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rear main seal?

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#1 Midwst


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Posted 28 June 2005 - 08:39 PM

I have a friend with a 96 Legacy, 98K miles. Getting a clutch. Taking it to a shop. She's trying to decide, should the rear main seal be replaced even if it is not leaking? I said either way there is a risk. Replace it, maybe will start leaking. Don't replace it, maybe will start leaking later. Wanted to get other soobie lovers opinions.

#2 ballitch


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Posted 28 June 2005 - 09:20 PM

since shes already paying to have the motor pulled and clutch replaced, might as well tack on another $30 for the parts and labor to do it while its out, and make sure to check those two plastic/aluminum plates back there also, they can leak too.


#3 reddevil


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Posted 29 June 2005 - 12:26 AM

I would say yes.....IF.....the shop knows what they hell they are doing.

#4 idosubaru


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Posted 29 June 2005 - 08:52 AM

i'm with reddevil, i replace every rear main seal i can get to. as long as it's done right then you definitely want it done.

#5 jib


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Posted 29 June 2005 - 09:50 AM

Yes, if only because the labor to get to it is significant and you'll be paying this labor bill already to get to the clutch.

I almost always try to replace degradable parts when they are exposed, espeically when they are hard to get to.


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Posted 29 June 2005 - 10:46 AM

I had the seal and the plate replaced when the clutch was done on advice from the board. The dealer did not change the Pilot bearing and I had to have that done later.
I am very happy with all the seals I had replaced as on a recent trip the car did not leak a drop of oil and the engine stays very clean.
I think the advice on seal replacement on this board was well earned at a high cost and if you listen to them you will be pleased with the results.

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