Oil Leak Scams
One of the problems of knowing whether or not you are being told the truth concerning a report of an oil leak coming from your engine is that there is little room for the owner to question its veracity. In fact, you may not have even noticed any obvious oil stains ln your driveway or garage floor, but that does not disprove an oil leak is not there. Just the possibility.
Furthermore, visible oil leakage may not occur while the vehicle is parked and the engine off because the pressure is not there to force oil past a weak seal. So, what are your options? In short, follow the motto of the great state of Missouri—“Show Me.”
That was the message in a recent Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel episode where the host showcases a 2010 Rav4 with nearly 195,000 miles on it that has developed an engine oil leak on top of being one of those Toyota engines known to have oil burning issues we’ve learned about earlier.
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In the video, you will follow along with “Peter” as he shows how he found the leak and explains why it occurs and what you have to do in order to see that a rear main oil seal really is leaking—-which is especially good to know and understand if your service tech or dealership garage may come to you with this expensive problem during a normal inspection.
That said, follow along with this very short, but informative video.
Rear Main Oil Seal Leak on 2010 Toyota RAV4
As I’ve been reminded by a few readers in the past: Yes, we do not all have the luxury of owing a car lift in our home garage that would make finding real problems and scams easier. However, when a tech or mechanic comes to you with any repair that is going to be expensive, there is really no reason why a customer cannot ask politely to be shown the problem while on THEIR lift to ascertain the truth of the situation. I’ve done this with my spouse’s car (which in case you did not know that I’m rarely allowed to touch) at her preferred dealership garage and it has never been an issue or even created an uncomfortable situation.
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For additional articles about Toyota Rav4, here are a few for your consideration:
• Toyota RAV4 Full Review and Common Problems Update
• Toyota Rav4 Engine Warning for Used Car Shoppers
• Toyota Rav4 Maintenance on the Cheap
Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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