not too long ago, I'd say 16 months tops, I had my throw-out bearing on my clutch fail.
when I finally saved up enough money to pay a mechanic to install a brand new clutch kit
my mechanic also recommended I change my rear main engine oil seal while the gear box was off the car. This seemed reasonable to me so I said "go for it!"
now a year and a half has passed and my clutch has begun to slip. a week ago I changed my oil
and verified the correct amount of oil on the dip stick. I have been driving this car long enough to know it does not burn or leak any oil.
except a few days ago I felt my clutch slip in 5th gear on the highway on the way to work.
I was bummed. could I really be that hard on the clutch and wear it out or glaze it severely
to cause this? well I babied the car for a week hoping i had simply overheated the clutch and
some chill driving would bring it back.. but no joy.
today I got under the car with a shop light and inspected the bottom of the gear box and
low and behold...
there is like a metal access plate of some kind near where the gear box mates the engine
and I detected a little bit of my fresh oil seeping from the seam there. I also verified on the
dipstick that the oil level was three lines of tiny dots ( on the dipstick) lower than it was when I changed the oil last week. this pretty much makes me sure it is my rear main oil seal
leaking and tossing motor oil all over my NEW clutch.
dammit I am mad. the mechanic offered a 1 year warranty on parts and labor but
I feel that if they had done the repair correctly that this wouldn't have happened.
could my driving habits cause the rear seal to fail?
just wondering if people thing I should pick a different mechanic this time
or if I should go back to Earl at aamco transmission and say.. look man...
Im leaking oil from a part you installed..
my instinct tells me to pick a new mechanic tell them what happened and hope
they will be careful and install a new oil seal and clutch carefully and
correctly so that this never happens again in the life of this car..
also I am assuming the intermittent slipping and oil has destroyed the clutch disc.
I don't suppose anyone would argue that cleaning the oil off completely would
save the clutch and it would function normally if cleaned and re-installed?
I assume not but wouldn't mind saving $150 dollars.