Q: Leaking oil from main seal on 1996 Toyota Camry

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It is leaking a little oil from the main seal (drops per day). How long can I drive it like this without causing major problems? (5 speed)Can I take it on long trips? (about 300 miles each way)
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There are two oil seals at each end of the crankshaft one on the timing belt end which if that were leaking would contaminate the timing belt and cause its premature failure. An oil leak at the other end of the crankshaft the transmission side of the engine is less serious from a "break down" point of view. It will leak oil but even this oil leak is at the rear of the flywheel and unless it is gushing out oil won't get on to the clutch disc. It should be fixed to prevent the engine eventually being run out of oil if not checked and from an environmental point of view.