How to Replace a Damaged Oil Pump Seal
You can't set the road on fire if your engine lacks sufficient lubrication. Because the combustion chamber constantly emits extreme heat, you need enough oil in your engine to keep the temperature down and lubricate the metal parts. Loss of lubrication can damage the engine, so you need to ensure the oil pump is free from leakage. A strong oil pump seal is necessary to keep the oil in and the contaminants out. If this seal cracks or breaks, you need to replace it right away to prevent the oil from seeping out. Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in replacing a damaged oil pump seal:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Short #3 Phillips-head bit
- 3/4-inch 30mm socket with breaker bar
- Flathead screwdriver
Step 1: Take the top bolts off the fan shroud so that you can detach it from the radiator. Next, remove all bolts holding the fan clutch in place and pull out the assembly. Be careful not to damage the radiator when doing this.
Step 2: Remove your steering stabilizer and splash shield. Next, use a 3/4-inch 30mm socket with breaker bar to remove the crankshaft pulley. Place the socket underneath the frame's passenger side and disengage the distributor lead. Bump the starter to loosen the pulley's bolt.
Step 3: Remove the idler puller and the oil pump cover. Use a short #3 Phillips-head bit to take off the cover's screws. You can use a ratchet and a screwdriver to loosen the bolts before removing them.
Step 4: Pry off the oil pump cover using a small flathead screwdriver. Make sure you place a container directly under the oil pump so that no oil will be spilled once you've pulled the cover off. Clean the cover and the surrounding area to remove old oil.
Step 5: Install the new oil pump seal and use engine oil to hold it in place. Put the cover back and tighten all bolts. Reassemble the parts you removed earlier to complete the installation.
- You can use a small hammer to loosen the bolts on the oil pump cover more easily. Tap the hammer on the cover for about 30 seconds to seat the Phillips bit and release the bolts.
- Remember not to hit the radiator when tapping on the oil pump cover.