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Old 09-30-2009, 03:22 AM   #1
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Front crank seal...

So who's had the pleasure of putting a new front crank seal in one of these cars? Any particular tips? How long should it take?

Car in particular is a '99 9-3 auto...

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I do them on almost a daily basis here at work. Take tension off the belt, pull the right front wheel and belt shield. Pull the crank pulley bolt, remove the crank pulley and there is your seal. If you are going to be in there you might as wheel get a good sized pair of snap ring pliers and pull the oil pump cover and replace the o-ring on that too.

With that cover out of the car, take a hammer and screw driver and punch the old seal out from the back side of the cover. Then take a pick or something similar to pull the oil pump o-ring off. Once those are out, fit the new oil pump o-ring, and you can either get the correct seal installer tool and put the new crank seal in with the cover back in the car or you just get some grease, a hammer and a wood block and gently tap the seal into place, then re-install the oil-pump cover in the car.

I usually can do this in about 15-30 minutes (keep in mind, lift/air tools/etc.) I would set aside probably an hour, maybe a little more.
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Yeah, not bad at all. Took me closer to two hours because I had never used the puller and needed to modify it to fit.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
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Harvey's Autohaus has some tips on it too.

p.s. I also have a strange looking black circular tool. Does the c900 tool work for the newer 900s? My mom's 98 has this problem and I figure if it is easy enough I will fix it.
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