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Check for oil leaks!

Neal

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Midlothian, VA
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Ventana 4037
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2017 Chevy Colorado
End of last year I was concerned about having to add oil from time to time and asked others if they were doing so, is this normal for a diesel engine. Answer was no. I took it in to have it checked and they replaced the oil pan gasket. I stopped having to add oil.

A few stops ago on a concrete pad I noticed a small oil area with wet oil. Each stop I'm leaving a small amount of oil. Today I took it to Cummins and they put die in and did a compression test and found the oil leak coming from the top. A head gasket is required. It's a week long service, 30-40 hours labor, rate here is $138/hr, add parts. Not cheap. Thankfully it's under warranty. As it's not critical it will be done after the winter trip.

So the word to the wise, as we do while our "house" is under warranty, while your engine is under warranty be looking at it under a magnifying glass for issues like this. I'm lucky I noticed it on the concrete pad.

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J&JD

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How many miles on your engine Neal?
 

Neal

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2017 Chevy Colorado

Neal

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40' 11"
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2017 Chevy Colorado
I would not have noticed the initial leak and wet areas of the engine had it not been for being able to easily view at HWH for the Active Air install where you can walk under it.
 

Neal

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2017 Chevy Colorado
Follow-up to my Cummins visit in Tucson, AZ yesterday:

When I went to get my keys to pickup the coach they wanted to charge me $300+ for troubleshooting/diagnostics. I said no, it's under warranty and he agreed and was going to send me the paperwork via email as he had to redo it. I was a bit shocked I was being charged and felt this was a scam to get money from people for warranty visits at a local shop. As the repair will be 5 days and it's not critical I decided to wait to do this when I return home to VA.

I just called asking for the paperwork as I hadn't received it and he tells me that he was supposed to charge me for the diagnostics as there was no repair performed and it's with his manager at this time.

What is your take? If you go to an automotive place such as Cummins and there is a problem that is covered under warranty are you supposed to pay them for diagnostics of it?
 

Neal

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2017 Chevy Colorado
I called Cummins and they said yes if you don't do the repair then you pay for the diags. Well, they released me without paying as he agreed it was under warranty so I'm on the run :)
 
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