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Front crank seal

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Cragbartlett, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. Feb 11, 2020 at 5:49 PM
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    Cragbartlett

    Cragbartlett [OP] New Member

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    I recently purchased a ‘99 Tacoma with 350k on it.
    When I got it the owner said it goes through about a quart of oil a week, and thought it might be an oil pump issue.
    After I pulled it into my garage there was in fact a massive puddle and a waterfall of oil coming out of the front end.
    Once the whole front end was apart I had considered changing the oil pump just to be sure but decided against it. The oil pressure was fine, and I really didn’t want to drop the oil pan or do some shotty rtv job trying to replace it.
    The old crank seal came out by hand with almost no effort. Matching the old with the new showed marked a difference in thicknesses. I.D. and O.D. Were the same but the part numbers were off by one digit. (I’m assuming that during the last timing belt swap they decided to do the crank seal and installed the wrong seal and/or didn’t press it in enough?) for added assurance I put a little ultra grey around the outside of the seal (at 350k why not?)
    New $15 seal and timing belt kit later and she’s holding strong.

    Also, I didn’t feel like dropping $57 on a harmonic dampening tool so I fabricated one out of some scrap pipe.

    Thanks for reading.

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  2. Feb 11, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    Black DOG Lila

    Black DOG Lila Well-Known Member

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  3. Feb 11, 2020 at 7:03 PM
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    Kiloyard

    Kiloyard Road Warrior

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    Impressive fabrication job on the crank pulley tool. That's better than using a two-by-four. I wonder if the PO ever noticed the oil leak started after some shop did the timing belt job...
     
  4. Feb 12, 2020 at 2:40 PM
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    thenodnarb

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    dang brother. good job. you earned that purchase. hope you got a great deal.
     

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