What a mess I got into.
The patient is a 2001 Ford Taurus SES, 3.0L OHV, Ax4s Trans. It needed a hub bearing, inner cv and ball loint on passenger side. After some false starts on parts I got it taken down and was all set to reassemble. Probably not a long process at that point.
Then I got really stupid. I had in my possession a replacement seal for the output shaft on the trans where the splines from the inner CV Joint go into the transmission. The old one seemed fine and dry but I thought it wasn't a bad idea to replace it.
I had not gotten my on line access yet so I referenced the local Haynes Manual I have. Bad mistake. It described a very easy process to remove the old seal. Can't be done.
At this point the old seal is wrecked from numerous removal attempts. Can't remove it. It appears I have to get a set of Ford Rotunda Tools to remove and reinstall the seal. This is expensive. If all it does is wipe out my savings on the work I'll be lucky.
All this is true, unless, unless the old seal can be pulled somehow with more common tools.
To add to the hilarity the manual and the online svc indicates a two piece seal As far as I can see it is a one piece sort of like a drum brake inner seal gone wild. The Haynes manual picture is not the same as the OEM seal.
So, do I buy all those tools or is there an easier answer. Can I keep hacking at the old one without damaging the trans. case? The picture is of a new OEM seal from the dealer.
have the same problem?
Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 1:06 PM