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I needed to replace the timing belt and water pump so I thought I'd do some preventive maintenance and replace the seals on the crank and camshafts at the same time. I hate to leave one old camshaft seal.
The car has 166,000 miles. How long before camshaft seals normally leak?
Thanks for any help. Without all the great information from toyota nation members, I would not have tackled the timing belt.
http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Shaft-Keyless-Chuck/dp/B001PTSWJ6/ref=pd_cp_hi_1 might work for you, how much space do you have to work with? There might be other versions that are more compact if you don't have the room.
edit - you need something along these lines. There is no specific lifespan of a seal, it can last the life of the engine if the fluids are changed regularly. With cars that I have owned since new I never replace them and they never have leaked yet. The exception is my 1971 Corolla (yes I really do own one) the seals had to be replaced but they were not made near as good back then. My neighbour has one of these it comes in very handy. A quick search for "angle drill attachment" comes up with this stuff.
Last edited by 71Corolla; 06-01-2010 at 07:01 PM.
using a self-taping screw, just lightly hammer it so that it will pierce the seal a bit- then turn it and let the self-tapping part take over
it can go in at a decent angle for the rear cam seal and it'll still work
So, replacing camshaft seals was kinda easy for me, since I removed the valve cover. In this case just unbolt the bracket from the camshaft:
A project car? Camry Wagon V6 LE (pics)
Last edited by Nervous; 06-02-2010 at 12:01 AM.
It will not scratch the cam shaft and provides some leverage.
1995 Camry Wagon LE. 2.2 4cyl, 5S-FE, Auto, 228K