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Antietam
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Mar 18, 2015, 11:13 AM

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This Sunday I had my daughters oil changed at a quick lube (i know, bad dad) right before she left to return to college across state. I drove it .5 miles home from the oil change place. She and her two classmates made it not quite out of our subdivision before the car stopped. I noticed a spot of oil in the driveway (after it sitting for 90 min after the oil was changed) the size of a large dinner plate and a steady drip as she pulled out and away. When I got to the car 2-3 minutes after she broke down there was a steady stream of oil down the backside of the engine. It also was slow dripping oil out of the tailpipe. Within an hour there was a slick 40 ft long on a slight incline. My guess is between 3-5 quarts dumped out in an hour. I called the lube place and let them know about it. They went and looked at it while i drove the girls to catch another ride back to school. They called back and said there were no issues on their end. When i checked the dipstick after i got back to the car it read right at full. So then i guess they put too much oil in it? The manager said i probably had a broken timing chain. The car will not start. Thank you for all the help with this.
2000 Toyota Solara 190 k ran good. Minor oil leaks but not dripping


Discretesignals
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Mar 18, 2015, 12:01 PM

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Not sure what your question is, but document everything. Including what the manager said. Have the vehicle towed to your mechanic and have it diagnosed. If the problem is related to something the oil change place did, you may need to contact their corporate office.





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Hammer Time
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Mar 18, 2015, 1:20 PM

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Sounds like they resolved the leaking oil filter and filled it back up hoping you won't realize the engine wear their mistake caused. That's the problem with those quick lubes.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 18, 2015, 2:21 PM

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Dang - You weren't there to see what I suspect is quick fix whatever and filled it up but doesn't run at all - right?


Will it crank and not start or just seized up now? Really not the whole point so fast with a trail of oil right after. Document the details - pics now of oil if you can too I guess. Stuff happens as said especially with Nifty Quicky places. They'll have insurance and settle if you just follow it up and hope all comes out well later,


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Antietam
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Mar 18, 2015, 4:47 PM

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Thanks for the replies gentlemen.

-It never turned over again. It tried. It sounded like it was a high pitched wine for a while when trying to start but then that ended. It definitely doesn't sound like it used to when cranking.

-unfortunately i had to leave to take the girls back to school so in hindsight i guess it wasn't smart to tell them where it broke down. I didn't think of that.

- I did have the car towed to the repair shop but he is waiting until I move forward.

- I said it has a chain but it has a timing a belt. My apologizes.

- I guess what I'm asking is does a timing belt breaking cause a car to dump it's oil like that?

The advice I get from you experts will help me in disputing the Lube company's story if they are in the wrong. Timing belt breaking being their reason. But, that still doesn't account for the extra quartz of oil?...


Hammer Time
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Mar 18, 2015, 4:54 PM

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No, the timing belt will not leak oil.

What happened here is pretty obvious. The left their shop with a very severe oil leak after they changed they the oil and now the car needs a new motor and they are responsible. You need to go down there and make some demands. If you don't get a satisfaction at the store, ask for their corporate office but don't let them blow you off. They are responsible.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Mar 18, 2015, 4:55 PM)


MarineGrunt
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Mar 19, 2015, 5:35 AM

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When I was a kid I took my car to one of those places for an oil change. I can't remember how long after, but the low oil light came on, so I pulled over and popped the hood. They had forgot to put the oil cap back on. I can still remember taking my sock off and sticking in place of the cap while driving to the parts store. Not sure why I didn't stick a rag in there but I was only 16. My dad called over there and of course they specifically remembered tightening the cap on my exact car so it wasn't their fault the cap was faulty. Too bad dad was able to find the working cap down in the engine compartment. After he drove over there and had a few choice words with the manager they steam cleaned the engine and tried offering 5 free oil changes.
I bet they'll fight you nail and tooth. Seems like most those places have a bunch of young kids working there. Most probably don't care about the company name but rather saving their own hide. I can see small claims court in your future. Like HT already mentioned, document everything. Maybe your mechanic can vouch for the running condition of the car due to a recent repair?


(This post was edited by MarineGrunt on Mar 19, 2015, 5:38 AM)






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