Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
You will have to remove the pan and may have to remove the valve body to pull the shaft out and get access to the seal. Many shifter shafts have a bolt on the detent cam that makes it unecessary to remove the valve body. I have always used a large screwdriver, stuck it in under the lip of the seal and pryed them out without trouble. Tap the new seal in flush and it doesn't hurt to lightly grease the exterior of the seal with rtv in case the seal bore is slightly scratched. Grease the shaft lightly with vasiline before installing. If any of the pan bolt holes are sucked up, tap them flat again with a ball-peen hammer. Inspect the pan gasket surface on the case for drain holes and be certain your gasket is cut away as necessary so the drain back holes aren't blocked. Use a good gasket (not cork) and loosely install all bolts. Do a final torque to spec in an alternating sequence. Usually the spec is in the neighborhood of 12 ft-lbs (same for valve body bolts if removed). Your pan gasket should not leak, but may weep a bit over time as they all tend to do.
[This message has been edited by dnult (edited 08-09-2002).]