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Old 03-12-2013, 03:00 AM   #132
Bill Harris
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Darn, now that is puzzling. That spalling wasn't caused by the washer slipping off of the pins, or anything I can think of offhand. And odd that the crank turns OK with the flywheel (and this thrust washer??) installed but w/o the seal. And odd also because typically a used thrust washer will have a coppery-appearance since the top layer of the bearing material will wear off. Did you have that thrust washer out for any reason? What does the other side look like-- could you have had it out and flipped it, and had a flake of grit get under the washer? No corresponding marks that I can see on the flywheel surface. Was there any "swarf" in the seal cavity?

The only other explanation is prankish spririts (poltergeists, if ya will)...

--Bill
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