cam seal

Chrisellenhem at Chrisellenhem at
Wed Jan 26 20:30:43 EST 2005


The cam seal is accessed by taking the timing belt cover(s) off & then the 
camshaft/timing belt sprocket - that's it but not exactly a simple job given the 
limited room.  And while you've got all THAT undone/apart, might just as well 
spring for doing the T-belt itself - unless it's essentially new - and the 
crank seal as well.  I did ALL of this several years ago when I first acquired 
my Avant and it's the 'proper' thing to do.  I rented the complete set of 
factory tools for the job from Blau for a relatively paltry fee.  The timing belt 
tool 'set' includes pullers for removing both the crank & camshaft seals.  Done 
similar jobs without them but the tools certainly make it easier.  Good luck.

Chris Hemberger
Amston, CT
20v Avant

<<Message: 9
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 09:54:33 -0700
From: "Brandon Rogers" <brogers at>
Subject: cam seal
To: "200 20V List" <200q20V at>
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I'm in the midst of an exhaust manifold swap and decided that while I was in 
there I'd see what was causing a small oil leak that leaves one or two drops 
of oil on the ground at shutdown and over the last year or so has really gunked 
up the lower part of the motor.  Anyway it looks like the cam seal is one of 
the culprits (in addition to a plug in the oil galley).  

My question:  To replace the cam seal can I leave the valve cover in place?

Also - I'd like to go ahead and clean up as much of the oil and dirt as 
possible while the EM is off and there is better access - any suggestions for a 
good method?  Or should I wait til it's all back together, then run over to a 
local wand car wash, spray some degreaser/engine cleaner in there and then use 
the sprayer?



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