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7 Questions to Check for Valve Stem Seal Leaks

Stem seals control oil consumption and lubrication in the engine by allowing a specific amount of oil to enter the engine as the stem moves. Controlling the amount of oil is critical to maintaining adequate lubrication. Otherwise, too little oil can cause various parts to wear as they rub against each other. However, too much oil can lead to carbon buildup, which can cause many problems, such as:

Damaged valve seats
Degraded catalytic converters
Increased emissions
Lower efficiency
Higher fuel consumption

 

Essentially, valve stem seals prevent oil from entering the combustion chamber from the cylinder head. Damaged seals can cause engine oil to overflow, which can lead to engine failure.

Six ways to assess whether you have the wrong seals on your hands include:

1. cold engine test
2. blue smoke from exhaust gas
3. dense smoke
4. high oil consumption
5. idling
6. low acceleration power
7. misfire

Any problem with a car valve is a serious issue, especially when it includes the engine. So what are the symptoms of a bad valve seal? In order to get the most performance out of your vehicle, it is critical to have valves that seal properly. Any problem with the seals or valves means you will have to rebuild your car's motor to get it back in working order.

1. Perform a cold engine test

One of the best ways to determine if there is a valve seal problem is to perform a cold engine test. After your machine has not run for a while (even overnight), the seals are now cold. Once the engine is started, the seals will shrink. The damaged seal will leave a small gap. The remaining oil will settle on the top of the valve cover head.

2. Blue smoke from the exhaust

You may also see blue smoke coming from the exhaust pipe when you start the engine. If this happens, it means that residual oil is making its way down into the combustion chamber through the damaged seal. Blue smoke is burning oil and indicates that the engine needs new seals, even though it will go away after the engine has been running for a few minutes.

3. Increase smoke levels

Depending on the machine and equipment you use, smoke is usually a common form of exhaust gas. However, when you start to see it last longer than usual or appear a different color, you know there may be a problem with the seals. Excessive smoke may also appear in more consistent waves as the engine runs for longer periods of time. Be aware of specific machine movements that cause more smoke than usual.

4. More fuel consumption

If you notice that you are consuming more oil than usual, this could be another sign of a poor seal. When oil leaks or burns at a higher rate, the seals no longer control the flow of oil. Burning oil increases emissions and may contaminate the catalyst. Unburned fuel in the exhaust spikes the converter's operating temperature, which can cause the converter to overheat and cause exhaust blockage.

Be sure to check the engine oil level with a dipstick and refer to your oil level log to see if the oil level is different. You can do this as part of your regular maintenance schedule. While oil leaks are usually a clear warning of valve seal failure, they may not always be visible, so don't use them as a warranty warning as the oil may be burned off.

5. Engine Idling

If the machine is idling, watch for them. When the engine is at rest, high vacuum levels can cause oil to accumulate around the head of the valve system when the valve is closed. If the seal is faulty, you may see blue smoke again when the engine starts to run. This means that oil is being pulled through the seals and into the valve guides. Be sure to shut down the engine and remove it from operation until you can service it.

6. Impaired acceleration power

Depending on the engine you use in the oilfield and agricultural industries, testing the compression of your engine can also help determine if your valve stem seals are deteriorating. If the machine has a high compression level, it indicates a valve seal problem and needs to be replaced. On the other hand, a lower level may indicate a piston ring failure.

7. Engine Misfire

An engine with damaged seals can cause oil to accumulate on the electrodes of the engine spark plug. As a result, clogging and fouling may occur, which is an accumulation of carbon that can lead to engine misfires. As carbon buildup increases, so does compression, which can lead to engine damage due to explosive errors or even premature ignition problems.

Knowing these seven signs of valve stem seal failure can help you alleviate problems like oil leaks and high compression levels before they start. The sooner you notice the different colored smoke, increased oil usage, engine start misfires and idle noise, the sooner you can make the necessary seal repairs. In return, your operation will remain efficient, effective and safe.

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