My 2008 Prius
was running a little rough and losing oil--before 2500 miles it would need oil (1/2-3/4 qt) and sometimes when I went to check it or have the oil changed it would actually be too dry to register on the dip stick. I took it in the have a dust shield (?) replaced over the driver side front tire and when I mentioned the oil leak the mechanics looked at it and recommended resealing the timing chain cover. I took it into another, recommended, mechanic shop, (I had moved to a different town) and they looked, too and I paid the (high) price to get the cover resealed along with all the other seals, etc. needed in the processes.
JA: Have you ever replaced the gaskets? Maybe the hoses?
Customer: I was told all the seals and gaskets, etc. they touch in the process were replaced. Anyhow, I drove about 800 miles after getting the job done and the oil was, once again, nearly empty. I am really concerned 1-that my oil tank will run dry on the road and 2- that I just paid a bunch of money for something that may not have needed to get done. The car runs much more smoothly, though.
JA: Are you fixing your Prius yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No I am not a mechanic. I took it into the Toyota Dealership 1 1/2 years ago (and many times since) to get help locating the oil problem but they haven't had a clue as to what to do. These mechanics I went to said they believed an oil leak is common with the Prius due to the TC Cover or head gasket leakage.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I don't think so. Thank you.