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Why You Should Always Double Check

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So I always make it a habit of double checking all the work done by any mechanic. I started when I was a kid, because my Dad taught me less than reputable places may take advantage of a younger person, assuming or hoping they don't know much.

As I got older, this became less necessary because I really only take my cars to one place, a guy I have known 20+ years and trust explicitly.

However, I do occasionally use the dealership when a car I own is brand new and want to make sure there are no TSB or Recall issues, or it needs warranty work.

Took my 10 month old 4300 mile 2015 PP GT to a dealership I have great trust in . These guys have done really good work in the past, and really have great customer service. Car went in this week for its first service. (Oil change.)

Now I ALWAYS pull into a nearby gas station and top off the tank and check under the hood after. Well this little habit saved me a potentially huge problem.

As I pulled into the station, I could smell burning oil. I figured the monkey doing the oil change dripped some on the engine. When I popped the hood I almost shat myself.

The dumb a** left the cap off the filer hole. It was sitting on the shock tower still. Oil had been flung all over the engine bay. Probably lost 1/4-1/2 a quart.

By the way, I was somewhat suspicious something was up because the oil pressure gauge was all over the place on the way to the gas station.

Took the car back immediately. To the dealerships credit, the service advisor could not apologize enough. They topped off the oil, and cleaned the engine compartment.

When I got home, I noticed the hood liner had absorbed some oil, so I did my best to leach it all out with rags and towels. Dealership agreed to replace it if I noticed any problems.

I'll know for sure next week when I have my 2016 extractor turn signals installed by my regular mechanic.

Long story short, if you don't already, make it a habit of double checking your mechanics work. In my case it probably saved me a huge repair, and lots of downtime.




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Glad you found that! We had an 05 Altima and one day I found some oil on the garage floor. Turns out the dealership oil change person didn't tighten the oil filter completely. Thankfully we didn't drive it much. Took it back and they offered a free oil change :lol:
 

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This happened to me in an 04 Altima and I ended up suing the small shop that did it. Engine started knocking real bad because I didn't notice anything for a few days oddly enough.


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That happened to my sister's car once. Be sure to clean all the oil off the rubber parts in case they're not treated to be petroleum product proof. This is especially important on any tiny vacuum hosts where small leaks can cause performance issues that isn't always easy to find.
 
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That happened to my sister's car once. Be sure to clean all the oil off the rubber parts in case they're not treated to be petroleum product proof. This is especially important on any tiny vacuum hosts where small leaks can cause performance issues that isn't always easy to find.
Good call, and already done....even after the dealership cleaned the engine bay, I went through and wiped everything. Only thing I'm worried about at this point is the liner....we'll see what happens over the next couple weeks.


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if i cant even trust a dealer to do a simple job as this, who can you trust. One reason I started doing stuff myself. If I end up double checking everything anyways might as well do it myself
 
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if i cant even trust a dealer to do a simple job as this, who can you trust. One reason I started doing stuff myself. If I end up double checking everything anyways might as well do it myself
I agree...I would prefer to do it myself. But, I live in a Condo and we have rules that prohibit working on cars except for non-emergencies. Also, disposing of oil in California is a huge pain in the a**. (You would think it's nuclear waste, the way they treat you at the disposal facilities.)


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I agree...I would prefer to do it myself. But, I live in a Condo and we have rules that prohibit working on cars except for non-emergencies. Also, disposing of oil in California is a huge pain in the a**. (You would think it's nuclear waste, the way they treat you at the disposal facilities.)


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My dad always took it Kragen/Oreilly. They dumped our oil free of charge.
 

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I agree...I would prefer to do it myself. But, I live in a Condo and we have rules that prohibit working on cars except for non-emergencies. Also, disposing of oil in California is a huge pain in the a**. (You would think it's nuclear waste, the way they treat you at the disposal facilities.)


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Heck changing your oil is a non-emergency, so it's full steam ahead bro.:D
 

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thats why i always check before i leave the dealership whenever they change my oil. i verify the oil level on the stick and make sure there's no scratches anywhere before i leave.
 

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Glad you got that figured out.
I was a mechanic a at ford dealer for years and saw a lot. I'm the only one that works on my cars. I just can't trust anybody and yes that's from being in the business.
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