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Installation sleeves for Various Seals

Various seals on Audis require an installation sleeve. Valve stem 
seals and the front crankshaft seal come to mind.

I think I understand the reason- it's to protect the sealing edge as 
you slide the seal over what is usually a sharp edge of the shaft
or stem being sealed.

But is the sleeve really needed? Can't I just be careful when I slide 
it on?

Or, as an alternative, how about using vinyl electrical tape to cover
the sharp edge? As long as the tape doesn't shed any adhesive
(el-cheapo vinyl tape does tend to shed its glue), shouldn't this


-Douglas Hurst Quebbeman (dougq@iglou.com)            [Call me "Doug"]
    QuattroClub USA# 4536              Audi International # 100024
       74 100LS Auto, 77 100LS Auto, 84 Coupe GT, 86 5Kcstq   
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