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Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? #4785429
06/13/18 01:31 AM
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Hello
Can extended high speed runs on the highway (80+ mph) lead to oil leaks or other engine issues? What about accelerating too quickly from a stop?

Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785433
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Hi Jaha24k,

That can happen ONLY if you switched from dino oil to synth in specific cases. Detergents might clean gunk at seals which were sealing before thus they start to release some fluids. There are seal swell additives today in synths, so this is generally not a problem.

To answer your original question no, high speed should not harm the lubrication system, it is designed to be holding much more pressure. Of course there is a bigger stress on seals if the engine RPMs are higher due to the oil pressure, but that's all. If there is a leak, that is a sign of seal failure, it's not really about user error. Usually oil filter housing seals (if there are) give up the fight first, as they get the highest pressure most of the time.

One thing can cause leaking though - which is overfilling the engine with oil, causing higher crankcase pressures in general.


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Ikken] #4785436
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Originally Posted By: Ikken
Hi Jaha24k,

That can happen ONLY if you switched from dino oil to synth in specific cases. Detergents might clean gunk at seals which were sealing before thus they start to release some fluids. There are seal swell additives today in synths, so this is generally not a problem.


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785458
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Originally Posted By: Jaha24k
Hello
Can extended high speed runs on the highway (80+ mph) lead to oil leaks or other engine issues? What about accelerating too quickly from a stop?


What sort of RPM's is this?

Your engine shouldn't be working that hard so to answer your question, no.


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785478
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High speed driving, no. Hard/fast accelerating puts unnecessary load on the entire drivetrain.

Last edited by ka9mnx; 06/13/18 04:37 AM.

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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785510
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No. If it were so my cars would have oil coming from everywhere.


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785518
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Yes.

Posters above are talking about what should/shouldn't happen. That isn't the same as what can or does happen.

Bad things can and do happen, and the stress of high speed running/high acceleration is likely to expose any weakness that exists.

For example, I thought I'd popped my head gasket a while ago with a bit of high speed running of my ancient 3cyl. Turned out I hadn't (probably), (though I had popped an exhaust gasket) but I certainly could have.

Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785530
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Maybe that's why the most blown engines you see are on drag strips?


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785541
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80 MPH is now considered high speed?

If that were true, every car in Germany would need a new engine weekly.



Anyways, that is probably the best thing you can do for an engine. Nice lean burn, runs hot, keeps everything clean.

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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785550
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Exactly, just as mightymousetech says above me. A gently warmed engine running oil in the 90-105ish degrees celsius range can be revved like there is no tomorrow. Should not cause any issue at all. When driving in the high rpm range, more frequent oil level check is recommended though.


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785567
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Not at all, 80 mph is no where near high speed.
As long as the crankcase vent system is good condition there should be not real pressure or vacuum in the crankcase. A clogged PVC or intake hose can cause issues that may be exacerbated at higher rpm's.

Oil leaks from seals generally happen for a number of reasons.

Loss of seal pliability or cracking due to aging or deposit buildup.
Wear of the seal face or rotating part wear, in which case you need to sleeve the rotation part and replace the seal.
Loss of tension on the seals spring (less common).
Excess pressure or vacuum due to faulty crankcase ventilation system on either the fresh air or PCV/scavenger side. air must flow in at least equally for it to work properly.
Improper installation.


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80+ mph is not high speed
Fast acceleration eats gasoline and may cause some strain on drive train.
Cause any leaks? Not a chance


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Ducked] #4785586
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
Yes.

Posters above are talking about what should/shouldn't happen. That isn't the same as what can or does happen.

Bad things can and do happen, and the stress of high speed running/high acceleration is likely to expose any weakness that exists.


Your car is patched together with chop sticks... I can see why you think the way you do.


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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Trav] #4785629
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Originally Posted By: Trav
Not at all, 80 mph is no where near high speed.
As long as the crankcase vent system is good condition there should be not real pressure or vacuum in the crankcase. A clogged PVC or intake hose can cause issues that may be exacerbated at higher rpm's.

Oil leaks from seals generally happen for a number of reasons.

Loss of seal pliability or cracking due to aging or deposit buildup.
Wear of the seal face or rotating part wear, in which case you need to sleeve the rotation part and replace the seal.
Loss of tension on the seals spring (less common).
Excess pressure or vacuum due to faulty crankcase ventilation system on either the fresh air or PCV/scavenger side. air must flow in at least equally for it to work properly.
Improper installation.

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Re: Oil leaks and/or engine damage by high speeds? [Re: Jaha24k] #4785661
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I tend to drive very old cars so my experience is this.
As an engine ages it lets more combustion gases pass by the pistons and rings. This adds pressure to the crankcase. At high speeds the throttle is open more and the corresponding vacuum applied by the PCV is less and therefore if you have seals or gaskets that are marginal, you are more likely to have oil leaks.

What is high speed driving? Again in my experience, above 80mph is high speed driving for a 4 cylinder car or a large cube van with a V8. Engines don't want to be worked above about %20 throttle for any length of time. I notice the OLM on my 4 cylinder car counts down fast if I cruise above 70mph indicating GM thinks this is hard on the oil.

I ain't no engineer.

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