How do you put a camshaft seal in?
To install a camshaft seal, the old seal must first be pulled from the cylinder head. A technician then presses the new seal into place, taking care to avoid damage to the new seal and the mounting surface of the cylinder head. But that is only part of the job. In order to access the camshaft seal, many other components must be removed, including sensitive timing elements, such as the timing belt, tensioner, and more.
Can you drive with a leaking camshaft seal?
You should not drive a vehicle for very long if the camshaft seal is leaking. Not only will your engine lose oil, but damage to the timing belt and other timing components can result. And if the timing belt fails, your engine could suffer major damage. A leaking camshaft seal can even lead to an engine fire in some circumstances.
Can I drive with a broken camshaft?
No, the engine should not even be started if it has a broken camshaft. If an engine with a broken camshaft is started or allowed to run for even a few seconds, other internal engine parts - the pistons, valves, or even another camshaft - can all suffer catastrophic (and costly) damage.