During this winter storm my car slid on ice and i smashed into a rock pretty hard. I backed up and i tried to continue moving and my car just stopped about a minute after i hit the rock. I got out and saw all of my oil spilled. I saw that the oil tank was somewhat damaged but the oil filter tool the most damage. I thought the filter just broke so i changed it and as soon as i turned the car on after i changed the oil filter And put more oil it all spilled right out from the oil filter. The engine turned on perfectly fine and i was very disappointed that it wasn't the filter that broke and where u put the filter it was somewhat loose. So than i got it towed to a mechanic and they said the engine was broken also. And they want $ 1000 to fix it. I don't believe it was the engine. What do u think ? I feel like they're trying to take my money. What do u think ?

Asked by Dec 28, 2012 at 04:08 PM about the 2001 Subaru Forester L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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I would believe the mechanic based on your account of the accident. $1000 is probably the repair to engine and or the oil filter area vs a new engine. A new engine would be in the $3-5K range if they were replacing it with a remanufactured one. Your only other recourse at this point is to have it towed to another mechanic for a second opinion.

So the motor could have been damaged by it ?

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You said oil tank, do you mean the oil pan on the bottom of the car? If that was damaged, the cost is to replace that and the loose filter connection. I doubt the engine was damaged further, but did you run the engine without oil in it?

Yes, the oil pan my mistake.but No i haven't turned the car on without any oil unless the mechanic did.

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