I cleaned it all up and started the engine again, After just a few seconds the oil seemed to be coming from behind the flywheel and dripping down the side of the engine.
I removed the flywheel and upon inspection it appears top be leaking from the bottom bolt of the bearing plate. I don't see any coming from the seal but I am not sure the oil level would be high enough to leak from the seal at rest. Would it hurt anything if I overfilled the crankcase to see if the seal is leaking or should I just replace the seal since I am replacing the gasket.
The parts list shows the bearing plate as a unit which includes a ME-170-1 Brg Cup and PH-529 oil seal. It does not list a seperate gasket
Before I remove the bearing plate I need to know if the crankshaft will want to drop and cause trouble with the cam or governer. What precautions should I take? It looks like I can remove it from the front, has anybody replaced this seal and gasket without a total rebuild?
Pics of front of engine after sitting 24 hours YOu can see the oil runnig down from the bottom bolt. I know the oil could be coming from higher but I see no signs of that.
Edited by Bigdaddydon, May 23, 2012 - 06:32 PM.