Having any leak in your car can not just get annoying, but start to make your car seem unreliable. Constantly having to pop the hood to check your fluid levels can making driving seem like a chore and your vehicle like a ticking time bomb. This can feel especially true if your car or truck has a rear main seal leak.
Any leak your vehicle may have can be a problem. First of all, a leak can start to make a mess of your engine bay, the underside of your car, and any other components that may be near the leak. Oil leaks can be especially messy and problematic as the dripping oil will dry to a thick sludge and attract all sorts of road dirt, grime and gunk. On the underside of your engine and your car’s frame this will make a mess that can be hard to clean. On your suspension components this can gum up parts that are supposed to move and even accelerate wear on bushings and ball joints. Your oil leak can also cover electrical connections, and engine accessories like your alternator or air conditioning compressor causing other problems and increasing the difficulty of maintenance items.
The other danger of an oil leak, including a rear main seal leak, is the danger of lowering your oil level to a place where it will no longer properly lubricate your engine which can cause damage quickly. On most engines, there is a high and low mark on the dipstick indicating an oil level range where it is safe to operate your vehicle. This range is usually about one quart of oil. Depending on how fast your leak is and how much you drive, your engine can lose a quart of oil in a very short time. If your run your engine for long with a low oil level you can quickly damage your main bearings or piston rings due to a lack of lubrication without any warning lights coming on, or the oil pressure gauge indicating a problem. If your engine oil level gets so low that it is below your oil pump it can starve your entire engine of oil which can quickly damage your valves and camshafts.
Rear main seal leaks often have the potential of lowering your oil level faster than any other leak. Your rear main seal is at the back of your engine and is right behind the last main bearing. In this area of the engine, there is high oil pressure that is flowing through your bearings but also oil splashing due to the motion of your crankshaft. All this means lots of oil has the opportunity to leak out of your engine at this point and the amount of oil leaking will increase with engine RPM.
To make sure your engine stays safe from gunk and grime, but also from a damaging lack of lubrication, make sure to seal any oil leaks you have in your engine quickly. Often times a rear main seal leak can be easy to let go because the cost of fixing the problem can seem much worse than the risk of running low on oil. The reality is there may be another alternative! BlueDevil Rear Main Sealer can repair your rear main seal stopping your leak and saving you from an expensive repair bill now, and engine damage later.
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