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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:59 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3
Hi all,
I did an oil change on my 2004 9-3 Aero (210bhp) today, and while I was under there, I noticed not one but two separate oil leaks. The first seems to be coming from the pulley side crankshaft oil seal. I was aware of this leak previously but it seems to be getting worse. I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and replace the seal. After a bit of googling it looks like this is fairly doable, just a matter of removing the arch liner and engine mount, then dropping the engine a bit, removing the pulley, and replacing the seal. I have two questions though.
1. Do I need to remove the timing case for this, and if so then I assume I'll need a new gasket?
2. Can I reuse the pulley bolt or do I need to replace it (And what should the bolt be torqued to?)

The second leak seems to dripping down out of the bell housing. It looks like engine oil, but I wanted to check the gearbox oil level. After some googling it looks like the six speed gearbox doesn't have a level bung, is that correct? People seem to be saying that the gearbox oil is a distinctive red colour, but is that likely to still be true after 110k miles? Finally (sorry I've so many questions :oops: ), is there anything to be aware of when replacing the flywheel side crank seal or is it fairly straightforward?


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