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how hard is it to ? change front crank seal..
86 XR7 5spd Offline
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86 XR7 got some good leaking there at the front crank seal ..

how tough is this job.. ? any tips/tricks appreciated ..

I am an experienced mechanic, and have access to a shop with lift air tools etc
but I cant tie it up for days ,, Wink
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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Pete D Offline
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Ask and thou will receive!

http://natomessageboard.com/ubbthreads.p...#Post23496

Pete Dunham


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86 XR7 5spd Offline
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#3
ok cool doesn't sound too bad..

I saw a youtube viddie which advocated using a paint can opener (church key) to get the old seal out,
w/o having to remove the front cover ...

Thanks Pete !
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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firebirdparts Offline
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I just did a timing belt, and I did find it pretty easy to get back in there. I had the radiator out, so there was lots of room to work.
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
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#5
yup I did the timing belt by the side of the road on my first major road trip right after I bought the XR7 in '08 ...
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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Jeff K Offline
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#6
I always carry a spare timing belt, timing belt tensioner, and 22 mm socket for the crank bolt with me on a road trip in the TC. Came in handy a few years ago at Carlisle when one of our guys threw a timing belt when pulling into a restaurant. We all pitched in, and used my spare belt, and had him back on the road within an hour.
Jeff Korn

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anasazi4st Offline
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Yup second that. I had a bad experience a cold morning almost 5 years ago in Prescott, AZ (in the mountains). Stalled out, then the arrhythmic sound of a mis-timed engine, it had apparently jumped a few teeth. Now in addition to a spare belt, tensioner, 22mm socket I also have a timing gun with me just to be certain it’s correct.
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1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 1 T5OD full rebuild, 5 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
Senior Member
#8
llz ok my 'spares' list keeps growing ... Wink

I *may* have a chance to work on it this coming weekend,
if I do, I will report back...
(maybe even take some pix for a writeup ? .. if there's any interest ?? )
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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