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I changed my oil less than a month ago on my 1996 Jetta GL 2.0 and since then the oil they put had leaked out completely. I bought my own oil and just filled it up and it leaked out again. I took it today to the oil place where i changed it thinking maybe they didnt screw something on properly but they told me that my oil pan is damaged because they say i went over a curb! Ridiculous, i never hit anything but okay, then they tell me that it might be some gasket that is leaking...some rubber on the oil pan. Does anyone know what they are talking about? If i put Lukas into it would it help with the leak? .. HELP!

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Too lose so much oil indicates a considerable leak. Do not add anything as a magic quick fix! Put the car on a lift or ramp and inspect the transmission oil pan and engine underside. This will identify the source of the oil leak better than anything else. The gasket is the seal around the periphery of the oil pan to engine mating face. Also check the crank case pressure relief assembly on the back of the engine to ensure that it is free of leaks. If you have to remove the oil pan and replace the gasket take care on reseating the pan housing bolts....it can be easy to strip the threads by over tightening the bolts. If the threads have already been stripped previously by some mechanic using a air ratchet/torque wrench then check the length of the bolt sockets on the casing, it might be possible to insert longer bolts of the same diameter and thread pitch and use the remaining region of undamaged thread. The pan bolts should only be tightened lightly... just enough to ensure an oil tight seal with the soft gasket. Ensure that the oil drain plug also has its oil tight washer fitted.

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Hi
It sounds like the sump gasket is leaking, this can happen over time and with a car of this age is not unusual, the gasket should cost no more than say £10 GBP and labour would be about 1 hour max.

Hope this helps
Regards

Dan

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