 03-28-2006, 08:06 AM   #4
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I just checked out the link as my leak is getting pretty bad. I'm can sometimes be "kinda" mechanical.... and I'm wondering if I should try this. I hate doing things that leave me totally screwed if I mess them up.
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Unread 03-28-2006, 03:49 PM   #5
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I just checked out the link as my leak is getting pretty bad.
Could it be a valve cover? Oil adapter? Head?
Many things can leak, changing the wrong part won't fix your leak.
How about cleaning the engine nice and dry, including the back and then watching for the leak. If the usual suspects stay dry, what is left is the rear seal.
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Unread 03-28-2006, 04:55 PM   #6
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Rear main seal is very easy to change out.
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Unread 03-28-2006, 05:44 PM   #7
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Rear main seal is very easy to change out.
In that case go ahead and change it even if there is nothing wrong with it.

IMHO just the fact that you'll have to clean the oil pan is enough to keep me away till it leaks.
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Unread 03-28-2006, 05:55 PM   #8
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So I hear that the rear main seal is something that often times needs to be replaced. I plan on replacing my rusting oil pain this summer, should I take the extra steps and preemptively replace the rear main seal?
I have an 05 with 6,00 miles that has a bad rear main leak
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Unread 03-28-2006, 07:12 PM   #9
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If you are going to be taking off the oil pan anyway, then you may as well do the rear main seal. It isn't much more work after taking the pan off.
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