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Rear Main Seal
As I posted earlier, Mitch Loesher and I have a strong suspicion that
the rear main seal in in 1990 200 is going. There's plenty of oil in
evidence underneath, and it appears like it's being thrown out of the
vent holes in the bellhousing. The spinning torque converter could
certainly create this effect.
Bad luck. I've never had a rear main seal go west, and this is far
from the easiest car to operate on for this problem. I will try
running a semi-or non-synthetic oil to see if the leak stops, as the
Mobil 1 in there is great at getting past weak seals...and being
forced to run standard oil would be a fair tradeoff if it stopped the
Has ANYone on this list ever tackled this? Do you folks have any
opinion about whether the rear main can be replaced without pulling
the tranny and transaxle? If it can be done by dropping the pan, I
might just try it myself...but if it requires pulling the whole drivetrain off, I
think a shop might get my biz - WHEN it gets bad enough to force my
hand......right now it's not leaking enough to lose a quart between 3K
mile filter changes.
Thanks for your thoughts, etc.
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