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I am pretty sure that one could start a new forum specifically about oil changes gone very wrong.

The subject came up at a brunch one time,
and all ten people had three stories each.

Even a few stories about the shade tree mechanics fowling up a time or two, over 30 years.

Then there are the stories about the mechanic' s leaving their tools under the hood.





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Posts: 50375 | Location: Henry County , Il | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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All the horror stories is why I’ll be changing my own oil until I’m physically not able to do so.
 
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Originally posted by smlsig:
Dewhorse do yourself a favor and buy this..

http://fumotousa.com/parts.php...=F106S&partnumber=44

I have them on all our vehicles including our Porsche’s. That way the next time either you or some grease money changes your oil it will be easier...

You’re welcome.


I put them on every vehicle we have now. Make changing the oil pretty easy.


When I purchased my Camry in 2013, I did the first oil change at something less than 5K (owner's manual said 10K) and put on a the Fumoto valve. When I took it to the dealer for the 10K oil change, they actually unscrewed the valve to change the oil, took off the old crush washer and didn't put a new washer back which caused a leak Mad )...
 
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^^^ That’s some weapons grade stupid right there.
 
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Thanks smlsig, will pass that along





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Posts: 50375 | Location: Henry County , Il | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I've seen over torquing of plugs and filters more than under. Also, they usually forget to put oil in the filter before installing, and forget to lube the o ring on the filter and to replace the washer on the drain plug. We drive so little anymore and both our cars take fully syntetic oil, so we get the cars into the dealer for an annual checkup and oil change (about 5000 miles). My tractor and push hmowers I do myself. I actually enjoy seeing that black oil being replaced with fresh!!
 
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A neighbor changed his own oil.

Drained the old oil, installed a new filter, replaced the drain plug, and drove away.

The car has been sitting in his driveway for a couple of years now.

PT Cruiser doesn't run very long with no oil in the engine.



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Posts: 23486 | Location: Central Florida (near Orlando) | Registered: January 03, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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A neighbor changed his own oil.

Drained the old oil, installed a new filter, replaced the drain plug, and drove away.

The car has been sitting in his driveway for a couple of years now.

PT Cruiser doesn't run very long with no oil in the engine.

No oil in a PT Cruiser is the least of the problems involving that car!!!
 
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All the horror stories is why I’ll be changing my own oil until I’m physically not able to do so.
^^^^^^ This.

I always hated the first oil change after buying the car. I'd swear the factory puts the oil plug and filter on with an air wrench. Last car I bought I had the dealer complete the first oil and filter change, and replace the oil drain plug with a Stahlbus drain plug.


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I'd swear the factory puts the oil plug and filter on with an air wrench.


Agreed. The first oil change on our then new 2008 GMC Acadia was horrible. Access to the oil filter wasn't the best and I tried everything to remove it.

Finally I was compelled to drive a screw driver through it, turn it about 15 degrees, repeat, until I could loosen it by hand.

My wife could hear me swearing in the house.
 
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I change all of the oil for my families 5 cars except the Wife's Caddy, she likes going there, getting a new loaner and shopping at the mall while it's being done. She's fancy like that


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Then there are the stories about the mechanic' s leaving their tools under the hood.


I had a clutch changed at a Chevy dealer on my Blazer many years ago. A couple of days later the clutch locked up. Towed back to the dealer & a large socket was found inside the housing!


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Then there are the stories about the mechanic' s leaving their tools under the hood.
I had a clutch changed at a Chevy dealer on my Blazer many years ago. A couple of days later the clutch locked up. Towed back to the dealer & a large socket was found inside the housing!
I have a nice Snap-On wrench that I found after a flight, in a sort of hidden place in the engine compartment that I never used to look at during a pre-flight inspection. That hidden place is on my checklist now.

My regular maintenance guy inventories his tools before he signs off on a job but this wrench was left there by a guy at a different airport when I needed something taken care of while I was on a trip.



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