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Old 12-30-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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A bad story and terrible ending...

Well, last week I went to my local Ford dealer for an oil change (something Iíd rather do myself if I had the space). The next day I came home from work and noticed a small circle of oil in my spot. Over the last few days I figured out it only leaks a little after I drive it. Finally today I had time to take it back up there and see what was what. I figured it was an issue with the oil filter or plug but they come back and tell me I need an oil pressure switch-$70.04 after parts labor and tax AND a passenger side axle seal-$235.38 after parts labor and tax! Is it just a coincidence this happened the day I got my oil changed or is it something they couldíve done? Iím getting tired of fixing one thing after the other recently. Just put on a $300 alternator last monthÖ I guess thatís what you get with a 10 year old car though. Also is this something that can wait awhile, say a couple months? Or should I find a way to do it now?..


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Old 12-30-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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Hey look at it this way at least you didn't take your car in for a ecu reflash and to get a spare key made. Then your car comes home with a thrown rod, and a destroyed exhaust. Long story, but I ended up eating that cost and I still have a broken car... Dealerships suck ass. Never again.
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I doubt they sabotaged your axle seal or your oil pressure sender.
Does it need those parts? Depends on how much fluid it's losing.

Don't like paying labor to replace nickel and dime parts for hundreds of dollars? Neither do I, so do the labor yourself. You are looking at ~$40 in parts and half a Saturday morning of labor.

Driving 10+ year old cars is not a good way to save money if you have to pay other people $200 in labor to change a $20 seal every time.
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Hey look at it this way at least you didn't take your car in for a ecu reflash and to get a spare key made. Then your car comes home with a thrown rod, and a destroyed exhaust. Long story, but I ended up eating that cost and I still have a broken car... Dealerships suck ass. Never again.
Yes they do. Did they say how it happened?

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I doubt they sabotaged your axle seal or your oil pressure sender.
Does it need those parts? Depends on how much fluid it's losing.

Don't like paying labor to replace nickel and dime parts for hundreds of dollars? Neither do I, so do the labor yourself. You are looking at ~$40 in parts and half a Saturday morning of labor.

Driving 10+ year old cars is not a good way to save money if you have to pay other people $200 in labor to change a $20 seal every time.
Yea I don't think they did it and just a bad coincidence. It only looses a little bit of fluid when I first quit driving. I went almost a week like that and I added a little oil when it got about 3/4 full. I just don't know if it will get worse. The parts are about $15 each from Ford but the axle seal is a 3.5 hour job. I'd do it but I have a driveway, one jack, minimal tools and have never been taught anything related to cars. lol.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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That's what this website is for! As long as this website is alive there will be people around you that want to work on your car for nothing but a beer.
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Just to add= Its cheaper then $300. to $500. car payments ever month. Just don't let the oil get to low.
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Yes they do. Did they say how it happened?


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no they wouldn't admit to it, they said engine was bad when I brought it to them. It just broke all together when they tried to start it. I couldn't prove it cause car didn't run when I dropped it off, cause ecu didn't match PATs, which is why it was there I just finished a engine swap.
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maybe the engine was crap James. did you ever hear it run before buying it? I know it's not possible sometimes...


well that's a 10 year old car for you. You should see the problems some newer cars have. Your title is very misleading.
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How could an ECU flash cause a thrown rod? Sometimes coincidences do happen. Buddy of mine is a mechanic at a GM joint and they had a guy complaining that his tailgate started squeaking after an oil change. How exactly did changing the oil affect their tailgate?

Same with the OP. While dealers are notorious for telling you that you need things that you don't really need, if the parts are indeed bad, I seriously doubt they are dealer caused. A pinched O-ring on an oil filter leaking, forgetting a washer, even dropping a rag into the crankcase- that stuff happens. But I don't see how those things could have happened due to dealer negligence. It's also possible that your dealer used a different oil than you had used previously, and perhaps this oil had an easier time getting past the pressure switch and leaking. ALSO possible that the leak was there previously but you had not noticed it before or parked just-right to see it before.
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