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Smelled something 'hot' after driving my car on two consecutive trips. Thought it was possibly a belt or hose. Dealer told me I had 4 oil leaks - one was a timing cover, one was a gasket - dry rotted, another was a hose and the last was the oil pan gasket. I told them I had absolutely no oil on my garage floor, how could I have 4 leaks. I was told they were all dripping onto the hot parts of the vehicle and burning before they hit the ground. They replaced all for almost $1,100. Drove less than 2 miles to home. 2 hours later there there was a 2 by 3 foot puddle of oil on my garage floor. Took it back, they told me that oil travels the path of least resistance and is now going through my oil pan, which is porous and has several holes in it. (I watched the drip - it was dripping in 1 spot). By the time they called me, they had already epoxied my oil pan and are waiting for it to dry and then test it again. Hoping to save me money b/c the oil pan will cost me $500 - $700. I'm betting they just didn't have something tight enough and that's why it was dripping so badly. Am I being ripped off?

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Wow, they epoxied the oil pan? I would not go back to that shop. It's possible they created the problem but it's a bit suspicious that this happened after you took it to them. After they epoxy it (which hopefully they won't charge you much for) take it someplace else and get it fixed the right way. If that epoxy fails and you lose all your oil while you're driving you're going to spend a whole lot of money on a new engine.

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They cud be rite but dealers usually are mor xpensiv--hard to find gud mechs-anywhere-reading manuals urself is a good place to start--rmembr car is over 10yrs-things wear out--oil pans in junkyards work--always check titeness of bolts afta someone did work-shops get busy and peopl forgett etc-they dont often testdrive also--if u work underneath ur car use jackstands cause a jack alone will move and fall-----search magicmechanic online-send him the ordeal-hes a master on any make n model

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SOURCE: 99 mazda 626 lx -i have a slow oil leak. only leaks when i drive.

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Not likely. My 2001 Tribute developed a leak at the oil pan gasket about two years ago. I got the gasket replaced, but it was expensive. I would take it to another shop and get a second opinion.

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