Asked on Jul 14, 2018

Need some impartial advice from auto mechanic...re: oil change

Nancy TurnerNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA

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I need some impartial advice on the following:

Is O ring(s) part of a regular oil change?

If the mechanic says the O ring(s) cracked, is he obligated to fix it knowing that it might cause issues?

About How much should it cost to change O rings (I think there are 2).

Appreciate any help you can render.

Thanks.


2 answers
  • No an o ring is not part of a regular oil change. They are supposed to tell you if cracked so you have the option to replace there and then, or just say no thank you, but get on the horn and call around to get replacement costs in the short term before it leaks all your oil out. Place an oil pan under your car at home so you have less mess to clean up.

    Not a cheap fix depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Ask for photos as proof if you do not trust them.

    See if this is helpful to you.



  • Nancy Turner
    on Jul 14, 2018

    Check with another mechanic. They are not obligated to put in new o rings that I know of without charging extra to do it, but they are obligated to tell you about it so that they don't have someone come back at them if the o rings really go bad and they didn't tell you about the problem. Another mechanic will be able to tell you if they are bad and how bad they are and what he would charge you to do it. It doesn't hurt to ask for a second opinion, just like with medical problems.

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