Looking at the service invoices - here is what they say was done:
1st Visit: along with a 150k mile service pkg and an injector cleaning - leaking coolant - "Found head gasket leaking. Tech removed cylinder head and sent it out to be checked and resurfaced. Reinstalled head and verified no leaks now". Also, "tech verified and found oil leaking on belt - needs valve cover gasket and belt - tech replaced valve cover gasket and drive belt"
Note: prior to this, the engine had been using oil slowly - had to put in a quart every 4 or 5 fills. I hadn't noticed any leaks so I assume it was burning it.
2nd Visit: pretty significant oil leak noticed within a week. "Found valve cover ASM warped, replaced valve cover ASM".
Should they have noticed this the 1st time around - or am I expecting too much?
3rd Visit: (loss of power, flashing SES light - had to tow). I forgot to mention that the problem didn't occur in the shop. They tried driving around and stressing the engine after arriving, but SES was out and didn't reoccur apparently. "Tech hooked up scan tool, found code P1406-EGR valve sticking, P0133-front oxygen sensor. Needs new DCR valve+oxygen sensor).
I didn't have them repair it at this time. Later, after the car was cold, the SES came on again, but is not flashing. I've been warming up the engine before driving the last couple of days - no flashing, but SES on.
So - what do you think - should I shell out another $500 this further repair? Do they have further culpability? Or is it just an inconvenient coincidence? I can't afford to keep paying for the next failure in the cascade.
Another thought, is this replacement something I can do myself. I used to do my own tuneups & brake work about 25 yrs ago before things got "too" complicated. If it doesn't require a lift or any big part removal, it might be worth my time to save half that cost.
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 8:04 AM