Today’s question was about the 2013 Prius with 55K miles and an oil leak the dealer wanted $1600 to repair. This sounds like what happened to me at the dealer a year or so ago (which I posted in this forum). They said I had an oil “ooze” at the timing chain cover gasket and wanted a similarly outrageous amount to fix it.
Looking at the service manual, I can understand why it is such a time-consuming affair, involving around 18 bolts that have to be torqued in a very arcane pattern which the normal owner wouldn’t be equipped to undertake.
Many months later, after the ooze was diagnosed, I still haven’t had a drippy oil leak. I think this repair just became popular with the dealers because it was instant revenue for a problem that may appear suddenly or take a long time to show up, and would be a nice add on for the major service that was done around that time in a car’s life. I think Ray may be on to something with his suggestion that an inferior sealant may have been used at some point in time.
The easiest solution to me is to check the car periodically (daily, weekly, hourly) and if there is any sign of oil under the car to have it taken care of immediately.