Go to Harbor Freight (or auto parts store) and pick up a seal driver kit like this one. You want to use a driver that is slightly larger than the outer diameter of the seal so you don't drive it in too deep. Just set the seal with your fingers and then tap it in with a hammer until the seal is flush with the transmission case.I have spent almost 3 hours on inserting the seal without any success. I did carefully and slowly, but for some reason, there just doesn’t seem to be a sweet spot for it to go in. The seal and the case seems to be still in good shape. I guess I must have missed something here.
What I have tried:
1. Put 2 fingers on 3 and 9 o’clock positions, and run them along the edge of the seal.
2. Use a 36mm deep socket, which fits right into the inner ring of the seal, and hammered around the other end of the socket.
3. Put a 1/2 extension to the 36mm socket, and hammer on the extension’s end.
Would it work if I use an extension bar and tap it on one end? Couldn’t get the hammer to tap to the seal directly.You have to first position it with your fingers and then use a hammer to lightly tap one end in and slowly work your way around it.
Can this set work before the seal rides on the case? I find it most difficult to get the whole rim of the seal in.
I use a short handle hammer.
Is it okay to tap the hammer on the dust-seal portion of seal?Otherwise, I don’t know how I can manage to just tap on the very thin outer ring.I've also seen people use a small hammer and tap it in by working their way around the seal.
No I did not spray anything recently. That cannot be the coolant indeed, since my coolant is blue. I also think it comes from the transfer case, but I’ll clean that area and use UV dye, probably first with the engine oil, then with CVT fluid, to find out what is what.Did you recently spray engine cleaner or something around that area or inside the housing that would drip down from there?