I am replacing the front engine seal on my P4. It has done 46,000 dusty miles since last replaced. I am after a brand name to ask for at our local branch of Statewide Bearings.
The whole procedure is a little more complex: the original seal has a very ordinary OD of 2 1/2", and a depth of 3/8". But the ID (harmonic balancer shaft OD) of the seal is a weird 1.915" or 48.64mm. Imagine my surprise when SWB said on the phone that they actually had one of these, plus the correct size Speedisleeve.
But when I got there, it turned out to be an unconvincing no-name brand from Mexico, and only single lip (no dust excluder).
What I am planning to do is to have the harmonic balancer shaft OD turned down to 1 7/8" (oh for my own lathe) to take a more readily available seal.
So what brand of seal (in Australia) do you trust? And what material to ask for?
Looks like I am going to have to answer my own question here.
There was no suitable imperial seal on the SKF site. Single lip yes, double no. And all in nitrile, not even hydrogenated nitrile and certainly not viton.
Using a metric seal would be a possibility, but then I would have to machine the front cover too.
Having decided that I really did need to use the Rover part (213744), I added this to the order I have sent to Wearings ($ounds 3.00). But I really need to move the car. It is blocking my bush fire defence fire pump. I cannot use the shed as the 3-litre is stuck there for the next few months!
So I rang around the local LR suppliers and found that Rover continued to use the same front crank seal for many decades. They changed the part number to ERR6490. The choice was:
Rovacraft $35.00 or West Coast Rover $22.00
brand name "Corteco".
So lets hear no more complaints about JRW and Wearing prices! Sometimes I think we do not realise how lucky we are!