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I JUST REBUILT MY 4.7L 289 OUT OF A AND INITIAL START/WARM-UP WENT SMOOTH EXCEPT MY REAR MAIN SEAL DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HOLDING. I DON'T OWN A ENGINE OR CAR LIFT AND I WAS WONDERING IS THE A FEASIBLE WAY TO REPLACE THE SEAL WITHOUT PULLING THE

1968 Ford Mustang • 51,000 miles

Can you loosen the main bearings and lower the crank enough to replace it? Or lower trans?
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Katosah
November 15, 2011.



That should be a two-piece rear seal. There's a tool to remove the upper part. You remove the rear bearing cap, then thread what looks like a pick but it has a screw thread on the end, into the end of the rope seal. If you used a rubber lip seal, you should be able to grab the end with a small needle nose pliers. Having a helper turn the crank by hand while you pull on it may make the seal come out easier.

To run the new upper half in, the tool looks like a wire screen formed into a tube, with a single wire for pulling. You feed the wire into the slot, then pull it out the other side. As you continue to pull on it, it acts like a "Chinese finger" and pulls tighter to grab the seal and pull it through. Be sure to lube the new seal with oil.

Caradiodoc
Nov 15, 2011.