Rear Main Seal for 73 Buick 350 V8

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  1. 73 Century

    73 Century New Member

    I need your help please. The rear main seal on my 73 Buick is leaking. A mechanic I took the Buick to for servicing said that the crank, rods, pistons, etc need to pulled to do the replacement of a rear main seal. A friend of mine at work said it sounds like you have to pull the engine and tranny which is a pretty big job.

    What is the ground truth on what needs to be done to change the rear main seal? Thus far I have spent $670 in service costs & I still have an oil leak. A new radiator, new (rubber) valve cover gaskets and a new water pump have been put on the 73 Buick. The mechanic also completely cleaned out the oil pan & thoroughly cleaned the oil pump pickup screeen that was full of sludge, tarry black clumps of jello like oil deposits.

    The Buick used to belong to my nearly 81 year old Dad. My Dad rarely drove it & just let it sit. It had 54,428 miles on it when my Dad transferred title to me. In a 20 year period (Nov93-Jul13) my Dad only drove it for 8,200 miles; an annual average of 410 miles.
  2. DauntlessSB92

    DauntlessSB92 Addicted to Buick

    Who ever told you the rotating assembly has to be torn down to do the rear main seal is someone you need to run far away from. seal main replacement

    Those are detailed instructions. The easiest way to do this short of removing the engine is to remove the transmission, unbolt the motor mounts and lift the engine with a hoist to enable you to lower the oil pan to get access to the rear main. Its not an easy job but it certainly doesn't require you to rebuild your engine:shock:

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