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My mechanic is telling me I have a leak in my engine...he is not sure if it's a coolant leak or a oil leak. He wants to do a dye test to find out...Is this necessary and can I still drive my car if it's only a oil leak?

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  • Jules0606372 Apr 13, 2009

    So I am not sure if it's a oil or coolant leak...I was told that there was a leak in my engine and that I needed a dye test to determine where it is. There are no symptoms...I just asked my mechanic to do a general check-up because I am about to drive across the country

  • Jules0606372 Apr 13, 2009

    So maybe I should check the level of my coolant and oil and keep an eye on it the next couple of days to see if the level changes dramatically? Do you think it's worth calling him and asking why he thinks this and what the evidence is? Thanks so much by the way...

  • Jules0606372 Apr 13, 2009

    Great, I will try that! One more question...do you think I can wait to flush my transmission fluid? He was saying that it was starting to smell a little burned, but I haven't had any trouble with my gears...although it is an automatic

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    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Your owners manual should tell you how often to change the transmission oil, typically every 40,00 miles if you don't know. I'm not so sure about this guy doing it, but that's up to you.


  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Sure, I would call him and play dumb...what were the indications of leaks again??

  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    It really sounds like a scam to me.
    Did he say why he thinks this, or where there is evidence of a leak? This is incredibly vague!
    Check the level of your oil and coolant before you go, don't worry about it.





  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    It's pretty easy to tell the difference between an oil leak and a coolant leak. What is the problem you're having, symptoms?

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A dye test is a sure way to figure out a leak. and depending on the type and severity of the leak it may be possible to drive the car.

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