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MINI Crankshaft Seal

Symptoms of a Failing Crankshaft Seal in Your MINI

Post on February 2, 2021 by

The crankshaft seal is a simple component in your MINI that has a big job. It is located near the front of your car engine and seals the end of your crankshaft with the timing cover. These seals are often made out of metal, plastic, and rubber, being round in shape. They are meant to keep the oil from leaking out of the engine as you drive around.

When the crankshaft fails, it may cause a leak. Not only will this leak make a mess in the engine, it could also increase the risk of causing damage to your engine.

There are usually a few symptoms that occur when the crankshaft starts to fail. Car owners must recognize these symptoms and visit one of our qualified mechanics to get the seal fixed quickly.

High Mileage

As your car reaches over 100,000 miles, the seal may get close to the end of its service life. Since this part is often made out of plastic, it will not last as long as some of the other components on your car. When your MINI gets too high in mileage, it is a good idea to visit a reputable car repair shop to check on the crankshaft seal and determine if you need to replace this part or not.

Oil Leaks

Oil leaks are often the most common symptom a car owner will notice when the seal starts to fail. When the crankshaft seal dries out, breaks, or cracks, there is room for oil to leak out. Even a small leak is enough for oil to accumulate on the engine. The larger leaks can make the oil drop to the front of the engine.

The car owner should check the engine occasionally to see if oil is leaking over it. Another sign is a smoky scent. This is a big sign that oil has leaked onto the engine and is now overheating while sitting there. Look for both of these signs to determine if the seal is working properly or not.

Why should you replace the crankshaft seal?

The crankshaft seal may seem like such a small component of your MINI that it may not be a big deal. Even if you notice a little oil leaking out of the crankshaft and into the engine, it may not seem like such an important issue, and many car owners will just ignore this problem and do nothing about it.

The oil needs to stay in the crankshaft until it is time to reach the engine. If the oil makes it into the right part of the engine at the right time, this will help the MINI to function well. If the oil leaks all over the top or under the engine, this is a different situation altogether. This may result in the engine not only getting messy, but also failing to work over time.

The crankshaft seal is responsible for making sure the oil stays in the right location and does not leak out. As soon as the car owner notices there is a problem with the oil and feels it is leaking, then it is time to take the MINI into a licensed mechanic to fix that seal.

Ultimate European Repair will Fix Your Crankshaft Seal

When the crankshaft seal begins MINI Crankshaft Seal Inspection to crack or break, a car owner should take their MINI into a qualified mechanic to get the seal fixed as soon as possible. If a car owner starts to see oil leaking out on the engine, they should assume that the seal is broken and schedule an auto repair with one of our qualified mechanics as soon as possible. We can quickly replace the crankshaft seal to help keep the oil in its place and protect your engine.

A MINI Cooper is a great vehicle to have for your personal car. At Ultimate European Repair, we are happy to check out your MINI’s failing crankshaft seal and get it repaired by one of our qualified mechanics right away.

We are proud to serve the residents of Goodyear, Buckeye, Avondale, Phoenix, and Peoria, AZ. Contact us today so we can help you schedule your appointment. We look forward to earning your repeat business soon.

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