Rear Main Bearing Seal Replacement 6.2L GM Diesel

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Note: To do this maintenance on a 6.5L NA or Turbo the transmission must be removed since the seal is one-piece. If you replace the one piece seal be sure to review the steps in the manual. On the 6.5 rear main seal be careful not to set it too deep. I have never had a problem, others have said that if you set it too deep you will cover the oil drain hole which can cause a new seal to leak. The new seal should be set flush with the block and bearing cap, and no deeper. The manual says to use Permatex #2 sealer (says "form a gasket" on the label, IIRC). Permatex #2 sealer is great stuff, and any workshop should have at least one tube of it handy. (Clean it off with alcohol if it is on your hands).

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For safety, disconnect the hot lead to the battery. Drain the engine oil out of the engine. Re-install the drain plug to stop any residual oil from dripping out. Remove the starter, or if possible move it aside so that you can get at the oil pan bolts. Remove the flywheel cover (this may require the removal of the exhaust Y-pipe). Place a towel under the engine to catch oil drips. Remove all (24) bolts of the oil pan, and then give the oil pan a good hit with your hand to break it free. Drop and remove the oil pan.

Crankcase with oil pan removed (oil pump / rear-main not installed)

Front of engine with cover off (sorry for blurry picture)

While the oil pan is off, inspect your timing chain (for slop some is good, but not too much), flywheel (for ground teeth), cylinder walls (for scraps / scares / blow by marks), connecting rods (for excess play) and main bearings (for excess play). Replace worn items as necessary. If rod / main bearings and cylinder walls are showing excess wear, consider replacing / rebuilding the engine.

Remove the oil pump and rear main bearing. Just for precautionary measures, replace the oil pump with a new one. Inspect the rear main bearing face and crankshaft mating surface for any excess wear / mars. Pull the seal out of the bearing cap use a small screwdriver or awl to remove the seal that is still in the block. Clean all mating surfaces of the oil pan and engine block for the reinstallation.

Rear Main Bearing Cap (seal removed)


Clean all mating surfaces of the oil pan / engine block of old gasket residue and oil. Slide the new main bearing cap seal into place, leaving part of the seal hanging down. The reason for the seal to hang down, is that then the halves will not match up with the halves of the main bearing cap. Reinstall the rear main bearing cap finger starting the bolts.

Once the cap is installed (make sure that the bearing is still in there in the same orientation it came out as) torque all of the bolts to 40ft-lbs. After all bolts are initially torqued to 40 ft-lbs, torque the short bolts to 100 ft-lbs and the long bolts (inner) to 110 ft-lbs. Install the new oil pump (can install old but I recommend spending the small amount of money to get a new pump). Torque the stud to 59ft-lbs, be sure to align it properly into the correct grooves in the bearing cap. The nut holding on the support arm is to be torqued to 35 ft-lbs.

Rear Main Bearing Cap

Oil pump

After getting the oil pump back in place and torqued down, the oil pan needs to be re-installed. Generously apply Permatex gasket sealant onto the oil pan mating surface (after of course each surface is cleaned, engine block and oil pan) *note: apply excess amounts where the rear main cap, oil pan and block all meet. The next step is to re-install oil pan to engine by finger-starting the bolts to hold the pan into location. Finger-start the remaining bolts to ensure location and alignment. By using your extension and socket, hand-tighten the bolts that hold the oil pan on. Do not torque them down yet as you want the gasket material to harden somewhat before you achieve final torque. After letting the gasket sealant harden some (about 1 hr later) torque the remaining bolts down until they are hand tight with your wrench. Make sure that you have the two studded fasteners in the proper location so that you can re-install the wire harness bracket.

After the oil pan is fully installed, reinstall the starter. Torque the starter bolts to 40 ft-lbs with thread locker blue. Re-install flywheel cover and fill the engine with the proper engine (most common 15W-40). Start engine; listen for any odd noises, if any noises occur trouble shoot.

Pictures from Brad Dunston