1) Toyota matrix 2004 mech. says oil leak from timing cover. Wants to reseal. Also says drive belt should be replaced due to coverage in oil.
JA: Have you ever replaced the gaskets? Maybe the hoses?
Customer: No, but how can mech determine for sure that's where leak coming from?
JA: Are you fixing your Matrix yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: QUESTION: "LEAK" just started about 2 months ago I know because I can see it on the driveway. engine
does not run out of oil before next oil change so amount of oil stays steady.....WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS HOW LONG COULD I SAFELY DRIVE WITH AN OIL COVERED DRIVE BELT since I'm short of cash right now. Otherwise all other aspects of engine checks out fine. Just a guestimate of how long I might be able to travel in this condition. I'm an old lady & just drive locally; 10,000 miles per annum
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes, should I also replace the water pump
at the same time whenever I get the timing cover resealed, and what part does the TIMING CHAIN TENSIONER play in this leak; mech never mentioned it as a possible source of leak. Should the TIMING CHAIN TENSIONER o-RING be changed 1st to see if it stops leak?