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2000 Toyota Echo Question: Rear main seal leaking

 

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echome, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, San Diego, CA, February 18, 2012, 17:07
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Other than paying someone to take apart the engine to get to the transmission, any other (cheaper) suggestions? I noticed that the oil seems to drip from the same spot at the bottom of the engine. Wouldn't it be great if someone could invent a cheap device that could be hooked on (like a little metal basket) to that certain part of the engine and then it could collect the oil? I guess it might sound stupid to a lot of mechanics, but I don't know anything about cars. My leak isn't bad, but I don't want it contaminating the environment.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, February 18, 2012, 19:44
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    Unfortunately no way round it but to remove the trans to access the rear main seal.

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    echome, February 18, 2012, 20:57
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    Ah, nuts! I figured I'd have to pony up. If someone out there can come up with a "catch-the-oil-drip- cup" in the future, I think s/he would make millions. Thanks again, Patrick.
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