front crankshaft seal on 1997 Dodge Neon

The front crank seal blew in my neon today, and i'm wondering how many hours book time is on the repair. And will I be able to pull off the crank pulley in the car, or do I have to remove the engine? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

by in Washington, DC on February 12, 2009
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on February 12, 2009
You might as well service your timing belt because to replace the crank seal you have to remove and replace the timing belt and any other components that need replacing ( camshaft seal , tensioner etc. )
ANSWER by on February 12, 2009
Here's a link that shows the oil pump but the crank seal is the same procedure up until you remove the pump. http://bit.ly/iZx2F You can remove the pulley with the engine in the car but you'll need a puller. Like hemi says, there are a few other things you might as well do 'while you're there'. Time is about ~4.5 hours, I would budget at least an afternoon in your driveway or start in the morning and be ready to spend a day on it. I would definitely have a manual on hand for this repair and all the tools (puller, torque wrench, pulley installer, seal installer, etc). hope this helps
COMMENT by on March 04, 2009
If you're a tech, this should be no problem. If you do the timing belt as well, there is a cam crank sensor relearn procedure you need a scan tool for. This page has instructions to access it with your scan tool http://www.turbomopar.net/dodge-neon-manuals/dodge%20neon%20engine/dodge%20neon%20engine_0046_Dir/dodge%20neon%20engine_0046_Page1.htm
ANSWER by on March 01, 2009
book time should be 2 hr . do you have time to do it yourself , did you pull codes for this item.
COMMENT by on March 02, 2009
yes i have time. I'm a fully certified mechanic. Have never done much work on neons though. never got a code, I can see the oil pissing out of the seal when it's running.
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