Pouring Out Oil - Rear Main Seal?
My 2.5 5speed has had what appears to be a small leak in the rear main seal for a few months. No spots in the driveway however, there has certainly been a small leak coming from the area where the bell housing meets the motor. I was driving recently and when I stopped it was pouring oil out of this area. Not like a drip, more like a small stream. On closer inspection, oil is everywhere, even appears to be spraying out of the hole in the bell housing where the crank position sensor is mounted. The main stream seems to be coming from the area where the bell housing and motor meet. I don't have the equipment or facilities to pull the transmission to fix it. The local shop thinks it is the rms but cannot be sure until they pull the transmision. Very expensive fix for labor.
My main question is can the rms go very bad suddenly like this and start pouring oil and if so, is there a cause for this? Everything I have read seems to indicate they just drip and steadily drip more over time.