4 days ago I noticed my oil light came on. This was the first time it ever happened. I pulled over and checked the oil. It seemed low so I added a bottle and went home. I didn't drive the car for the next couple days and let it sit.
Yesterday morning I checked the oil level and it was low and I noticed some oil on the ground beneath the car. It wasn't a puddle, but I noticed a softball size stain on the pavement.
Last night I took the car to a national chain auto repair because it is close to my home. They changed the oil and as I was leaving a mechanic alerted me that my car was leaking. When we both looked it was actually gushing oil.
They took it back in the shop and put it on the lift and said it was a leaking oil pan gasket and would cost $350 to fix. Today I called to check on the progress of the repair and was told it a leaking front crank shaft seal and they recommended that I change the timing belt as well and that the cost would be $720.
A couple hours ago I called back after not hearing anything ( I was told my car would be ready by 3pm) that they can't seem to fix the seal (they said they tried twice) and that I need to replace the entire engine at a cost of around $2000 or more. They also told me that "you probably didn't have problems before because they used a thicker oil during your last oil change that kept they oil from leaking out too fast"
I feel I am being ripped off because they don't know what the problem is and how to fix it so their solution is to replace the entire engine. A $35 oil change has now ballooned to over $2000 in repairs to replace an engine.
I know the car isn't new but it has been well maintained and has very low mileage.
Please advise and thank you in advance for your expertise.
have the same problem?
Friday, April 2nd, 2010 AT 7:34 PM