Oil seepage out of front cover-2000 Toyota Echo HELP!
Just to let you know, I'm a 60+yr. old lady, who loves watching Scotty on youtube. Well, here goes. Got a 2000 Toyota Echo. I bought it last November (-yeah, did not have it inspected first) with 102,000 miles on it. Just had the oil changed for the first time since I bought it. A local Chevrolet dealership did the oil change. The invoice I got after the oil change says "has oil seepage out of front cover, requires further investigation". I scheduled an appointment at a Toyota dealership next week to try and find out where the leak is coming from. I can barely afford the $145 per hour diagnostic fee so it may end up that I find out what's causing the leak, but I can't afford to have it fixed. If it's fixable. I guess it's my fault for not having it inspected, but I needed a car and I did not have a lot of money. Anyway, could someone please just give me the bad news and tell me how much something like this might cost to fix. Or if it's even fixable. Since I've had the Echo, I have never seen any fluids in my garage or on the driveway. I make sure to check. And even though I have my oil changed, I still check to make sure the oil is full and clean at regular intervals and that there are no leaks. I don't know what kind of oil the previous owner used, but I put in a 5w30 sythetic blend and I am religious about having the oil changed on a regular basis. This oil change was performed at least a 1000 miles before the due date on the last oil change because I'll be travelling about 175 miles in the car in a few weeks and I wanted to have everything ready. I live in a small town. If my car breaks down I have no one to call and I'll be walking a very long way to get home. I'm really glad there's a place for people like me, who are not mechanics, to ask questions. I'm a single lady, who just moved to a small town and I have no one else to ask.
Don't trust or take your car to a dealer. They are in the business of ripping you off. As @chucktobias pointed out, find an independent mechanic that won't take advantage of you. Dealers will tell you anything and flat out lie to charge you more money.
I have a bad experience with a Toyota dealer and I think I'm not the only one here. Try to find a trustworthy mechanic.
If you are not sure what is leaking, here are Scotty's tips.
I looked around the Valve cover and saw a bit of oil on the left side near a bend
Valve cover seepage is such a minor issue I do not think it's even worth addressing at this time.
But as far as the repair, The gasket is cheap (maybe $30), and it takes a few minutes to install.
Talk about price first - it should be total around or under $100.
Scotty has a video on performing the repair:
And an old short one: