Oil pan leak with no oil on the ground?

Asked by Jul 25, 2013 at 06:59 AM about the 2006 Toyota Camry Solara SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Mechanic said oil pan was leaking so I had it repaired.  But then I realized that I park in an
assigned spot every day and that I had never seen oil on the ground in that spot.  I asked
the mechanic and they said the oil blows off as I'm driving and that is why I didn't see any
on the ground.  I'm wondering if this makes sense / could be true, or if I was fooled into
paying for an unneeded repair.

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1,100

Any oil leak so minor that the oil vaporizes as you drive is no oil leak at all. All engines, with few exceptions have a film of oil on them constantly. You should have asked more questions when they sold you the repair, but anyway time for a new mechanic

90,655

The only explanation I can offer is that the oil pan may have started to show a leak but was not severe enough to drip on the ground. My Jeeps tranny pan was doing that.

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