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Old 05-23-2018, 10:11 PM   #1
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Got a 1986.5 hardbody 4x4 in need of rear main seal. What at am I looking at as far as labor charges?
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:18 PM   #2
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motor or transmission has to come out.

similar pricing to a clutch job. effectively the same work with like 20mins difference.
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Might as well do the cluch while in there.
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Old 05-24-2018, 01:29 AM   #4
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motor or transmission has to come out.

similar pricing to a clutch job. effectively the same work with like 20mins difference.

Pulling the engine is the way to go. After doing this job myself, pulling the engine out to do a rear main and clutch job on my 92 4wd should have been the way to go. Any serious shop is going to charge you a full days work for this repair probably in the neighborhood of 800 bucks. If you don’t remove the engine you have to remove the torsion bars and torsion bar cross member, front shaft, speedo cable, and if you have a v6 you’ll spend some intimate time fighting rusty bolts on the exhaust cross pipe
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Pulling the engine is the way to go. After doing this job myself, pulling the engine out to do a rear main and clutch job on my 92 4wd should have been the way to go.

I agree with this in a big way. If I ever have to change out the clutch again in my 95, I'm pulling the engine.

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Another vote for pulling the engine. At that point you might as well put it on a stand and replace every single hose and seal short of the head gaskets while it's nice and easy to get to, especially if you have the v6. I don't know if the 4 bangers have the same issues with clearing the front differential that the v6 ones do.
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Pulling the engine is the way to go. After doing this job myself, pulling the engine out to do a rear main and clutch job on my 92 4wd should have been the way to go. Any serious shop is going to charge you a full days work for this repair probably in the neighborhood of 800 bucks. If you donít remove the engine you have to remove the torsion bars and torsion bar cross member, front shaft, speedo cable, and if you have a v6 youíll spend some intimate time fighting rusty bolts on the exhaust cross pipe

If it's a V6 you will still have 90% of that to get the motor out. Gotta pull that's to get the front diff out to get the motor out on the 4x4. Also gotta sicknnect the center link to get the diff out. I found it was easiest to pull the front crossmember. If I ever have to do a rear main or a clutch someone else gets to suffer for it. Mine was easier because I was doing a motor swap already.
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It's 4 banger
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