repair sleeve on rear main seal 1993 SE
While she'* in pieces, I'm certainly gonna replace rear main seal. Has anyone ever used the sleeve kits from Timkin and/or Felpro - light press fit over crankshaft to give that seal a new surface to ride on? The sleeve measures .012" thick, which essentially means the diameter of the crank where the seal rides is gonna grow .024" (or slightly more) in diameter.. They don't sell an oversized seal to compensate, I'm a little nervous about that extra "strain" this will put on the seal.. Years past, you had to be VERY careful about seal specs, premature failure was common. I also hate installing new seals on older surfaces with the inevitable slight groove that is always there. Harmonic balancers are no big deal, heck, almost fun to change those. I don't want to pull this thing apart again. Thoughts and experiences please..
1993 Bonneville SE, frame off resto in progress, will be stock except painted black & chrome t-stars, estimated finish date - spring 2009.
Cars in my "fleet": the bonny project, the bonny parts car, 1999 Olds eighty-eight LS anniversary, 2004 chrys T & C.
Husband, father of two daughters, deer hunter and lover of most things GM, (although I do like my Chrysler minivan) - but nothing comes before my girls..
I'd much rather go home after work and be with my family than do anything else..