Originally Posted by BillBoost37
Kev...that is the only way I've seen them bad as well. The original gaskets are expected to be lifetime unless some monkey reefs on them.
That'* why I got a replacement gasket for mine. I've seen so many idiotic things done to cars. My tranny pan was leaking when I got the car, and given the pain to drop the pan again I decided to just change the gasket and not take a chance.
Let'* see, I had
grease pumped all over my disk brakes,
ball joint mounting bolts left untorqued AND no cotter pin installed,
a unidirectional tread tire mounted backwards (three left mounted tires, 1 right mounted)
improperly miss-diagnosed emissions repair
Last two are understandable, people make mistakes. And no, I don't go for the cheapest repair shops around. First two are life-threatening mistakes. Sorry, I guess I'm deviating from the thread theme a little. Bottom line is nothing surprises me anymore. I'd have chosen to replace the gasket right away too.