View Full Version : 3vze rear main seal LEAK

04-05-2011, 08:57 PM
Guess what? The 3vze rear main seal is only good for 281,000 miles.

Lost it on the way home from the prerun but made it home.

On the front crank seal, I was able to do the ol' screw a self tapping screw into the seal and pry the seal out with that screw instead of removing the seal housing and doing it the "right" way.

Anyone ever do it on the 3vze rear main seal? Think of a reason why I can't "farm boy" the rear main too?

(Man I must make Robbie cringe everytime I describe my repairs!)

04-05-2011, 10:36 PM
Well you still haven't blown it up.......:D......so you are still going to have to wheel it a little longer. When you do blow it up can I have your shifter knob:rolleyes: or at least your antenna:lmao:

J Kimmel
04-05-2011, 10:56 PM
boy that doesn't sound good...call me if you'd like some help :)

04-06-2011, 09:54 AM
We count on you and your rig too much for the "farm boy" approach.

I want to hear about your long term plan. The time has come. The milk is running dry. You're Runner is very tired. :o

04-06-2011, 10:12 AM
Tom: The shifter knob is pretty worn out too, but you can have it. The stock antenna? yeah that fell off for the last time about 6 years ago.

04-06-2011, 10:16 AM
Never looked at the back of one of those, but man, if anybody can figure it out you can.

04-06-2011, 10:17 AM
Scott: I do need to come up with an "exit plan" for my transportation situation. I just don't want someone else stuck with my completely worn out truck!

After CM2011, I'll have time to compose a better plan.

04-06-2011, 12:44 PM
just drop the tranny, i dont know of any way to jimmy rig it. its a one piece seal. other than cut the seal in half, and cross your fingers, "with lots of toyota sealent"

04-06-2011, 02:32 PM
The easy way and the hard way are the same. Pop that sucker out.

You know you could just as easily (almost) drop a 5VZ in that thing while you're at it. You wouldn't even have to drop the tranny.

(just pull the motor, which is the other alternative anyway). Then heck, you could get a million miles out of that thing.

J Kimmel
04-06-2011, 10:21 PM
really like Bills train of thought....I know the guy that can wire it for you too :)

04-09-2011, 11:03 PM
Jeremy came over and we replaced the main seal today. So far so good.

Robbie will be pleased to learn I also replaced the clutch disk, pressure plate, pilot and throwout bearing. I even had the flywheel turned!

The new clutch is much easier to push. We'll see how it holds up and do some more real world leak testing next week.

Thanks J Kimmel!

04-09-2011, 11:09 PM
Sweet man!!!

That's awesome news! Glad you guys were able to knock it out so quick!

J Kimmel
04-09-2011, 11:56 PM
NEW parts even!

spoiling the ole girl ;)

good to see its running, it went pretty smooth overall, that main seal was pretty easy to do (assuming it doesn't leak again) :)

04-10-2011, 08:26 AM
Nice work guys !!!