Hehe. Found this amusing. Tossed one of my cars at my (local, independent) mechanic to do the belts and get an estimate for replacing the front-of-engine seals. Mainly because I’m up to my eyeballs in other projects this summer and don’t want to take the time to do it myself.
Guy from the shop calls. I recognize the name - he usually works for their used car lot down the street. Must be filling in for someone.
They want to take the timing cover off and “see what seals are leaking.” I told him that I want an estimate for replacing all of the seals and the timing belt, because if you replace just the leaking seal the other 2 are likely to pop soon anyway, so just get it all done at once.
“I don’t really know what seals are back there.”
“… Oil pump, cam, and crankshaft.”
“The head gasket is also usually under there.”
Yeah, the pistons are in there somewhere too and I don’t want you messing with them either. If I hadn’t known who the guy was, I’d be one nervous customer letting them anywhere near my car.