Mini Coopers are excellent vehicles known for their great handling, smooth ride, and high performance in a small package. Any MINI owner will agree that their engineering is top-notch.
Even though Mini Coopers are constructed to be very durable vehicles, they still have issues and can develop a crank seal leak. This is bad because a crank seal leak will worsen and eventually become an oil leak.
If you ignore the symptoms of a crank seal leak, the oil leak that develops can cause significant damage to your vehicle and could end up being an expensive repair. Our team of experienced technicians is trained in MINI crank seal repairs and will get you back on the road fast.
Why a Crankshaft Seal is Important
Crankshaft seals are made of metal and rubber and are found at the end of the crankshaft. The crankshaft is found in the engine compartment and is essential to keeping your MINI running smoothly. A crankshaft makes linear motion into rotational motion to get your MINI moving.
A crankshaft seal prevents oil from escaping the engine. The seal also prevents things such as dirt and debris from getting inside your engine. Oil is an engine’s lifeblood. If you have debris in your oil or you have a leakage, you may experience engine failure.
A damaged seal will cause your MINI to leak oil, and it is essential that if you notice a leak, you get it checked out by our team of professionals as soon as possible because fixing a small leak could prevent you from paying for an expensive engine.
Common Issues that Cause a Leaky Crank Seal
There are a few things that will cause your crank seal to leak oil. The best thing to do is get your MINI checked out by our professionals, but here are some of the causes of a leaky crank seal.
- Defective Seal: The crankshaft seal is constructed with rubber, and over time, this rubber gets worn out or may even crack. If this happens, you will have a massive leak, and it will need to be taken care of immediately. Another common defect is drying.
- High Mileage: Normally, things start to go wrong after putting some mileage on your MINI. Things get worn out and need replacing. This includes crankshaft seals. The expected life span of a crank seal is 100,000 miles, but you shouldn’t wait until then.
- Improper Installation: You may believe that you can fix anything, but replacing a crankshaft seal should not be one of them. Commonly, people who try to replace their own crank seal install it improperly. A bad seal means you will start to leak oil. Our experienced mechanics have the experience, tools, and training to replace your MINI’s crank seal. Save your money and save your car by seeking out our professional help.
Oil leaks are serious issues for a car and need to be taken care of as soon as you can. If your car is starting to get up there in mileage, you should get your car serviced to include replacing the crank seal.
Taking a proactive approach to car care will ensure that your MINI will have an increased lifespan. When you want your MINI taken care of the correct way, come to Auto Assets where we know our way around European imports.
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Our team of experienced professionals is ASE certified and is equipped with the latest tools and training to get you back on the road fast. We back our services with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. We can handle a crank seal replacement on your MINI or major repairs on any European import.
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* Mini Cooper S image credit goes to: Neydtstock.