Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shop Tip

Occasionally I need to change a leaking shaft seal on a vehicle or engine.  Normally this is a simple job to pry the old seal out and press a new one in.  The job is a little harder if it is on something that is not disassembled all the way.  With the shaft still in place there is no way to pry the seal out.

A method that I use is to drive two sheet metal screws into the face of the seal.  This gives you something to grab onto or pry on.  If there is room a small carpenter type claw hammer works great to pull on the screw heads.

I have to give credit to Dave R for showing me this years ago when working on our race car.


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