camshaft oil seal

Tony Hoffman auditony at
Sun Oct 18 14:42:05 PDT 2009

I always use a socket that lines up with the outside diameter of the
seal. Done hunderds (if not thousands) this way, always with great
results. Just carefully hold the seal and socket square with the
surface when first hammering it in. You can also use grease on the
outside, to aid it sliding in.

However, if you want to use the tool, a longer bolt will work for it.
I know the tool you are talking about, I have one specific for doing
the rear crank seal on an air cooled VW engine. Works pretty well, but
for the smaller seals I like the socket way much better.


On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 11:33 AM, Kneale Brownson <kneale at> wrote:
> Looked a little seepy, so I boldly extracted the camshaft oil seal on my
> 200q20vA, thinking I could install the new one using the highly
> overpriced plastic tool that works for installing crankshaft seals.
> Doesn't work so well.  Camshaft pulley bolt is too short to reach the
> threads to pull the seal on using the tool.
> If I get a longer camshaft pulley bolt, will the crankshaft tool work
> for installing the camshaft seal?  If not, can I just try a flat piece
> of metal with a hole drilled in it for the camshaft pulley bolt?  I know
> I only want the seal to be flush, not in far enough to plug the oil hole.
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