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Old 03-01-2008, 01:25 PM   #11
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I'm thinking of changing out the rear main seal right before dropping the engine in because I need to take the engine off the stand anyways to gain access to it. It should only take a couple minutes. What do you think?
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:17 PM   #12
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Just did mine today. Doing the seal was almost the easiest the part. Getting to it, a royal pain. I removed the front seal by using the sheet metal screw technique. Putting the new one one proved to be a bit more harsh since the flap on the seal kept folding in on it self. But evently, I got it in. I also nailed the timing for the timing belt on the first try. A good 6hrs later, I just want to rest.

The easiest part to remove, THE TIMING GEAR SPROKET. . The crank pulley put on more of a fight.
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My neighbor is trying to replace his timing belt on a 1996 Ranger 2.3L. We couldn't get the crankshaft pulley off, and there is nowhere to mount a puller to it. Is it just stuck? I was advised not to attempt prying it off because there might be some timing sensor pins on the back of it that could take damage. Any suggestions besides the obvious WD40?

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Yeah, you need a puller to get it off. At least I do everytime I have to pull one off. I just use an old universal Craftsman puller I"ve had forever. I think you can rent one for free at your local AutoZone. You have to pay for the tool up front and then when you are finished just return it and you get all your money back.

To put the pulley back on, I just throw it in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes and then slide it on. Whatever you do, DON"T beat on it. Later.




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To put the pulley back on, I just throw it in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes and then slide it on. Whatever you do, DON"T beat on it. Later.




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Oops. Don't know about the oven part. But I light tapped it with a hammer on the back end to loosen it. Once it was loose, it went back on easy.
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Well yeah, you're fine then. I'm talking about actually hitting it with force. A light tap to get it seated should cause no problems. Did you fix the leak?




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I changed the front one for now, along with the oil pan gasket and that cover gasket that holds the front seal. I also did the oil pump gasket, but not the o-rings because they only shipped me one and it was the wrong size. I'm thinking of changing out the rear main seal right before dropping the engine in because I need to take the engine off the stand anyways to gain access to it. It should only take a couple minutes. What do you think?
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The new seal's already in in this picture but it was a piece of cake. I drove it in and out with my MagLight....lol. It was the perfect diameter.




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How did you get your crank sprocket off? I have a 98 2.5L and I'm doing the same thing, replacing the front timing cover. I can't seem to get the sprocket off though?
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