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Took it in for an oil change and every few weeks bringing back for more work.

I have nothing but trouble since having my water pump and timing belt changed 3 months ago. Thermasat replaced, blew the cap, now they say it is a leaking head casket.

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  • v_letourneau Apr 17, 2009

    I was not having any trouble at all, went in for my scheduled oil change and was told I needed a timing belt and a water pump. I told them to go ahead and do the changes on theses parts. 3 weeks later, I'm driving and the car over heats, I pull over add water and antifreeze, didn't have a full bottle of antifreeze. Drive to the dealer, I was told it was the thermastat amd the cap seal is gone. needs to be replaced. Plus the wrong antifreeze, need it flushed and pressure tested. Done. Since then I have smelt antifreeze everyday. I thought that at first it was from when the cap let go, turns out they now tell me it's the head gasket that is leaking.

    I have had the car in for repairs 4 times since jan.

    They keep telling me it's under the drive train Warenity. But I only have 7000 miles before that runs out.

  • v_letourneau Apr 17, 2009

    Thanks for your input, only one problem it was the dealership that has done all the work for the very first oil change. So do I go to a different dealer?

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Lucky its under warranty...head gasket and related work costs big $$$. Get it done asap or more damage will result! Can't say for sure if the work done by the oil change shop had anything to do with your current problem but in my opinion, the techs there would be working in far better places if they were experienced enough to do so...Would I permit them to work on my car.?...unlikely...let them practice somewhere else!!!

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Need whole story...Was engine having any problems before oil change and other work was done?

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Actually it's better that they did that service...otherwise they may have tried to use it as an excuse ot not do the larger job under warranty. Conversely being in a dealership does not guarantee the intelligence of any tech...next week he may not be there!!! Most places will permit you to request a certain tech just to keep the cuatomer happy. So you do have options and since warranty is expiring soon if you know of a really good independent shop, maybe you will go to them instead.
Good luck with your car!!

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The oil change probably had nothing to do w/ it. The new t-stat may have been sticking, and causing it to over heat, and pop the head gasket.

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