Front crank seal pressedina bit too far?


Top Post Dawg
Mar 12, 2002
Diesel knows best
A4 Jetta
I replaced my front crank seal today with my 2nd timing belt change, and I was maybe a little over ambitious when I drove the seal in, I used a piece of 1 1/2" ABS pipe and a hammer, the seal went in nice and square, but it is recessed about 1/8" from the front of the housing. It is one of the older style "silicone with a spring" style seals. I think the official VW tool leaves the face of the seal flush with the housing, yea?

Is the seal going to wear prematurely? Will it make it to my next TB change? Or just keep an eye on it and deal with it if/when it starts leaking?


Gone but Never Forgotten: Requiescat In Pace
Sep 22, 2000
Twin Cities in MN
2001 NB
I had the same problem in the past. it is really a 60/40 chance that it won't leak.

Just deal with it. Keep an eye on it. It may leak due to a nick in the seal lip. Remember those old days with the camshaft seals that the lip bends in. Same can happen but in general, it is fine. It may start leaking when you are close to your next timing belt change. Just plan on replacing it on your next timing belt regardless.

Actually the seal is a tad inward not flushed.