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The RAVE manual specifically says that the crank seal does NOT need any additional grease - adding grease could just lead to future leaks. So the PO likely installed the seal correctly.

Also, due to the nature of aluminum, I'd avoid any caustic gasket removers as they could etch the metal and cause your seal to fit poorly. Furthermore, the material that the seal is made of is highly resistant to chemicals and oils so I don't think any milder remover would be able to make it budge. You need to get it out mechanically.

Did you use the correct tool? It should look like this:

Amazon.com: Lisle 56750 Seal Puller: Automotive

I'm assuming that you've also removed the oil pump gears which would give you access to the back of the seal, allowing you to hammer it out that way. If you end up causing a nick on the mounting surface the seal WILL leak, so be careful.
 
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