They say it’s leaking between the pump and the block, yes. They sent me photos and there is oil there, and it looks like it’s been building up for a good while. Never enough to drip, but enough to form layers of gunk. I’m just going to have to hope that they’re right, since I can’t go look at it myself, that it’s really leaking from the seal and it isn’t leaking from the drain plug and blowing back to there. Probably not, since I did the last oil change on it myself and didn’t see any evidence of a leak from the drain plug.
They are subtracting overlap labor. They’re charging me for 4 hours instead of 10. My big question is whether it’s really a 4 hour job. I looked into the work required, and you have to remove the timing belt (already done) and the oil pan (needs to be done). I’m not entirely convinced it will take 4 hours to remove the pump and the oil pan, and to squirt Hondabond on both, but then I’ve never done a job like this on this particular car.
I do see that replacing the oil pan gasket should cost around $450 in my area, so perhaps the $690 is roughly in line with where it should be since they’re adding oil pump r&r along with it.
Still, a bit of sticker shock there. The job is now close to what I paid for each of my first 2 cars!