[T3] Front Oil Seal and High Rev

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Mon Nov 3 19:58:59 PST 2014

If the engine was cold or the oil was high viscosity yea, that can blow out
the seals but if the engine was up to temperature then it shouldnt have hurt
any of the seals.


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Sent: Monday, November 03, 2014 9:05 PM
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Subject: [T3] Front Oil Seal and High Rev

I won't go back to the "car won't start" saga...but as it all started when a
muffler shop guy, who didn't know how to drive an old VW, went to drive my
car into the shop (to weld on a shop-made tail-pipe) and revved the engine
for about 5 seconds at higher rev than I ever heard. (Shop manager then
asked me to do the drive-in myself.)

After that, on the way home, there was hesitation while accelerating, and
then a week later total stall out.   All that seems fixed now.   After many
adjustments and fixes and replaced stuff, the car seems just fine. No hints
of trouble.

...EXCEPT...I notice oil leakage below, in just the places that indicate a
problem with the front (to front of car) engine oil seal.

Question now is:     Would a violent 5 second rev (of a warm engine with
proper oil level) tend to blow, or loosen a front oil seal?  (Count off five
seconds to see how l o n g that rev was.  It was nuts.)   I thought he was
doing some expert muffler shop thing to clear soot from the muffler or
something. (My first time ever at a muffler shop.)

Would that indicate that the seal was at the end of it's career anyway?

PS:  I tightened the oil cooler nuts, and other nuts all over, in case of
leakage. Will see how it goes.

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