cam seal

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Thu Jan 27 13:46:14 EST 2005

> From: "Brandon Rogers" <brogers at>
> Bernie-
> Thanks for the reply- I did actually think about that option.  My thinking
> is that this seal is not old - it's only got about 6000mi +/- on it, or 1.5
> yrs, and I think it's had a very slow leak from day one.  So I'm thinking it
> doesn't need to be restored , but replaced because maybe it was damaged when
> it was put on or maybe it is defective...
That's one of the potential problems of replacing seals without polishing
the shaft at the same time.  It's just coincidence if the new sealing lip
ends up in the exact axial location on the shaft as was the old one, either
side possibably being incompatable with the new lip.  So there's a slight
chance that a new seal will not improve the situtation.  DFI if IAB!


> with that in mind - new thoughts?
> thanks again-
> Brandon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bernie Benz" <b.benz at>
> To: "Brandon Rogers" <brogers at>
> Cc: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at>
> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 10:59 AM
> Subject: Re: cam seal
>> Brandon,
>> I've not previously responded to your thread, but why replace any rotary
>> shaft seal without first trying the seal restorer treatment?  I have never
>> replaced a rotary shaft seal in engine, tranny, or rearend in any of 4
> Audis
>> totaling ove 700K.  The stuff works for me!
>> Bernie
>>> From: "Brandon Rogers" <brogers at>
>>> Organization: Terrix Financial Corporation
>>> Reply-To: Brandon Rogers <brogers at>
>>> Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 10:36:49 -0700
>>> To: "200 20V List" <200q20V at>
>>> Subject: Re: cam seal
>>> Thanks for the replies so far- much appreciated.  What I hadn't
> mentioned was
>>> that I've already got the all the covers, cam pullet, etc off.
>>> I guess my dilemma is what is the bigger PITA?? - trying to get the cam
> seal
>>> out with the valve cover in place ( I don't have a puller - was going to
>>> [carefully -duh] drill a couple very small holes, screw in a couple
> machine
>>> screws and pull out) or go ahead and pull the valve cover off as well as
> that
>>> front cam cap - I'm assuming then the seal would pull right off no
> problems.
>>> If I pull the VC - can I re-use the rubber gasket it's probably only got
> 1500
>>> miles on it....
>>> as an aside, yes everything else is pretty new - WP, TB etc all have
> probably
>>> less than 6000 mi...actually so is this cam seal but apparently it
> doesn't
>>> realize it's supposed to be a _seal_...
>>> TIA-
>>> Brandon
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Brandon Rogers
>>> To: 200 20V List
>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 9:54 AM
>>> Subject: cam seal
>>> Guys-
>>> I'm in the midst of an exhaust manifold swap and decided that while I
> was in
>>> there I'd see what was causing a small oil leak that leaves one or two
> drops
>>> of oil on the ground at shutdown and over the last year or so has really
>>> gunked up the lower part of the motor.  Anyway it looks like the cam
> seal is
>>> one of the culprits (in addition to a plug in the oil galley).
>>> My question:  To replace the cam seal can I leave the valve cover in
> place?
>>> Also - I'd like to go ahead and clean up as much of the oil and dirt as
>>> possible while the EM is off and there is better access - any
> suggestions for
>>> a good method?  Or should I wait til it's all back together, then run
> over to
>>> a local wand car wash, spray some degreaser/engine cleaner in there and
> then
>>> use the sprayer?
>>> thx-
>>> Brandon
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