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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sun, Aug-16-2015, 11:17:58 PM   #1
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Default Front crank seal installation

Any tools or tricks for getting the front crank seal into place on the S54 without kinking the lip? I've done quite a few crank seals in my life, but this one is fighting me, even getting it perfectly square the lip still wants to hang up.
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Very tricky seal to install. I suggest if diy, get more than one and borrow the special tool.
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Default Re: Front crank seal installation

I actually ordered two more already. Link to the tool? I was thinking of trying a lip wizard/plastic card, like what I've used for piston seals on auto transmissions. Problem is that the lip of the seal and the outer ring both make contact around the same time, so it's hard to drive the seal on while guiding the lip over the shaft.
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Default Re: Front crank seal installation

You are correct about the lip correlation. As far as a link, I could never find the tiol anywhere to purchase. If you find it post it up here. I would to but it for my personal use and maybe to rent out.




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I actually ordered two more already. Link to the tool? I was thinking of trying a lip wizard/plastic card, like what I've used for piston seals on auto transmissions. Problem is that the lip of the seal and the outer ring both make contact around the same time, so it's hard to drive the seal on while guiding the lip over the shaft.
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Default Re: Front crank seal installation

I recently did this job and decided to take some extra pictures of the components and processes that are involved with changing this seal. Hope this helps someone!

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