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PostSubject: More on oil leaks   Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:48 pm

So I just took the '96 RMW out for a maiden voyage after a complete engine resealing job. All new gaskets and seals on the front and bottom end. I have a pretty good drip in front. It's above the crank seal and dry on top of the timing cover.
Leads me to think cam seal or water pump drive seal.

Pull the water pump and pan again and do it them again?
Please tell me there is another option or something I am missing. I fear not.

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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:10 am

Was the special tool used to put the WP drive seal on (cut in half highlighter)? It's likely that one as it will leak if not installed correctly.
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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:49 pm

MacWoody is dealing with the exact same problem right now.

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It will be leaking from the seal 156 closest to the engine. Water pump needs to come off.

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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:18 pm

I got it. Been there recently.
So how exactly does the flare work. It closes back down once installed? As I understand it, the outer part is the seal, you just don't want the inner part to fold in. Can you us a drift or something to open it up?

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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:10 pm

Ok, so I pulled the water pump and the water pump seal is dry.
Must be the cam seal. I'll pull the opti tomorrow after work and see what it looks like.

Yayyyyy.
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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:34 pm

I bought one of the seal tools when one of the guys on the Impala forum was making them. But I have used a Sharpie cover with the pocket clip ground off a couple of times and they work very well.
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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:33 am

Problem found!
As you can see, the seal is rolled out. Back together tonight hopefully for good.

Before starting this job back in December I read all the manuals many times over. Never came across anything about prepping this seal. Live & learn. On the plus side, only took an hour and a half to get to this point this time.

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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:39 am

I spun this up on the lathe last night.
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Two late nights, two early mornings, back together for good this time I hope.
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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:09 pm

Road test #2. I'll check for leaks in the morning.

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PostSubject: Re: More on oil leaks   Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:45 pm

Well???? Any leaks?

Thanks
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