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Old 03-19-2017, 04:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by KLR3CYL View Post
Here is a photo of of a machined flywheel and rear main seal being ready for shipping.
any tips on replacing the rear main seal, I see Honda sells a very expensive tool for the removal of the IMA motor, is that necessary? I'm trying to track down an oil leak (motor is very dirty, hard to tell where it's coming from), but it's not from any of the oil pan seals which I removed and replaced when I did the clutch a few months ago.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Default What to look out for when changing rear main seal?

I had the pleasure of changing the clutch, pressure plate, throwout and pilot bearings, replacing the ISB and removing the clocking tabs from the synchronizer on my Insight a few years ago.

However, I have never experienced the pleasure of changing the rear main seal. What does one need to look out for when removing the IMA motor, and then actually removing the rear main seal? Do we have to remove the IMA cables? I looked, but did not succeed in finding a procedure on this forum.

I am going to try to help a friend (mostly with advice and use of my shop) replace the transmission, clutch, rear main, etc. using the parts KLR3CYL shipped, and wanted to ask for help as I don't want to guide Daniel into a disaster.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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I replaced the rear main seal on my previous Insight. You need to remove the permanent magnet rotor, for which you will very likely need the special tool. My local Honda dealer lent me the tool at no charge and it made the job easy. Once you remove the rotor, it's just like replacing the seal on any other car. The tool is also used to reinstall the rotor. No need to remove any wiring or the stator.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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An alternate method is to shim the rotor into the housing tightly all the way around.

But then you have to take off the housing/stator with the rotor as a unit, as well.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Default Rear main seal

We do the rear main seals often here in the shop along with the replacement of the clutch and or transmission. Getting to the main seal is much easier than others have made it out here in the forum. We have never had to use any special tools to hold the motor, we've probably done this on Insights at least 30 times with no problems, whatsoever.

With the transmission removed, you have to remove the clutch assembly. The pressure plate is held on with 6 10mm head bolts that are 12 point, be sure you have the proper socket.

Remove the flywheel. 6 bolts, 14mm head.

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