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?
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.
〉 Answered on Jul 9th, 2008 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management