You should be able to see the ends of the upper half of the seal. The tool is like an awl with a self-tapping thread on the end. You run that into the end of the seal, in the middle, then use that to pull it out. Having a helper turning the crankshaft at the same time may help. You might also be able to grab it with a needle nose pliers.
To install the new half, the tool looks like a "Chinese finger". You put the end of the seal inside the braided string, fish the end over the crankshaft, then pull on it to run the new seal in. Very commonly the seal will be too long to allow that pull-tool to make it all the way around so it can be removed, then you cut the seal to fit.
Monday, April 16th, 2012 AT 10:20 PM