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What is this part? PT Cruiser

BJ8HealeysBJ8Healeys Posts: 1
edited May 19 in Chrysler
I'm changing the front drive axles on my 2002 PT Cruiser with automatic transmission. The transaxle output shaft seals were not leaking, but with 150,000 miles on the car I thought it a good idea to replace the seals. I have the driver's side drive axle out, but due to the restricted space I was having trouble removing the seal. The Haynes manual says simply to lever the seal out, but it wasn't obvious what to pry on, and I screwed up and what I thought was the back lip of the seal (metal) was not a part of the seal but a thin metal part that turns. I bent it trying to remove the seal, and now that the seal is out I can see I shouldn't have pried on that thing. What is it? What does it do? Can I straight it or will doing that cause some problems? Whatever it is, it appears to be accessible by removing the heavy iron ring around the transaxle case, which has 6 bolts.

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