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New Rear Main Seal and Special Tool for Installation on ’95-’04 GM 3.8L Engines
A new crankshaft rear oil seal and Installation tool have been released. Installers must remove the rear main housing from the vehicle in order to properly install the revised seal with the new tool.
Models affected: 1995-2004 GM 3.8L V6 engines (VINs K, 1, 2, 4 RPOs L36, L67, L26, L32)
Crankshaft Rear Oil Seal and Houslng Removal
1. Remove oil pan assembly as outined in the appropriate Service Information Manual.
2. Remove the crankshaft rear oil seal housing bolts.
3. Remove the crankshaft rear oil seal housing and gasket (Figure 1).
4. Place the crankshaft rear oil seal housing face down on a clean surface and support with blocks of wood.
5. Use a suitable driving tool and hammer and lightl tap around the outer edge of the seal to remove it (Figure 2).
6. Clean and Inspect the crankshaft rear oil seal housing making sure It Is free of any foreign material.
7. With all bolts removed from the housing, place It face up on a flat clean surface.
Crankshaft Rear Oil Seal and Housing lnstallatlon
EN 47623 Rear Main Seal Installer
J 8092 Drive Handle
J 45059 Angle Meter
Important: Do not apply or use any oil lubrication on-the rear main oil seal, rear main oil seal housing or rear main seal installer EN 47623. Do not touch the sealing lip of the rear main oil seal once the protection sleeve is removed. Doing so will damage or deform the seal.
Clean crankshaft sealing surface with a clean, lint free towel. Inspect lead-in edge of crankshaft for burrs and sharp edges that could damage the rear main oil seal. Remove burrs and sharp edges with crocus cloth before proceeding.
1. Carefully remove protection sleeve from new rear oil seal assembly.
Important: Notice the direction of the rear oil seal. The new design seal Is a reverse style as opposed to what has been used In the past. "THIS SIDE OUT" has been stamped into the seal as shown in the graphic (Figure 3)
2. Install the seai onto EN 47623 by placing the seal on an angle and using a twisting nlotion until it is fully seated.
3. Place EN 47623 along with J 8092 onto the housing as shown (Figure 4) and apply a constant downward force until the seal is fully seated.
Notice: Do not use a sealant or adhesive when Instailing this component. Use of a sealant or adhesive can cause improper sealing, A component that is not sealed properly can leakleading to extensive engine damage.
4. Install the crankshaft rear oil seal houslng gasket and housing onto the engine. Make sure to use a new oil seal housing gasket (Figure 5).
Important: The plastic inserts in the crankshaft rear oil seal housing bolt holes are used to aid assembly only. The inserts are not required for service.
5. Install the crankshaft rear oil seal housing bolts and finger tighten.
6. Place a straight edge on the engine block oil pan flange and the crankshaft rear oil seal housing flange. Use a feeler gage to ensure there is no more than 0.004 in (0.10 mm) step on each side. If necessary, gently rotate the crankshaft rear oil seal housing to make the step equal on each side (Figure 6).
7. Tighten the crankshaft rear oil seal housing bolts. Tighten the crankshaft rear oil seal housing bolts to 11 Ib ft (15 N.m). Use J 45059 to tighten the bolts an additional 50 degrees.
8. Recheck the step height on each side to ensure the crankshaft rear oil seal houslng did not move. If the step height is beyond specification, reinstall the crankshaft rear oil seal housing and measure the step again. Replace the crankshaft rear oil seal housing if the clearance is still beyond specification.
9. Continue with oil pan installation as outlined in the Service Information Manual.
Some or all of this information was provided by the Automotive
Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA). For more information on
technical bulletins available through APRA call 703-968-2772 or visit www.AutoBulletins.com.