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#3330048 - 04/01/14 08:10 AM Worse service mistake ever!
Corvette Owner Offline


Registered: 01/22/03
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Loc: Waldorf, Maryland
I read that someone took their car in for an oil change, and the place unknowingly drained their automatic transmission oil instead. Then they added oil to already full oil pan (without checking oil level afterwards).

The person didn't get far, both transmission burned up and engine broke!

True story.
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#3330056 - 04/01/14 08:14 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Yes, I've read about it on BITOG. It was Walmart, IIRC.
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#3330058 - 04/01/14 08:17 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Seriously? LOL!
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#3330066 - 04/01/14 08:27 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
Bottom_Feeder Offline


Registered: 12/07/08
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Loc: Occupied Virginia
Originally Posted By: Corvette Owner
I read that...

True story.


It's true because you read it on the Internet?

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#3330067 - 04/01/14 08:27 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
Hollow Offline


Registered: 02/29/08
Posts: 1311
Loc: the South
That is a disturbingly common thing to have happen to Subaru vehicles.

Someone drains out the front diff, AT, or CVT, then dumps in fresh oil. Car no happy.

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#3330078 - 04/01/14 08:37 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 04/13/13
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Ouch =/ I would like to believe Walmart covered the damages.
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#3330092 - 04/01/14 08:51 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 05/17/09
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My old GF from the 80's had her CJ7 serviced and an OC, They drained the oil , put on a new filter but never added the oil. Next day she said Engine was clattering. I checked oil saw no indication. Added x# qts then it ran quiet ever since. I think she drove 50 miles with maybe a remaining 1/2 qt but no OUTWARD signs of engine damage after I topped off the oil. Amazing. Straight six running on a tiny bit of splash.
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#3330097 - 04/01/14 08:55 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: ARCOgraphite]
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Registered: 09/01/08
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Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
Amazing. Straight six running on a tiny bit of splash.


Yep. They are tougher than we want to give them credit for. And we stress over viscosities and extended intervals, LOL.

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#3330101 - 04/01/14 09:02 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 4908
Loc: USA
WM drained a SAABs tranny instead of the engine once around here,they filled the engine to the top with oil.They noticed it though and corrected the error before the car was started.
WM asks dumb questions to prospects,like do you know what a dipstick and drain plug is.But no training or require previous mechanical experience.You get what you pay for!

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#3330153 - 04/01/14 09:49 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 431
Loc: Hamilton, Montana
I guess the lesson here, again, is to learn your vehicle and do your own maintenance. I don't trust anyone to touch my truck unless the job is just too big, such as an axle change. Then, at that point, I have someone I know and trust to do the work. If it is just vehicle upkeep, every owner should know how to so simple things like brakes, oil changes, all filter changes, etc....I almost feel like that should be a requirement before getting a car registered.
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#3330190 - 04/01/14 10:41 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
JOD Offline


Registered: 09/10/09
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Loc: PNW/WA
I believe there was a guy on the Ford Freestyle forum several years ago who did this while DIY. IIRC, he didn't actually destroy the engine though, because the transmission failed before he had a change to destroy the engine.

There was also a guy who added ATF (for power steering) to his brake fluid (I believe he posted on here to ask about it! I think it was his son's Freestyle). That was a really expensive mistake as well--everything in the chain had to get replaced. Ouch!

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#3330194 - 04/01/14 10:43 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: bbslider001]
msmoke00 Offline


Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 159
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: cowhorse01
I guess the lesson here, again, is to learn your vehicle and do your own maintenance. I don't trust anyone to touch my truck unless the job is just too big, such as an axle change. Then, at that point, I have someone I know and trust to do the work. If it is just vehicle upkeep, every owner should know how to so simple things like brakes, oil changes, all filter changes, etc....I almost feel like that should be a requirement before getting a car registered.


The major caveat is doing it correctly. Many DIY'ers think changing the oil is enough and never think to check tie rods, ball joints, etc. Doing the jobs they can do need to be done right as well, ie cleaning/replacing brake slides and lubing them instead of just pad slapping. I don't mind people doing their own work correctly, but when we're fixing DIY'er shortcomings in the shop it makes for headaches.


Edited by msmoke00 (04/01/14 10:46 AM)

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#3330216 - 04/01/14 11:01 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
meep Offline


Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 3341
Loc: Southeast
my brother had a reasonably new outback around 2001 or so. he brought it in for dealer maintenance while it was on warranty. they once changed the filter and added oil without draining it. the engine had some form of catastrophic failure in a week. the dealer saw it was overfilled and blamed him until he pulled out a service receipt. the dealer bought the car back from him and gave him a deal on a new one.
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#3330220 - 04/01/14 11:07 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 3947
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: Corvette Owner
I read that someone took their car in for an oil change, and the place unknowingly drained their automatic transmission oil instead. Then they added oil to already full oil pan (without checking oil level afterwards).

The person didn't get far, both transmission burned up and engine broke!

True story.


If he had treated the motor and trans with Slick 50 prior, he could have gone all year without noticing!!
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#3330255 - 04/01/14 11:35 AM Re: Worse service mistake ever! [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 01/17/14
Posts: 583
Loc: Virginia
Originally Posted By: Corvette Owner
I read that someone took their car in for an oil change, and the place unknowingly drained their automatic transmission oil instead. Then they added oil to already full oil pan (without checking oil level afterwards).

The person didn't get far, both transmission burned up and engine broke!

True story.


Must have been a subaru. lol
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