The shaft seal on my TC14C is leaking. This compressor uses a spring loaded carbon seal up against what appears to be a stainless steel lip seal. From what I've gathered, this setup is similar but not identical to the seal used on the 10P series.
My questions are as follows:
How on earth does this actually seal? Does it depend on some sort of fancy machining/polishing of the carbon and stainless?
What is the typical failure mode with seals of this type? Is it the O-ring on the lip seal? Does the carbon seal crack? Do the interface surfaces on the carbon and lip seal just get "boogered up" and just not seal anymore?
I don't think I'm going to be able to find these parts from Denso. Are these super duper high precision components that the aftermarket can't be trusted to produce?
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