[V8] Oil Seals
roncav3 at comcast.net
roncav3 at comcast.net
Fri May 28 11:31:18 EDT 2004
Thanks guys, point(s) well taken. I guess I'm just frustrated with the garage as well as myself. Nobody likes to hear that their car needs to have additional repairs after shelling out way too much $. I'm going to just let it go because they were able to seal the tranny without any type of major aftermath. And I will eventually need to replace the t-belt (I'm not doing it). So, this guy is a viable option. I'll have them fix the front engine leaks when it's t-belt time. I'll just chalk it up as a lesson learned.
I've owned this car for 2 years. I've done a lot of DIY stuff: valve cover gaskets, crank position sensor, engine speed sensor, and the list goes on. I guess I'm just pretty upset with myself for not realizing the extent of repairs that these cars constantly need. A lot of which I just don't have the time to get into. But, at least I've found myself a support group! Thanks.
> > ... So, I let them do the work that I couldn't be
> > bothered with - RMS.
> Welcome aboard Ron! Hang around for a while and you'll probably start to see
> the frivolty of this issue, as Camrys these cars ain't.
> From my backyard, it sounds like you'd have a microscopic case if you hadn't
> taken the car back and done what you could (valve covers) and returned for just
> the RMS. But only microscopic -- At best you should be at the front of the line
> for getting back in the shop to continue the repair process.
> It rubs me the wrong way that the guy blamed the crankcase pressure or whatever,
> rather than saying, "whelp, the valve covers must not have been the only source
> of the leak up front. Do we keep going?" If the customer (you) doesn't
> understand the unique difficulty in diagnosing this sort of thing, it's likely
> not the type of customer the shop wants anyway. OTOH, the shop would go
> bankrupt in a week waiting around for customers of such understanding.
> Having BTDT on several early Jags, know that multiple oil leaks are diagnosed
> and repaired two ways:
> (1) Fix what you know is leaking, thoroughly wash the motor top and bottom, kill
> whatever electrical gremlin you awoke by washing, and wait for another leak to
> surface. Repeat. Of course, washing a V8's motor is practically dumb, let
> alone futile in this case due to the t-belt cover.
> (2) Remove motor, replace every dang seal there is at once. Pray nothing leaks.
> Charge a year's worth of A4 payments.
> For the record, I did #2 above on my car (with help), and the motor's FINALLY
> dry. Of course the hydraulic system promptly sprung a new leak -- so it's like
> shovelling sand with a pitchfork anyway.
> Save your "fury" for cases of gross negligence or the Super Bowl, and wait for
> your t-belt to need replacing. If this guy was able to R&R a V8's trans without
> incident, perhaps he's a candidate for the belt job as well... perhaps. Don't
> burn a bridge.
> My friendly yet candid $8.19
> '91 V8 5M
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