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2006 Toyota Avalon Question: Is it necessary to replace a timing cover for 1200.00? What if i dont?Small leak

 

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princessteri, 3.5L V6, Santa Clarita, CA, January 16, 2012, 15:37
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Leak looks like oil, leaving small quarter size drops in the garage. Mechanic says he needs to move engine to get to it, 15hr job. How serious is this problem?

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    January 16, 2012, 16:01
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    Top off the oil one morning and continue your day as you would. At the end of your day check the oil level again and this will give you a hint as to how bad the problem is. The oil leaks weather your driving or not. It is important to check and top off the oil as needed. If you neglect to check the oil daily you may not know that the problem has worsened and may then need an engine. I'm not trying to scare you to get the problem fixed but sooner or later people start checking the oil every other day, then once a week, then only when the oil is changed. This is only a band aid to avoid fixing the problem. The leak will get worse and then need attention.

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    princessteri, January 16, 2012, 16:35
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    Thanks, he definitely said it was oil. Has been an issue for the last couple of months, but he said my oil level is fine. He said he has to take out the whole engine to get to it. Sound reasonable ?

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    torque wrench from Stewart's Auto Repair LLC, January 16, 2012, 19:21
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    The labor for Removing and replacing the timing cover is 4.3hrs, My shop would charge $258.00 plus parts and tax. Sounds like you need to find another shop to do this work for you. Try a Independent shop they usually are much cheaper then a dealer.

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    princessteri, January 17, 2012, 16:46
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    It wasnt the dealer. It was an independent shop who told us it would take 15 hours! I know its an oil leak but when I asked him specifically how replacing the timing cover takes care of that he went into a very long explanation that doesnt make any sense. I will try another independent shop. Thanks for the advice!

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