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

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


'18 Highlander - AMSOIL SS 0w20 / ATF / Severe Gear
'06 Santa Fe - 535,000km AMSOIL SS 0w30 / ATF (R.I.P)
Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538591
10/09/17 11:08 PM
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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!


Mine:
09 Mercury Sable : 6qts AutoQuest(Meijer/Warren) 0w20, WIX 51516
Mine to Maintain:
03 Pontiac Vibe : 4.5qts VWB 5w30,WIX 51394
Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538599
10/09/17 11:20 PM
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Chicago
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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.

Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538601
10/09/17 11:25 PM
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For such a simple task, it can do a lot of damage to a car.

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


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


1994 Honda VT1100: Peak 15w-40/PSL/2500 mile OCI
2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k OCI

Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538619
10/09/17 11:40 PM
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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.

Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538625
10/09/17 11:58 PM
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MA USA
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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!

Last edited by andrewp1998; 10/09/17 11:59 PM.

2001 Honda civic HX vtecE- 5 spd,232k+
Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538634
10/10/17 12:14 AM
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Seattle
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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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2014 dodge grand caravan
Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538646
10/10/17 01:03 AM
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BC Canada
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Forgot the drain plug washer on a car I regularly change the oil on.

Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538660
10/10/17 02:36 AM
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ROCHESTER, NY
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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.

Last edited by Char Baby; 10/10/17 02:38 AM.

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Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538663
10/10/17 03:23 AM
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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.


2014 Ford FG MkII XR6T - Havoline Delo 15W-40
2005 Ford BAII EGas - Penrite Racing 10W-40
2000 Ford AUII - Nulon SS 10W-30
Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538666
10/10/17 03:34 AM
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Texas,USA
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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.


'12 Buick Enclave 139,xxx
Valvoline ML SynBlend 5w30
ACDelco PF63E

'17 Ford Fusion (Company Lease) 42,xxx
Oil Don't know
Filter Don't care
Re: Ever have a routine oil change go wrong? [Re: Oilied] #4538684
10/10/17 05:15 AM
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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.


2006 Ford Ranger Sport
1992 Honda Accord EX
2004 Honda CR-V LX
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV (wife's)
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