Affected Model/Engine: 1996-1998 Sidekick Sport 1.8L; 1999-2003 Vitara (SQ420), Grand Vitara (SQ625), XL-7 (JA627); and 2002-2003 Aerio (RH420) engines.
CONDITION: Repeat Rear Main Oil Seal Replacement.
CAUSE: The proper installation tools are not used to install seal.
CORRECTION: Use the recommended oil seal guide and installer as referenced in the applicable service manual. (See illustration)
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