Mini Coopers are fun cars to drive because they are unique and alluring. Owners also love them since they are dependable and economical. One issue that we see with MINIs is crank seal oil leaks. If your vehicle is experiencing an oil leak, have the issue diagnosed right away. Leaving an oil leak unattended can lead to more damage and component failures.
A crank seal is a very important part of the engine. Its function is to seal the crankshaft. Over time, it can break down and fail. The seal is needed to keep debris out and oil in. A failed seal can lead to severe engine damage.
Why Crank Seals Fail
There are several reasons that you may experience a crank seal oil leak in your Mini Cooper.
Your Mini Cooper is more susceptible to crank seal failure if it has high mileage. Once your vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, the seal should be replaced. To help avoid failure, have your Mini serviced regularly.
The weather can be hard on many parts of your Mini. Temperature fluctuations, dry conditions and high humidity can affect the flexibility of the seal. This will cause the seal to crack and weaken.
Proper installation of the crank seal is critical. Not knowing the correct way to install the seal will result in “seal” damage and an oil leak. At European Motor Cars, we have the tools to get the job done right.
Warning Signs of a Failed Crank Seal in Your Mini
The most common symptom of a failed crank seal is an oil leak. When the seal fails, it can no longer hold the oil in. The leak often starts out small and is not noticeable to the driver. After a while, the oil will collect on the engine and begin to drip off.
An oil leak is never good. It is always a sign of a failure. Never put off having an oil leak fixed. Doing so can lead to even more issues. Without the proper oil level, components will not be properly lubricated. This leads to friction, premature wear, and overheating.
How to Prevent Crank Seal Failure
Keeping current on preventative maintenance is critical. During the inspection, your mechanic can locate issues before they become problems. This allows you the opportunity to fix problems and extend the life of your car.
There are a few common problems that cause oil leaks. To properly diagnose your issue, it is important to hire a mechanic that knows how to work on Minis. Incorrect diagnosis and improperly installed seals can lead to even more problems and higher service bills.
We are Here for You
Crank seals can easily be damaged if not installed correctly. At European Motor Cars, we have over 30 years of experience servicing European luxury vehicles. Our factory-trained Master Status certified technicians can fix your vehicle right the first time.
It is a common misconception that you must take your Mini to a dealership for service. This is not true. We can do the same work at a fraction of the cost. And our service center is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and repair systems available.
We have designed our service department for convenience and efficiency. We understand that your time is valuable. That is why we provide loaner cars. We can even pick your Mini up at home if you need us to. We will service the vehicle, wash it, and return it to you.
Our Mini Cooper services include but are not limited to:
- A/C system repairs
- engine rebuilds
- brake repairs
- factory required maintenance
- tire rotations / wheel alignments
- check engine light
- oil and fluid changes
We back all of our services with a 40-month/40,000 mile warranty.
Schedule Your Service Today
If you are experiencing a crank seal oil leak or need your Mini serviced, contact us to schedule your appointment today. Just call us or schedule your appointment online. You can also stop by our conveniently-located service center at 3440 Spring Mountain Road.
We proudly service customers from all surrounding areas, including Summerlin, Spring Valley and Las Vegas, NV.