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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by spyder, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. spyder

    spyder Well-Known Member

    Someone please help me, one of my cam seals decided to work its way out of its spot and i lost oil like crazy, thats not even the real issue, the problem i am having is i went to autozone and orileys and bought the seals i needed for the repair, had to buy one from each store since thats all they had in stock. The problem is the seals they gave me are for the 3s-fe and not the 3s-ge engine, their computers and every one elses all show the exact same part numbers for the two engines, however the seals are two different sizes, the fe seals are too large in diameter and dont even seal against the camshaft properly, and they are wider than the original ones as well. Clearly not the right part so where can i order these dang seals and actually get the correct ones and get them by tomorrow????? Gawd i hope someone out there can help me this is driving me bonkers. Or if someone has a spare set laying around id gladly buy them from ya plus shipping.
  2. spyder

    spyder Well-Known Member

    I may have kind of figured out why i am having this issue with these seals,, there is a sticker on my timing cover stating in 1990 something the timing belt was replaced and in the valley where my spark plugs are there is a set of numbers on the head like a part number a mechanic would write on it, so the real question is what head do i have that would have slightly smaller seals in it than the 89 3sge would normally have? its definately a 3sge head as the oil pressure sender is on the side with the distributor and not on the front like a fe has. Is it possible the head is from a gte instead of a ge? are they different? if anyone knows anything at all plz let me know, if i can figure this out then ill have the problem solved and will be hauling ass again
  3. spyder

    spyder Well-Known Member

    ok. original seal part number is bh1882e, did a bit of research and found an awesome site which cross refrenced the part number as well as giving me the specs, inner diameter etc.
    stock seal...


    Inside Diameter: 35 mm,1.378 inOutside Diameter: 49.33 mm,1.9421 inWidth: 6 mm,0.236 in

    now the seal they gave me, part number TCS45641, specs....

    Inside Diameter: 38 mm,1.496 in
    Outside Diameter: 50.29 mm,1.98 in
    Width: 7.01 mm,0.276 in

    so thanks to the site i found a suitable replacment seal, part number 1987s. And tomorrow i shall be driving my little cellie again!!!!:reddevil

    oh here is a link to the site i used, omg oh so very helpfull!!!!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
  4. spyder

    spyder Well-Known Member

    all done, hers a few pics
    this one i took as soon as i found the problem, as you can see the old seal fell out of where it is supposed to be causing a huge oil leak.
  5. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    sorry I missed this. I haven't been on in a bit.
  6. spyder

    spyder Well-Known Member

    Its ok, i figured out what the correct part number was, good thing too since nobody was helping. i posted the correct part number so if it happens to someone else hopefully it will help them.
  7. CelicaSteve

    CelicaSteve Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    Well done !! :cool:
  8. spyder

    spyder Well-Known Member

    Thanks!!!.... i did some more research and found that 90 percent of the parts the stores have for my car are in fact for the fe engine and not for the ge engine. Even when told specifically which engine it is. Hell they even sold me the wrong distributor cap, i took one look at it and damn near yelled at them. THe fe dizzy is not even close to the ge dizzy. I did order a complete engine gasket kit for my ge since i cannot count on any parts store to give me the right parts and i still have the oil pump seal and the front main seal. That will be the last of the leaks i hope. of course while im at it im going to change the water pump and timing belt as well. A question though, what is the legnth of the timing belt for the ge and what is it for the fe? that way i can make sure i get the correct one when i buy them. Another thing, anyone who gets a celica should just go ahead and invest in a gasket kit for their engine, i really wish someone would have told me to do that, ive replaced most of the gaskets on my engine before i finally dicided to get one. oh well ill have extras laying around lol.
  9. racerb

    racerb Well-Known Member

    Check with these folks for better quality gaskets and seals than stock.....http://realstreetperformance.com/Shop-by-Engine/3SGTE/

    Also for lower cost standard gaskets and seals, check with.....www.rockauto.com

    As a last resort, and if you don't mind paying Dealer cost, check your local Toyota Dealer.
    My choice for Toyota Direct Dealer Parts, I get all mine from www.trdsparks.com
    On the West Coast, check with the folks at Cabe Toyota, they are pretty big on Old School Yotas...http://www.cabetoyota.com/parts/index.htm

    racerb :driving
    Last edited: May 2, 2014
  10. racerb

    racerb Well-Known Member

    Rock Auto lists the correct timing belt length for our GE engines, and actually sales a High Performance (race) timing belt for our cars......http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=3819279&cc=1273968

    Last edited: May 2, 2014
  11. fernandocelica

    fernandocelica Well-Known Member Donated!

    Hi Racerb that's what I am looking for the gates racing cam belt in blue what is the price and can you get me one then send to south africa all the one's around here only have 163 teeth the 178 is the one i want thanks
  12. fernandocelica

    fernandocelica Well-Known Member Donated!

    I mean't to say is their a cheaper one than that one in blue?
  13. racerb

    racerb Well-Known Member

    Oh yes there are cheaper ones. Go to the www.rockauto.com site and check for your model year and engine, they ship internationally, so it's no big deal, will cut out the middle man so to speak!!

    racerb :cool:
  14. fernandocelica

    fernandocelica Well-Known Member Donated!

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