Coincidental Leak?

coolant
oil
mechanics
leaks
gaskets
#1

I recently helped my elderly mother take a 5 yo (Buick LeSabre) car to be state inspected. The car had been serviced by a dealer by my recently deceased father. The inspection turned into a set of shocks and a phone call from the (new) mechanic telling me that there was a little oil around the manifold that may never amount to anything since my mother was driving 3 thousand miles (!) a year. Lo and behold a week later there was coolant all over the garage floor one morning, requiring an expensive repair. My question is, is it possible for a mechanic to see two ladies coming and loosen a gasket to cause this problem?

#2

Possible? Of course it’s possible, but it’s also possible that the two are not connected.

What caused the coolant leak?

How did you choose your current mechanic?

#3

I chose the new mechanic by looking at AAA approved shops only and checking Car Talk. This particular shop had no feedback on Car Talk, but I also chose it because it was easy to drive to for my mother and was not a gas station.

Unfortunately, I had to leave town (there with my mother for my Dad’s funeral) and my brother arranged for the engine to be rebuilt at the dealer. So I did not get the rest of the detail.

#4

How could the mechanic who hypotheticaly “loosened a gasket” be sure the car whould be brought back to him for repair?

In 30+ years in the garage I have never seen anyone do this and have never worked with people would would tolerate this

I have seen techs accidentaly break things and make honest (maybe incompetent) diagnostic errors.

#5

I would very much doubt that they did something to cause a problem, especially because you did what you could to find a good mechanic. This would be extremely unusual.

#6

Thank you, all. It makes me have a bit more faith. I started to wonder when the tappet (sp?) brothers said that a mechanic that doesn’t sell at least a set of shocks should have his boat taken away :wink: