yep, lots of info on here.
on EJ engines (yours) the crank seal is part of the oil pump. so the easiest way to replace the crank seal is to remove the oil pump, install the seal out of the car and carefully install the pump to the engine.
NO! BAD! Very easy to mess up the seal on installation! Remove the pump, make sure the big #3 phillips screws on the back are tight, clean the Fuji Bond off the pump and the block, put a bead of new silicone sealant (I recommend Fuji Bond but it's expensive cuz it comes in a huge tube and you won't use very much, so unless you can get a partial tube from someone, just some gray or black silicone sealant should work fine) on the pump, install a new O-ring, and reinstall the pump. Then, using an appropriate seal driver or large socket, drive the new seal in. If you put the pump on with the seal in it, it's very easy to pop the spring out of the seal and cause it to leak, and it usually starts leaking after you've put the front of the engine back together.
As for having a rack: Put the car in the air, drain the coolant, disconnect the fans, take the bottom bolts out of the fans (if applicable - some are not bolted at the bottom) and take the bottom bolts out of the timing belt covers. Lower the car, take the alternator belt off, remove the alternator and set it on top of the AC pump (no need to disconect it, just makes seeing down in there easier, plus helps when doing the oil pump), take the top bolts out of the fans, remove the fans, remove the radiator since you are replacing it, take the crank pulley off (You'll need to wedge a breaker bar against the frame and bump the starter unless you have the tool to hold the pulley), remove the timing belt covers.
Edited by Hondasucks, 20 April 2009 - 01:20 AM.