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'95 Ford F150, Crankshaft Leak

Q: I have a ‘95 Ford F150. The 4.9L 6 cylinder engine has a rear crankshaft seal leaking. My question- what can I do if the seal riding surface on the crank is grooved after I get the old one removed? Do any part suppliers have a sleeve that can be pressed on to the crankshaft to provide a new riding surface... Tom B.

A: Damage can occur any time a rubber seal rides against a metal surface . You may ask how can a piece of rubber damage a metal part? Essentially it isn’t the rubber that does the damage. It’s the dirt that gets caught between the rubber seal and the metal that causes the damage. Over time the dirt just wears the metal away like sand paper would. In your case the repair is a stainless steel sleeve that is pressed on, over the damaged area. The kit to perform this repair is call a sleeve’n seal kit. Most any real parts store either stocks or can get this repair kit. One tip, if you’ve never performed this type of repair, be sure to buy the installation tool. It’s a bit pricy but it costs less than buying a couple of sleeve’n seal kits for practice.

 
     
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