While You’re in There

Our Porsche will be back in action soon—and then we start on the black one in the background.
Step 1: Pry out the old seal. Porsche even provides a notch for the screwdriver. You can see our new pilot bearing in this shot, too.
Step 2: Coat the new seal with some silicone-based lubricant..
Step 3a: Tap, tap the new seal into place. This step is much easier when the engine is off the stand.
Step 3b: Or you can use a tool that presses the seal into the engine case. The tool costs about $130, but it's super-easy to use.

One thing that has added some time to this project is all the “while you’re in there” jobs.

One thing that has added some time to this project is all the “while you’re in there” jobs. Since our 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera’s engine is apart and on the stand, we figured we might as well replace the rear main seal. Was it ever replaced? Who knows?

Replacing the rear main seal is normally a giant project since it involves dropping the engine and separating it from the transmission. With the engine already out of the car, however, things were much, much easier. A new rear main seal came with our gasket kit, so we already had one on hand.

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Woody MegaDork
1/16/12 6:06 a.m.

Tell us more about the black car!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/17/12 10:49 a.m.

The black car belongs to a friend, and it's about to get an engine swap.

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