truth is, if the person working on the car cares about their work, they will find it. honestly, i don't know how most of these HG recalls are being done with the utmost care without pulling the entire motor. I couldn't fathom leaning over/under and every which way to make sure that silicon gasket maker was on properly. I don't know if your tech did that or not, but i see it as the only feasible way to do it correctly. I understand your concerns, most definitely. This is the first time I've gotten to drive my car, worry free, in literally years. It's been under the knife so much, and I've put my faith in so many others, all to be left with a leaky, basically broken car. This car has been nothing but a HUGE pain for me, but as you stated, the way it drives is something special, and something you don't get at this price point.