Originally Posted by beachbumtroy
ok guys had the rear main seal replaced buy a craigslist mechanic now its leaking worse
anyway he said he had to lower the crank cause he couldnt get the top half of the seal out,and now im re-doing it myself so my questions are....exactly which way does the seal go? i havent seen it yet but was told the cupped side goes towards the motor? and what is the rod bearing torque and order,so i can make sure he did it right if at all,i`m hoping that i can get the old seal out and new one in the way it was intended should have did it myself to begin with just wasnt sure i could handle it now i dont want anybody else to screw it up lol thnx guys for any and all help. p.s its a 99 1500 ram 5.2 motor thnx
You hired an idiot, not a mechanic. He shouldn't of had to lower the crank, matter fact it is bad he did because you are probably going to have bearing issues down the road. He should have used a drift punch and just give it a light tap so the other end of the seal sneaks out, then use your needle nose to grab the seal and pull around the circumference of the shaft. Idiots! The new seal should have instructions included that tell you which direct the seal goes, I believe it is white side out. The point is to make sure that the larger lip is inward so the oil pressure can seal the lip onto the shaft. Make sure that you put a very small amount, I mean small like half a baby pee sized of Black RTV sealant on the space between the seal outer edge and the end cap. As for torque specs I don't remember those off the top of my head and I have them on my other computer but it is too much of a hassle, if you google you can find them in the blink of an eye. Or on this site http://dodgeram.info/
Anyways, this is bad because one idiot on craigslist can ruin it for all the mechanics on craigslist. I am not a mechanic by profession I am actually a mechanical engineering student right now, but I put ads on craigslist as a mechanic so I can make enough money to pay for gas to commute between home and school but also to pay for all the parts and stuff for my ram. The difference between me and everyone else on craigslist is that I actually know what I am doing.