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Old 05-25-2004, 11:14 AM
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Rear main seal shoe-horn

okay one of the things i forgot to use was the little shoehorn jobbie do when i put in the main seal, mainly cause i forgot to put in the seal till after the crank was in. so i ended up shaving just a little tiny bit off the back of the seal, talking like not even a 16th of an inch, but i did shave some off. is that gonna leak?

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Old 05-26-2004, 09:18 PM
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Depends on what exactly not even a 1/16 of an inch is. If you're talking about .003"-.005" you might be ok. That's about the thickness of a hair. If you mean something like 1/64 I'd pull the seal out and do it right.
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Old 05-26-2004, 09:21 PM
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Old 05-27-2004, 05:45 PM
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too late tresi, i waited! it's in and it aint comin back out unless it's leakin

to poncho: not that i like to, i just do. i'd have to see a shrink to see if maybe i do like STRESS IN MY LIFE. i was freakin out about it because i forgot to put it in till after the crank was in, so i pulled off the thrust bearing cap and just hoped it would go in. i didnt realize just how easy that stuff was to peel off. shoulda used the shoehorn but didnt think about it till i saw the slivers that were shaved off. that's what happens when you build a motor once every 2-5 years instead of all the time or even once a year. with my memory i'd have to do one a year to remember all the crap i've been going thru. next time i got one word for rebuilding an engine. can you say "crate"?
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Old 05-29-2004, 10:35 AM
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Change the seal. Take the crank out and do it right. You can either do it now while the engine is out, and you haven't wasted and more time. Or you can ruin all of your new gaskets, reassemble the whole thing, start it up, and watch the inevitable unfold before your very eyes.

It is going to leak. Cut your losses and fix it now.
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Old 06-02-2004, 03:14 PM
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sorry i aint bitin this time. i've fixed everything else anybody said i needed to fix but i'm gonna bite the bullet and roll the dice this time. the crank doesnt need to come out anyway. it was in when i put it in, went in easily but shoulda used that shoe horn. i talked to a chevy mech. who said not to worry about it so for once! i'm not gonna. besides the engines in, the oil pans on and if it leaks it's gonna have to pour out before i pull that f'er out again.
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