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Old 02-17-2014, 09:32 PM
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Rear Main Seal

I am writing this thread while extremely frustrated.
After a plethora of research and reading a Hanes manual, I thought I could successfully replace it (Rear main Seal) myself. I have an 05 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 Rocky Mountain Edition. I ran into a bunch of problems while attempting this install. Nowhere I read does it state I need to remove the exhaust. After I pulled all the bolts out of the oil pan and removed the starter I broke the plastic piece holding the coolant lines then I could not get the oil pan out. The exhaust was in the way. I tried removing the exhaust and broke two heads off of the exhaust bolts.

If the early Wranglers (YJs, CJs) where notorious for leaking around the main seal, why the hell would Jeep continue designing them with a two piece seal? That's just asking for trouble in my opinion.

It's been a crapy day. A $100 4 hour job ended up taking 2 days and $450. I wanted to write this thread hopefully to inform those of you interested in trying to DIY of possible "road blocks" throughout this project. Maybe there is a thread somewhere that shows, in detail, how to do this on the newer TJs. I couldn't find one with good pictures.

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Every DIYer has "crappy days". You are better for it. You learned a lot, you know your TJ a little better and you shared your experience with us all so we can benefit from your experience. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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That's a good way to look at it. Thank you for the constructive response!
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It happens. Road blocks are hard to plan for. Here's pretty good link should any future DIY'er run through here...

[Repair] Rear Main Seal Replacement
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:31 PM
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It happens. Road blocks are hard to plan for. Here's pretty good link should any future DIY'er run through here... [Repair] Rear Main Seal Replacement
Yep I saw that write up. It is not accurate for an 03 or newer TJ. There are a couple of big differences. That write up is geared more towards the 97-02.
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Yep I saw that write up. It is not accurate for an 03 or newer TJ. There are a couple of big differences. That write up is geared more towards the 97-02.
Like what big differences? I need to do this when the weather gets nicer :/ Not looking forward to it, lol... any help would be great!
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Try first tightening the last two pan bolts on both sides, closest to the seal. Most of the time, this will stop the oil leak!
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I feel your pain. I had a similar experience when doing mine only I only snapped the head off one exhaust bolt (and then broke off a drill bit in it). It still sits that way. I also ended up with a tranny leak I had to fix because I bumped the coolant lines when doing it.

Still happy I did it myself though there was a lot of cussing as it was occuring.

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