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2.5 leaking oil

This is a 2000 2.5 with 278,000 on the clock. It has sat for 2 1/2 years with a broken timing belt. I just went ahead and bought another truck (now my forth Ranger), so this one sat in the driveway. I'm trying to get it running for my daughter who just recently got her license.

I replaced the timing belt and it runs like a top, two days later it's leaking oil. Coming off the crossmember at the front of the truck. I'm guessing it's the front seal ? Looking online for parts and it recomends you buy the oil pan gasket too, can you get the front seal out without removing the pan ? Am I headed in the right direction for the leak on a truck thats sat for so long ?
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You don't have to touch the oil pan.

1. Remove timing belt cover
2. Remove crankshaft pulley.
3. Remove timing belt.
4. Remove crankshaft sprocket from the crankshaft and remove the crankshaft key.
5. Special Tool*** Install front cover seal remover on the front cover seal.

***NOTE***
When positioning the Front COver Seal Remover make sure the jaws are gripping the thin edge of the seal tightly before operating the jack screw portion of the tool.

6. Remove seal.

I think you are suppose to apply black RTV to the key way part of the crankshaft pulley before reinstall. May want to get a second opinion on this. (Reason I say this was because this is what you have to do to a 4.6 mustang.) But all data doesn't say anything.
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That special tool is pricey !

http://www.toolsource.com/crankshaft...-p-103785.html

Hopefully I can get it out withot that. I'm confused on why the keyway on the pulley would need rtv ? I didn't do that when I replaced the belt.
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Probably just for the mustang engine.



You should be able to rent that tool from your local auto parts store. You pay a deposit and they give it back to you when you are done. I've seen other posts saying you can carefully pry it out with a flat head screwdriver by carefully working your way around.
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Probably just for the mustang engine.



You should be able to rent that tool from your local auto parts store. You pay a deposit and they give it back to you when you are done. I've seen other posts saying you can carefully pry it out with a flat head screwdriver by carefully working your way around.
You can do it that way. but i wouldn't recommend it if you've never done it before. i've done one on a mustang and one on a 2.3. the tool will save you an hour and 30 swear words.
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You can do it that way. but i wouldn't recommend it if you've never done it before. i've done one on a mustang and one on a 2.3. the tool will save you an hour and 30 swear words.
LMFAO rent the tool i got yelled at before at work for not knowing we even had one. i was yelling up a storm and cursing alot
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