Since changing the front crankshaft seal is not a ten
minutes job and didn’t want to have to do it again any time
soon, I decided to go with Viton, much more resistant in
high temperatures and longer life.
Finding it was not that easy but I did.
To make my life easier, I removed the hood, radiator, shroud
and fans, it made all the difference.
Also the radiator was out of harms way.
Taking the pulley and seal out was not hard, it’s all in the
Book and in Bernard Embden’s website.
The trick of jamming the wrench and giving a turn with the
starter to remove the pulley bolt worked miraculously !
The old seal had hardened completely and oil was everywhere…
The only Viton seal I could find was 0.37� wide instead of
This meant that there was a some room left to fit a second
seal, a dust and water shield, so I also purchased a nitrile
spring-less seal 0.25’’ wide that I fitted with the lip
There was just enough space and everything fitted nicely.
The second seal did not go all the way in, but just enough.
If anyone is interested I got extras, please contact me off
Thanks the forum for its invaluable help and support.
Aristides Balanos, 1986 XJ V12,VDP - www.e-psychi.com/jaguar
Roussillon, Provence, France
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