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Old 08-06-2005, 11:30 AM
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C6 tail shaft bushing removal

I have to replace the tail shaft bushing and seal on my C6. The guy at my local driveshaft shop told me the way to do it is to unbolt and pull off the tail shaft housing from the tranny and then drive the bushing out with a hammer and dowel...and to replace it the same way (hammer and dowel). Anybody see a problem with this approach?

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Old 08-06-2005, 12:12 PM
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Use a cape chisel and be careful not to damage the bushing bore. You need to be careful driving he new bushing/bearing in, use a driver made for it if you can get one. It has to go in straight and probably have to align the lubrication holes or slots, whatever a C6 has, the same position as the one you took out. It also may have an installation depth requirement, measure the depth of the old one before yu drive it out or get a repair manual.
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When you drive the new seal in..... most of the current seals are slightly wider/deeper than the recess for the seal. The seal flange will set out from the tail housing slightly , this causes no problem
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Seal r&r

There is a tool to r& r the seal,some parts stores will loan it to you ,no need to remove housing,less chance of damage. Auto Zone is one of the stores that does it ,ck them. Good luck Jerry
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There is a tool to r& r the seal...
Jerry,

I am replacing the seal AND the bushing - which on the C-6 are two separate items. My understanding is it is the bushing which must be driven out from the inside (by taking off the housing). The seal could be removed by the tool you are suggesting, but not the bushing. At least that is what I am being told here locally.
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The seal can be removed with just a simple seal extractor. The bushing can be removed with a special service tool which will slide over the output shaft and pull the bushing out. The new bushing is inserted with a special driver as is the seal.

Saves a lot of time and cussing...
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Here is a pic of the bushing remover. They come in different sizes depending on the tranny. There is a set on eBay but I don't know what trans they fit and the Snap on web site is down today for maintaince.

The puller fits down over the output shaft and then clicks over the end of the bushing. Then you tighten the center screw bolt and it extracts the bushing. There is also a matching set of bushing drivers that you can buy too. It holds the bushing and like the puller, slides over the output shaft. Its driven in with a hammer. "New" sets are very pricey, but used ones can be had cheaper or borrow is always good. This is a "used one time in your lifetime" kind of tool unless you are a builder.

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Jmark,

I asked at my local CarQuest about renting such a tool and they had no idea what I was even talking about...much less having the tool. I think I'll call AutoZone to see if I have any better luck there. Like you say, this is a "once in a lifetime" tool, so I'd rather not have to buy it. Actually, after seeing what's involved here, it might be cheaper to get the car to a transmission shop and just pay them to swap out the bushing.

Are there any votes out there for driving the bushing out with a hammer and dowel and replacing it the same way, or is that just asking for trouble.
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If it were me and I didn't have the pullers, I'd pull the tail housing, pound out the old bushing with a chisel and hammer, then use a large socket and tap the new one back in. Tap in the seal and re-install. The tailhousing may have a gasket or O-ring though, so that will need replaced too.

Tranny shop may do it for 20 bucks if you ask nice and carry in the bushing and seal. They should have the gasket or ring if needed too. With an air ratchet and the puller and driver, its about a 10 minute job.
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If it were me and I didn't have the pullers, I'd pull the tail housing, pound out the old bushing with a chisel and hammer, then use a large socket and tap the new one back in. Tap in the seal and re-install.
This is pretty much what my driveshaft shop suggested that I do...only pound it out and in with a wood dowel rather than a chisel. But I like your idea of using a socket even better. I can probably get a closer fit with a socket than a wood dowel so I don't do any damage.

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The wood dowel will need to be about 1 1/4" in diameter. (don't let your wife see you take the clothes rod out of the closet! ) Just start it nice and even. You can get it going with a flat piece of wood and then finish with the socket.

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c6 tailshaft bushing

did myn couple of moths ago, remove the housing remove the seal frome the big end with a dowel or piece of rod round off a old screw driver and gently tapin between bushing and case do that in several places so you have a airia to drive old bush out. install new one with a larg socket then tap the seal in bolt housing on withe new gasket
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