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#4538578 - 10/09/17 10:41 PM Ever have a routine oil change go wrong?
Oilied Offline


Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 42
Loc: Atlantic Coast
We've all been there or know someone who has messed up an oil change. From a small dumb mistake to a really big whoopsie, what's your oil change fail story?

-Mine was a guy I know (no, it wasn't me)that was pouring in the new oil, and he noticed an ominous puddle of fresh oil slowly forming on the ground under the car.... guess what he forgot to do...

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#4538580 - 10/09/17 10:44 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
When I was driving a fleet van and took it to a quick oil change place. I asked to use the washroom so I got out of the vehicle over the pit and as I'm coming back I see the guy pouring in oil at the top and I'm watching it pour out of the engine all over the floor in the pit down below. I said to the kid, I didn't know a flush was included. He looked at me puzzled and then I told him what was happening. crackmeup
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#4538591 - 10/09/17 11:08 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3858
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
that would be the time i drove over the top of my ramps, and into the front of the oven and cabinets in the front of my parents garage...
see this thread:
OOPS!
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#4538599 - 10/09/17 11:20 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
danielLD Offline


Registered: 08/12/17
Posts: 226
Loc: Chicago
Originally Posted By: Oilied
We've all been there or know someone who has messed up an oil change. From a small dumb mistake to a really big whoopsie, what's your oil change fail story?

-Mine was a guy I know (no, it wasn't me)that was pouring in the new oil, and he noticed an ominous puddle of fresh oil slowly forming on the ground under the car.... guess what he forgot to do...


I almost cranked the key over, with the drain plug in my left hand, LOL. That was almost a new engine.

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#4538601 - 10/09/17 11:25 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
For such a simple task, it can do a lot of damage to a car.

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#4538602 - 10/09/17 11:26 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2967
Loc: USA
TWICE, this style of drain pan has resulted in me cleaning massive oil stains off the driveway.

1st time: The little breather cap (yellow in pic) was still on, so oil goes into middle hole, but no air could go out of breather hole...overflowed.

2nd time: Cut off breather cap, so that was OK.. but the oil drain plug fell as is common during an oil change circled around and plugged the middle hole..overflowed.

Tossed the [censored] pan after that and got the type without the "top".


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#4538605 - 10/09/17 11:28 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
blupupher Offline


Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4421
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Drained oil, pulled filter, punched hole in filter so it would drain, installed plug, and then found I don't have the correct filter (after pre-filling the one I thought was correct). No other vehicle at home. Had to ride my bicycle 6 miles each way to get a new filter.
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#4538619 - 10/09/17 11:40 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
rubberchicken Offline


Registered: 07/07/08
Posts: 399
Loc: Maryland USA
A buddy of mine was complaining about the cost to service his boat, especially the outdrive. I gave him a quick lesson on changing the drive oil, but I always had Mercruisers, and he had a Volvo drive. I specifically said "read the manual carefully !!". Generally speaking, you drain them from the bottom, and fill them from the bottom with a special drive oil pump. Mercruisers have a single drain plug, and a upper level plug. It turns out, Volvo's had 3 plugs: a lower drain, a mid level, and an upper level. He drained the entire drive, but only filled it to the first level, not the top level. On the next outing, he got about 1/4 mile from the boat ramp and his drive locked up: $3000 repair.

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#4538625 - 10/09/17 11:58 PM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
andrewp1998 Offline


Registered: 10/18/08
Posts: 853
Loc: MA USA
I Could not get filter off cause loser tech at Honda dealer put in on to tight, and I had all the oil drianed out so I had it towed. I punched a hole in filter with screw driver to but it would not budge!

Another time the I gave another tech my wix filter to put on and the jerk put on a cheap honda filter! I called the manager momths later after I found out by looking under the car at next oci and she did not do a thing !! The loser tech left the dealership and also overfilled my crankcase and stripped my drain plug!!!!! I wrote a nasty email and again called the loser manger with no luck!!!!

Hopkins Honda in Minnesota!


Edited by andrewp1998 (10/09/17 11:59 PM)
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#4538634 - 10/10/17 12:14 AM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
Superflop Online   happy


Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 420
Loc: Seattle
Heres one for you. Years ago, I was doing a service on a dt 466. Had a high lift drain pan that has a vent you have to open so it keeps up with the larger volume sumps. Two high lift drain pans sitting next to each other saw one had the vent open and somehow grabbed the other (vent was closed) so i dropped the plug out and started my underside inspection (this vehicle was in the air, we have 60k lb lifts) im somewhere at the rear axle when the pan became full and couldnt keep up.... oh the mess it made, hot 15-40 going all over and the drain plug buried in the bottom of the drain pan.
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#4538646 - 10/10/17 01:03 AM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
Farmer Offline


Registered: 08/05/15
Posts: 1111
Loc: BC Canada
Forgot the drain plug washer on a car I regularly change the oil on.

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#4538660 - 10/10/17 02:36 AM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10019
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
I mean, I have forgotten to put in the drain plug as I was replacing the oil, which went all over the floor. What a mess! Beyond that, I haven't had any OCI issues.
However...
...Years ago(late 70's), my sister used to take her Toyota Corona to K-Mart for an oil & filter change(~$8). One particular day I took it in for her as I had to get something at K-Mart's garden section.

While I was waiting for the Tech to button up the car, I was watching him(~ 18 yrs old) through the locked door to the service center. Customers couldn't walk through the door as it was locked on the garage side and the garage/service employee had to let you in from their end.

This new Tech was closing the hood on the car and getting ready to hop in the car/start it and back it out when, I pounded on the door & yelling, "Hay, he didn't put in any oil!"

The MGR opened the door as I was repeating myself & pointing to the car when the MGR shouted to the Tech to shut down the car. The MGR asked the Tech, "DID YOU PUT IN ANY OIL?" The Tech said, "Yeah I did!"

They opened the hood, checked the dipstick and it was dry. The engine didn't run long enough to hurt anything as whatever residual oil was remaining in the engine was enough to keep it from cooking.

I had them check the filter to make sure it was NEW and the correct part# and IIRC, they didn't charge for the service.


Edited by Char Baby (10/10/17 02:38 AM)
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#4538663 - 10/10/17 03:23 AM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
BoganBox Offline


Registered: 09/28/17
Posts: 15
Loc: Sydney Australia
Massive spillages of fresh and used oil, big white streaks in the old oil, minor burns; oil splattered all over my arms, face, glasses and hair when the old filter is removed; far less oil drained out than should have been in sump. Nothing too serious, I guess.
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#4538666 - 10/10/17 03:34 AM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
ATex7239 Offline


Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 331
Loc: Texas,USA
Buddy helped me do some maintenance on my car back in High School in exchange for buying him cigarettes. He ended up leaving the stuck gasket off the oil filter on the engine. And I didn't double check his work. Blew the seal on my way to work after school the next day.

Between the extra oil change and the tow, it was a very expensive pack of cigarettes.
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#4538684 - 10/10/17 05:15 AM Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied]
exranger06 Offline


Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 3907
Loc: Guilford, CT
I think the very first oil change I did myself, I double-gasketed the oil filter. Finished the oil change, started it up, and oil was gushing out. Shut it down immediately, no damage, just a big mess to clean up. I never made that mistake again; now I always check to see if the gasket is still stuck to the engine.
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