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January 11, 2013, 5:23 am

Jack P

Question: Oil pan Gasket

I recently had my oil &filter changed on my 01 integra at the dealer and was told that my oil pan gasket has started to leak. Car has 180k on it, and has no engine leaks.Seems like steep price for the repair $340.00 for the oil pan gasket. Is this repair really worth doing on a 12yr old car or is this just a normal thing that happens w/ age. Also Oil is not leaking on the ground and has no leaks around the engine. Iam only adding 1qt. of oil evry 3k, car is running great seem like a waste of money. Please advise thanks, Jack.

January 18, 2013, 3:55 pm

Ron W
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An oil pan gasket is a fairly expensive repair. But if it is leaking, it should be visible from the outside. You might want the dealer to show you the leak to help you decide.

If it is just a small leak, it is not essential to fix it (more of a nuisance than anything else), but if it is dripping on the exhaust system, it could be a small fire hazard.

My daughter's Saturn has had an oil pan leak for over 100K miles but I'm not concerned about it as it isn't hurting anything and she keeps up on checking the oil.

Please check our Repair Cost Calculator for a general estimate if you want to see how reasonable their price is.

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