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Had timing belt changed, now oil light coming on

(2002 Mitsubishi Galant)
in Montgomery, AL on February 01, 2010
I had my timing belt and water pump replaced recently. The next day I drove the car and the oil light came on. The mechanic is trying to say that it's because of the oil screen needing to be cleaned and wants to charge me another $200 for that job. The Camshaft and Crankshaft seals were also changed and I've heard that if those seals aren't put in correctly, the oil pressure will become a problem... is it true? I don't think that the work he did had anything to do with the oil screen and the car was fine before. I was only doing preventative maintenance and now here's something else. Could this mechanic be trying to squeeze water out of a turnip... or more cash out of me?
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on February 02, 2010
The camshaft and crankshaft seals would have to be leaking very badly to cause the oil light to come on, essentially leaking out most of the engine oil in the engine. I believe you would have noticed this.
When the timing belt is off, the oil pump is partially exposed, and the crankshaft seal is mounted in the oil pump housing, so there is a possibility that something was affected that may be causing the light to come on.
I am curious, how did the mechanic come to this conclusion?
Did they check the oil pressure?
Was the oil changed when the timing belt was replaced? If so, what type of oil did they use?
All of this is speculation on my part because I cant see the vehicle, but this is highly coincidental.
on February 05, 2010
This is a response to bretb:
Thanks for answering, the mechanic came and took the oil cap off, used his flashlight to look into the oil chamber where you add oil and said that he saw what the problem was, he saw gunk and that meant that the oil screen needed to be cleaned. He didn't check the oil pressure and the oil wasn't changed when this work happened. Since then I have taken the car to an import specialist who, cleaned the oil screen through the oil pan $250, changed the oil pan gasket $7.98 (part cost)and changed the oil and filter $40, total price of $348, which included $50 towing. So in all I've paid more but I have my car back 2 days later done by a pro shop and since I haven't heard anything else from the first mechanic about trying to fix the problem, I'm satisfied with the decision. And oh yeah, I remembered that right before the first work was done, I put stop leak/smoke in the car.. which loosened the gunk so if anyone uses that stuff be prepared to go through this same problem...
on August 19, 2012
AS YOU FOUND OUT UNFORTUNATELY and many others have or will , those 'quick' miracle fixes , can cause quick problems. Sorry you found out the hard way.
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