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Hi, Patty-- A couple of months ago, I had a problem with a routine oil change. It was a "double gasket" error which led to oil covering the entire bottom of my car. The oil light went on, I got to the closest service center, they took me out into the service bay and explained/showed me the problem. I got the underside power washed, oil changed again, etc. Took pictures, got money back from original oil change place, gave them copies of the pics and all receipts... My question: all seems well now. I drive my car a lot with my job, and it seems the same as before. Yet, the repairing service center told me "scare stories" of major engine failure some thousands of miles later. Given that I got immediate service and all has been well since.... liklihood that there was any major engine damage done? (The car is a 2005 Subaru WRX, 5-speed. Low miles. I'd had it all of 2 months when this happened.) Thanks for you thoughts on this! Kim

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Kim, It sounds like you did the right thing. Getting to a service station as soon as possible was very good. The oil light comes on as a last resort to let you know that there is a severe oil shortage, but there is probably still about a quart of oil in your vehicle. I usually tell people to shut the car off immediatly when this light comes on so that no damage is caused. If your engine sounds the same to you and you don't hear any type of tapping noise or see by the temperature gauge that the engine is not running hot, then you should be okay. Your quick response to the problem saved you, and the shop that did the work, a lot of money. Lori

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