|05-27-2015 01:47 PM|
I have used Mobil 1, Pennzoil Platinum, Pennzoil Platinum Ultra, and even Amsoil Signature. Whenever I have changed the oil, and checked the level, the fresh oil is usually so clean I have a hard time seeing it on the stick.
Not sure why "fresh" oil would look dark as my experience with fresh oil suggests its hard to see on the stick after an oil change.
Looks like somebody was sloppy putting oil on the filter. I hate oil messes, as they attract dirt over time. I even use a rag saturated with solvent (Brake cleaner) to wipe around the drain plug and the filter head after everything is done.
I have never had problems with drain plugs. Looks like somebody way overtightened the plug, or was just plain sloppy with the wrench.
If they have this sloppy attitude over an oil change, what will happen when the car eventually needs more extensive work?
I suppose I could have tapped new threads for the pan, but I didn't want shavings inside the pan. Ended up getting a new pan, and cursing at them for several hours as I changed the pan.
|05-25-2015 10:42 PM|
|JoshuaCurrie||Thanks for the helpful pics and walkthrough because my 2014 focus is almost due for an oil change. Almost 5k put on it in 2 months. The dealership changed it before I bought it at 45K. I was feeling kinda overwhelmed but not now on my oil change. Thanks.|
|05-25-2015 10:36 PM|
Haha - don't screw it in without wrench in hand to tighten it.
Cheaper to dump oil out the hole by trying to fill it without a plug than have it come out later.
|05-25-2015 10:08 PM|
|Arco-Zakus||Even as simple as it is, you still have to stay focused. ;) Simple errors (like a drain plug left finger tight) can have big consequences. (That is not one I had to learn about first hand.)|
|05-25-2015 08:55 PM|
|05-25-2015 07:51 PM|
|05-25-2015 02:49 PM|
Better to ask than wonder.
More oil on the filter could have been a loose one, seeping a little. The amount I saw matched sloppy lube of the ring, you DO want lube done for better installation/easier removal.
Don't like mangled bolt heads of any type myself, that one shouldn't cause a problem from the appearance.
|05-25-2015 11:07 AM|
|mukti||Okay, probably just my inexperience with cars is making me more worried than I should be. Thanks!|
|05-25-2015 10:42 AM|
The "covered in oil" pictured (dirty at the edge) is prob. from the oil wiped on the sealing ring when installing a new filter. Take a finger full & slop it on would be typical, no need to precisely apply the oil so none drips to the outside of the ring.
For commercial oil changes, drain bolts are a disposable item. Depending on car brand/policies of the company they can be replaced at every change. (one outfit I know replaces all Ford & Honda ones at each change)
As long as it holds until the next change, it's done it's job as far as they may be concerned. If you're unhappy enough, they might just give you a new one to make you happy.
Oil color is hard to tell at a glance, fresh can vary quite a bit by brand/type & used is supposed to be dirty when it's doing it's job. What I see on the side of the pan looks like normal dirty oil.
|05-25-2015 09:52 AM|
When I got my oil changed at the dealership for the first time (free one from purchasing the car), the oil seemed dark when I looked at it immediately after the change. Since it was a dealership, I assumed I could trust that they changed it. I'm out changing my oil with my father's help, and when we started to drain the oil, he said it looked much darker than it should (I'm a bit over 10k miles, and the first oil change was at 5k). There were a few other oddities we found, like the filter was covered in oil. It didn't look like it was leaking, since the felt panel didn't have anything on it, but there was a layer of oil coating the filter... I just assume they did a sloppy job.
When we went to unscrew the plug, we noticed that it seemed to have been tightened far tighter than it should have been; and again, the oil was super dark. The plug looks like it might have been slightly stripped as well
We didn't slip at all when we were unscrewing the plug, so we know we didn't do this. Are these always like this, or was it likely stripped by the dealership?
Should I do anything about this? Would the dealership do anything?
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