my 1996 Passat intermediate shaft oil seal was torn when I took it apart. The rubber was not hard and about 1/4 to 1/3 of the seal tore and oil was purring out. Before I took the gear of the shaft I tried to wiggle the shaft up and down and felt some play. I am wondering why the seal tore? I am planning on replacing the seal and hope the little play is not an issue. Just wondering what caused the seal to tare.The engine seemed to run fine. I did not think it had low oil pressure. Any thoughts?