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Old 03-09-2020, 12:08 PM
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Question, I took my 96 328i into a local shop that had amazing reviews as I had cold idle issues and with a smoke test they found I had air leaks.

While they did that asked if I wanted my oil pan gasket replaced. they replaced the gasket as it was something on my to do list for a while...

When I got the car home I noticed a giant leak on my driveway... I took it back to them and they said my coolant line was broken on the transmission.

Now I did a transmission fluid change 5-6 years ago. And I vaguely remember touching the coolant line. I had no leaks for years, until I brought it home from the shop.

They are claiming it wasn't them, but to change the oil pan gasket you need to take that area apart and said they changed the transmission fluid.

What are the most likely possibility's here, or I am I just screwed.
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Old 03-09-2020, 08:16 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! Sorry it has to be under those circumstances.

The shop is saying they didn't cause the leak, but how do they account for that being part of what the took apart to replace the oil pan gasket?
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:08 PM
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At this point they are denying any wrong doing, and told me to tow the car out as they wont fix it.

I called around local transmission shops and as its a pressure point it cant be wielded.

So I should have done it myself like I was planning to and never taken it to a shop.

Hard lesson learned.
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Old 03-10-2020, 10:35 AM
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If it is an area that needs to be disassembled to perform the task of replacing the pan gasket and it was not broken before but is broken now, I don't know how it could not be due to them. Personally, I'd try to fight it.
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Old 03-13-2020, 01:20 PM
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Well. If its somethi g that had to be assembled for the gasket, they obviously did it. BUT! Just because they did it in the process of fixing another part, doesn't mean its their fault or liability for the parts failure.. If it is leaking out of a pressure fit end, the hose is just old and bad.. That means its your hose that went bad and would be considered an expense in the oil pan gasket job.. So... You should still have to pay for the new line and time to repair... In figurative language, you cant order a rotor replace and get mad when you find out your old pads are now worn as well..
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