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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:17 pm 
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My 73 El Camino engine is leaking from the timing cover. I pulled the harmonic balancer and found 2 grooves in it. I bought a new balancer . This engine has 40,000 miles since it was rebuilt. Due to the grooves on the old balancer should go further replace seal in timing cover?


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:24 pm 
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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:29 pm 
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Thank you. Will I need to pull the water pump to get the timing cover gasket to seal right?


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:24 pm 
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if you're replacing the timing cover gasket that mates the cover to the block then yes,if you're changing just the seal that meets the balancer to the cover then no.

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:12 pm 
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Thank you. I think I'll just change the seal that meets the balancer.


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:04 pm 
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What do I use to remove the old seal? What kind of tool is used to put the new seal in?


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:50 am 
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with round seals like that I usually use a screwdriver and work around it bit by bit, then if it's flat across i'll use a mallet or hammer with a flat piece of something (block of wood, etc.), or if it has a protrusion as in your case I'll use a socket that's appropriately sized (will be pretty big in your case, probably well into the 30+mm)... no heavy hammer hits either, force it in on one side and you can distort the seal and be back where you started.

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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:59 am 
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Thanks guys. I was able to get it out. With my poor luck I tore the cover. So I ordered a new cover. This is my first time doing this so it's a good learning experience.


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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:14 pm 
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I received my new timing cover today. I put a new seal in it. I removed the water pump and some of the cover bolts. Hope to get more accomplished this evening.


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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:18 am 
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I removed the timing cover and started clean up.


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:26 pm 
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I put the new timing cover and balancer on today.


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:25 pm 
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I got the new pan gasket on today. Hope to get it running tomorrow to check the leak situation.


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:45 pm 
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Nice job keeping at it i hope you find the leak

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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:17 pm 
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Thanks. It still leaks the same. The search for a solution continues.


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