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A friend lost her husband and moved up the coast from Vancouver some 12 years ago.
MJ kept the Chevy pickup and last week she told Lois that she saw a commercial for a low-priced oil change.
Went in and had it done, so Lois asked where she had been going before.
First oil change in a dozen years.
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Late 90s I was sitting in the office of the Service Dept. Manager at a Dallas area Chevrolet mega-dealership trying to talk said manager into custom ordering an optional ring/pinion for my boss's new Corvette. He wanted to go faster quicker- cost no object- but hoped the new ratio would not completely void the whole warranty. Riiiight!
Conversation was politely interrupted by a service department tech displaying a red shop rag containing an oil filter which had been partially dissected, Exhibit A. He allowed as how the waiting customer said he/she had brought the car in for service when the "knocking noise began and the red change-the-oil light came on". Although the filter was still hot the contents resembled black creamy peanut butter he then spread with his screwdriver. Said customer was reportedly highly irate when informed the significant engine repairs would not be covered under warranty due to lack of timely maintenance- hence the visit to the Manager's office. Tech was told to Man-up and inform the customer there was not a chance, witness Exhibit A, and oh, BTW, "try to sell 'em a maintenance plan".
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Over 30 years ago, I was involved in a discussion with (then) an older gentleman who ONLY bought MB diesel cars because " You never need to change oil or the filter." I asked how that could be, and he explained to me that as diesel fuel is actually a light oil, all one had to do was occasionally top-up the oil in his MB diesel cars. I asked how long he kept his cars and how long he had followed this procedure. He explained that he bought new ones every 100,000 miles, and since they became available after WW II he had never changed oil on any of his cars and had never suffered a lubrication related failure.
Thirty years later, I still find it absolutely amazing that he actually got away with this procedure for so many years, and with so many cars.


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28K between oil changes is too long

Knew a mechanic who told me this story. Toyota/Lexus V8 seized hard on the freeway, car has about 78K miles on. Owner had bought it used, with about 50K on the clock. So he's put 28K on it.
The entire motor is caked with hard baked on carbon, seems that the timing chain seized or broke lose but the valves meet the pistons. Guy had never changed the oil since getting it. So apparently 28K is too long an interval for a Toyota.
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Then there is the problem with topping up.

A friend's son has been an academic rising to a Prof in English Lit.
As a student, he got a beater and Glenn suggested that the oil needed to be checked. Had to explain it and told him to bring the dipstick.
Glenn said it needed a quart.
Robert seemed a long time in getting it filled, so Glenn went to see what was happening.
Robert was carefully trying to pour the oil down the dipstick tube.

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Came across a Milano a few years ago parked in a service station, with oil running out from under the engine. Turns out the driver, an older woman, said her husband had just changed the oil and filter, and she then used the car to go to the store. Found out that the husband neglected to notice that the old oil filter rubber gasket didn't come off with the old filter, evidently stuck to the engine (don't know how) and so when he put on the new filter, he ended up with two gaskets stacked, and when she drove off, the oil pressure blew one of them out, and created a leak big time. Oops.

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Came across a Milano a few years ago parked in a service station, with oil running out from under the engine. Turns out the driver, an older woman, said her husband had just changed the oil and filter, and she then used the car to go to the store. Found out that the husband neglected to notice that the old oil filter rubber gasket didn't come off with the old filter, evidently stuck to the engine (don't know how) and so when he put on the new filter, he ended up with two gaskets stacked, and when she drove off, the oil pressure blew one of them out, and created a leak big time. Oops.
That's surprisingly easy to do. "Does the removed filter have its gasket?" is on my post-oil change checklist, along with "Did I actually put the new oil in the engine?"
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In the early 90's I worked as a mechanic at a Saab dealer. I had a new 9000 come in for its 1500 mile service. Which was a check over and a free oil change.

I had just mopped my lift before bringing in the car and putting it on the lift. I raised it up then went to the parts counter to get the oil and filter. As I walked back to my lift I noticed oil drips on the floor under the car. The first thing that came to my mind was someone decide to play a joke on me. Then when I looked up at the car the whole underside was coated in oil from front to rear.

I looked at the repair order and there was no customer compliant about the oil leak. Which I thought was very odd. So I went to the service adviser and told him what I had found.

He called the owner and asked him if he had noticed any oil under his car. The owner said that he had. When the service adviser asked him why he hadn't complained about it. He said he thought it was normal as it leaked less then his previous car. When he was asked what his previous car was. He said it was a Jaguar.

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When I was in high school, I worked at a Jiffy Lube. There were quite a few customers who would come for an oil change only after their engine started knocking because "An oil change should fix it, right?". There was also one time where a lady brought her early 90's Honda Prelude in for an oil change. The car ran and sounded just like any other Prelude as we pulled it in. As usual we checked the oil level before draining it to discover that there was no oil on the dipstick at all. After this, I went down into the pit to service the car, pulled the drain plug, and MAYBE 4 tablespoons of oil came out. We informed the owner of the car and she didn't seem surprised, nor did she show the slightest bit of concern. I wonder if that car is still alive. Lol.
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I can tell you that it takes 43 miles for a oil drain plug that wasn't tightened to fall out of a Milano. As the mechanic that worked next to me found out.

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Had a girl friend for a while whose sister had one of the "college girl car Dodge Dart Slant 6 cars. Supposedly a "safe" car for a conservative college girl. When I checked the oil level in it one day, I discovered that there was zero oil. I asked her when was the last time the oil was checked/added to/changed. She said, "it needs any of that? I didn't know that at all". Drove it every day to and from school for several years that way.

Bottom line, maybe her father was correct, it being a pretty safe/reliable car after all for someone who hardly knew that you turned the key to start the car, lol.

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