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I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla. I had the oil pan and gaskets replaced last year 11/07 to be exact.. Just recently I was told by the same mechanic I had a terrible oil leak (that didn't show on the ground because it was being absorbed by the gaskets / rings) and I needed to get the oil pan and gaskets replaced. I did and 340.00 later I come across a receipt showing I had the same thing done last year!! Was I ripped off?? What should I do? Thanks Cathy

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Cathy, It seems unlikely that you would have the same repair of such stature repeated in a years time. Something sounds a little funky! AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Cathy, If it was a serious leak, oil would definitely be showing on the ground. The gasket is somewhat absorbent, but not enough to hide a drastic leak. A gasket, in simple terms, is a seal. It is not a sponge. Please, always ask your technician to show you exactly what they are referring to. Also, do not feel bad about getting a second opinion. Suzanne

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