I own a '99 Corolla with app. 121k miles. I brought my car to the dealer for a routine oil change. My “report card” indicated a red flag, i.e. there was oil seeping from the head gasket and from the oil pan gasket. The service advisor said that I should monitor it to see whether or not the seepage gets worse. He said that it didn’t necessarily have to be fixed now.
Everything I’ve researched on head gaskets indicates that if there’s a problem, a telltale sign would be leaking radiator fluid. I didn’t see anything about leaking oil. As far as the oil pan gasket is concerned, I figure that it’s a simple fix, and that I could do it myself, or save the aggravation and let the dealer handle it during my next service appointment.
So, here’s my question – should I be doing anything more than simply monitoring the situation? As a side note, I plan on selling the car in a few months, and I wanted to give the buyer all the service maintenance records. So, that red flag poses a bit of a problem.