HELP! How to Install Camshaft Seal??? (I-5 motor)
SuffolkD at aol.com
SuffolkD at aol.com
Sun Jun 6 12:34:42 EDT 2004
Ameer: I just watched two of these things done this weekend with the special
tool. The tool is critical and seemed to justify the $90 or so price of the
tool. Especially since you could borrow one from a lister for $20 or so.
Even buy it and rent it back out to difuse the cost.
Either way: Notes I made.
I have video and pictures of these steps. From memory:
One seal is pressed in where the 3 o'clock position was deeper than the 9
This weeped............and was replaced this weekend.
Ray noted there is a ridge or step on the crank. If you push the seal in too
far it will double over on itself because of the ridge/step. Also it may be
worn away by something in contact inside the block?
This whole proceedure took about 20 minutes and the tool had a plastic depth
to make a perfect alignment.
I have photos if you want to double check your seal depth.
HTH - Scott by BOSTON
> From: Ameer Antar <antar at comcast.net>
> Thanks for the advice Brian, I was finally able to get the camshaft seal on
> pretty easily without folding over th inner lip. I loosened the cam bearings
> a bit to control how far the seal went in, backing up a little if it started
> to fold over. It seems pretty tough to do w/o the tool if the bearings are
> At first I had a little trouble tightening the cam gear bolt. The allen key
> trick may have worked for me when loosening it, but it won't work for
> tightening since it's the other direction. I made a simple cam locking "tool" out of
> a 4" piece of flat stock. One end has a hole for the top alternator mount
> bolt and the other end has a hole for a bolt and nut which is used to stick in
> between the cam gear arches to keep it from moving. The nice thing is I'll be
> able to use this for taking the cam gear bolt off and on w/o worrying about
> slipping. Just thought I'd share the experince.
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