I recently had the alternator replaced and was informed that the front engine seal has a leak in it. How extensive is this to repair and approximately how much money am I looking at?
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2000 Hyundai Elantra
Question: Engine Leak
Answer #1blindsquirrel February 09, 2010, 12:18Journeyman
Can you be more specific as to which front engine seal? Crankshaft or Camshaft? Are they recommending replacing both? These should be replaced along with a timing belt replacement, how long has it been since the timing belt was replaced?
Replyc_redhead, February 09, 2010, 14:48Rookie
I had a friend fix the alternator, who works on cars often, and he believes it is the main crankshaft seal in the front. I have not owned the car very long, came to me with these problems, so I do not know when the timing belt was last replaced.
Replyblindsquirrel, February 09, 2010, 14:54Journeyman
The timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 miles. If the belt was to break, engine damage will occur, so if there is any question, it's a good idea to replace the timing belt and all the front seals at the same time.
A shop will charge around 3 hours to replace the front crank seal, but I bet your friend is capable of performing this job.
Replyc_redhead, February 09, 2010, 15:42Rookie
He could, but I gather its a pretty extensive job, and for that he doesn't have the actual time or the tools necessary. How many more hours labor for the timing belt?
Replyblindsquirrel, February 09, 2010, 15:47Journeyman
The approx. 3 hours is for the crank seal, but the timing belt is removed during this repair, so no extra labor, just parts.
Answer #2Visitor, April 27, 2010, 13:57
hi u can do the job your self if not it only cost u like 170bucks with u buying the parts
Answer #397gt April 28, 2010, 17:58Rookie
hope your seal dosent blow out like all the ones ive tried.if leak persists and u find problem please let me firstname.lastname@example.org