The engine is the most important part of your car, and it cannot function properly without valve seals.
Each valve seal stretches across the top of a valve to prevent oil from leaking into the engine. These parts are made out of durable rubber, but that does not mean they will last forever.
A faulty valve seal can affect the performance of your vehicle. For this reason, it’s best to learn how to spot the symptoms of bad valve seals and who to hold liable for this repair.
Common Symptoms of Bad Valve Seals
1. Blue-White Smoke
Pay attention to the fumes that come out of the tailpipe when you first start your car in the morning. The engine’s combustion chamber will suck down residual oil when the car first starts if the valve seals are not working properly.
This will create a significant amount of blue-white smoke that will come out of your tailpipe shortly after the car starts. This is one of the most noticeable symptoms of bad valve seals.
2. Excessive Oil Consumption
Bad valve stem seals cannot prevent oil from leaking into your engine, so the excessive consumption of oil is one of the main symptoms of this problem.
A dipstick can help you determine whether or not your vehicle is consuming too much oil. If your oil levels are dropping faster than usual, this could indicate a problem with your valve seals.
Excessive oil consumption is one of the most serious symptoms of a bad engine valve seal because it can cause additional damage.
In Kucher v. Daimler Chrysler Corporation, for example, the plaintiff’s engine needed to be replaced as a result of damage caused by excessive oil consumption.
3. Poor Engine Performance
Poor engine performance is a common car complaint that should not be taken lightly.
In fact, it’s one of the main symptoms of a burnt exhaust valve.
Valves that are not sealed correctly are exposed to hot combustion gases. If this issue is not addressed, the valves will start to burn.
This can lead to engine misfiring, rough idling, or reduced power.
Who is Liable For Bad Valve Seals?
Lemon laws protect consumers who have purchased new or used cars with defective parts. If your vehicle’s defect is covered, you could be entitled to a full refund or replacement vehicle.
Lemon laws cover significant defects on new cars.
The laws vary from state to state. Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and New Jersey all have new car lemon laws that protect consumers who purchase new cars with significant defects. Defective valve seals are covered as long as they substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value or safety. The vehicle must meet a number of other requirements outlined by the law, too.
Used car lemon laws are more complex.
New York and New Jersey both have used car lemon laws. Each state has its own rules regarding which car parts are covered by these laws.
The New Jersey used car lemon law explicitly states that all seals in the engine are covered, but the New York used car lemon law does not.
However, this law does state that all internal lubricated parts are covered, which could include valve seals since they play a role in lubrication.
The New York law also gives the dealer the right to exclude certain types of coverage, including valve repair caused by normal wear and tear and some maintenance services related to seals. If these terms are included in your warranty, it could be harder to obtain a refund or replacement vehicle for a bad valve seal.
Defects that are not covered by lemon laws could be covered by the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The laws regarding vehicle recalls and repairs are complex, so it’s best to speak to an attorney about your legal options if you spot the symptoms of bad valve guides or seals.
Questions About the Symptoms of Bad Valve Seals?
The skilled team of attorneys at Robison Lemon Law Group is here to answer your questions regarding the symptoms of bad valve stem seals.
To schedule a free consultation, contact us today via email or call us at 844-291-4377.