Stuck rear camshaft seal.

#1
1999 Montero SR
So the driver side is stuck.
it won't rotate.
I have broken off the bottom ears.

Im doing maintains so I already removed the intake.
what can I do or tricks to remove this.

I have not done the passenger side yet. in fear that i may break that one too
 
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nwoods

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#2
So the driver side is stuck.
it won't rotate.
I have broken off the bottom ears.

Im doing maintains so I already removed the intake.
what can I do or tricks to remove this.

I have not done the passenger side yet. in fear that i may break that one too
Im not sure I understand your description, or perhaps my 3.5L SOHC is just different from yours, but I just did this job recently.

Passenger side is a cap plate with a cylinder shaped end plug that has a round O-ring on it. Very easy to remove. Here is a photo of the back of the passenger side. Ignore the dirt!


Here is what it looks like removed from the head:


I use a small set of picks with hooks from HarborFreight to remove these seals:


On theDrivers side is a sensor unit that has no direct seal or O-ring to it. Per the manual, you need to add a bead of RTV gasket sealer to it. This is what the back of the engine on the drivers side looks like on mine:



Here is what the manual shows for this sensor location
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#3
I forgot to add the year and model. Its 99 Montero SR.

Yes it similar but mines is stuck on the driver side. And it won't move. after I broke off the ear at the bottom. trying to pull it out. It won't rotate or move a bit out off the head.
 

nwoods

Expedition Leader
#4
I forgot to add the year and model. Its 99 Montero SR.

Yes it similar but mines is stuck on the driver side. And it won't move. after I broke off the ear at the bottom. trying to pull it out. It won't rotate or move a bit out off the head.
Sounds like the gasket sealant is working to hold it in place. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it
 
#5
By using WD-40 and tapping it for about an hour. I got it off. Once you break the seal of the old crusty oil. And you get it to move/rotate. Start rotating it a couple times. Continue to rotate it but now start pulling on it. This will continue to work the WD-40 into it and help break the oil seal. 20181112_135913.jpg 20181112_135904.jpg
 
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