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Old 11-13-2005, 03:56 AM   #1
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THE Duratec 20E Oil Change From HELL

Yeah so I work a car dealership. And at this car dealship we dispense fresh oil from hosing running along piping in the ceiling of the detail bays. This piping terminates at ratcheting rolls of hosing with a greasegun like tip thats about a foot and a half long, well this tip has a digita readout on it to indicate how much oil you put into your engine. In my case a Duratec 20E, I check online, 4.5 quarts, seems a bit much but ok. And yes the oil is 5W-20 for anyone who is curious.

So I pull the drain plug
I take off my old filter
I install my new filter
I reinstall my drain plug
I realize the oil system above the lift I am using doesnt work so I use the one next to it
I fill my car until the readout says 4.5 qts
I stop, close my filler cap and go about my merry business.
I fire up my car and instantly notice it is running insanely harsh
there is no willingness in this thing to rev, like the internals were suddnely made out of lead instead of cast iron
So I pu tit back on the lift and drain it till empty again
I leave the plug out and put one quart into the engine and make sure my coworker sees that one quart come out into the oil bin


Now there are a few things I didnt put together before the nightmare began.

1. When I drained it for the second time, the oil shot out hard enough to overshoot the elevated catchpan I was usiung which is 3 feet tall.

2. I had other things to do while it drained so I didnt see how much oil was drained from the engine.

3. My coworker said "gee, it sure is taking a long time to put in a few quarts"

Now onto the fun part, I fire up my car, get it off the lift and into a parking space maybe 15 feet away, thinking hmm i think she needs to sit before I fire her back up. I go abotu closing up shop and getting ready to leave. As I leave a few hours later, I literally make it 100 FEET, not yards, I mean FEET before my revs drop like a rock and my automatic transmissioned car says I GIVE UP and stops in the turn lane. So I pop it into neutral, fire it back up and pull into the parking lot im next to. I shut it down and coast into the spot. As I get out of the car.....I turn around and see a HUGE CLOUD OF SMOKE covering the entire parking lot, and it came form my car!

Long story short, me and the roadside assistance tow truck driver drained about 2 Gallons of oil fmor my engine and my dipstick was reaing overful, I liek an IDIOT figured that there was oil in the check tube because the car had been sitting at an angle each time i chekced it before hand, but now it was on level ground.

2 gallons later my car sits in a ford parking lot at 1230 am with the security gaurd freaked out by all the smoke my car made after i fired it up after draining as much oil as i dared.
2 gallons not including the spilled oil thats on the ground my shirt, parts, arm, leg, and in my freakin underwear of all places.

And the solution? For some reason or another the gauge on the oil dispenser at work is faulty and put in about triple what it was reading

This is the first time I ahve changed the oil on my focus and I now feel like a horses ass and its all my damn fault. So my question is this, my plug arent fouled. but I bet my cat is messed up, me EGR is probably shot and what the hell do i do to ditch the smoke? Im guessing some replacemtne parts and an engine oil change at best, and at worst soem kind of fluid flush and a minor teardown :(


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Old 11-13-2005, 12:28 PM   #2
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Yeah it prolly hurt your cat, my dads 93 escort got to burning so much oil that it wouldn't rev up, finally it wouldn't run. We cut off the cat and it was like 100 pounds. The car ran perfect, the thing is that the car didn't smoke until we cut out the cat.
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Old 11-13-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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I used to work at a tire kingdom, and one of the tech did that. He thought the meter was reading correctly, but the decimal point was in the wrong spot. Did a oil change on a nissan hardbody pick up, and put what he thought was 4 quarts of oil in it. Didnt check the dip stick and pulled the truck out. The lady left and when she got a little ways down the road the truck started pouring out white smoke, so she turned around and came back. I've never seen a car put out that much smoke before. So I drained the oil and there ended up being 14 quarts in it. Needless to say he got fired.
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Old 11-15-2005, 12:32 AM   #4
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We did a bench test at work of how much that unit flowed. When it read 1.3QT.....it had already filled an entire antifreeze container. Thats what I get for not checking it again before I left work. and also the last time I trust the measuring device for somethign that is not on my car.

Oh yeah, more bad news, the jackass tow truck driver dragged my car onto the flatbed by the lower control arms instead of the rear tow hook. Now my steering has lost that on center feel and some of the weight that made me want the car to begin with. Oh well I guess that gives me a reason to purchase those Focus Central Tubular lower control arms and some polyeurethane bushings.


On a side note, I have finally come to the pinnacle of my FWD pipe dream for my car, pearlescent paint, black gloss finsished svt five spokes, limo tint on the back 3 galss panels, 50% on the door glass (ZX3), HPA front bumper, SVT rear bumper, Shorty antenna, SVT brakes with black calipers, SVT sspension, MBRP cat back, and either build the ATX or get the diff engine mounts and an MTX75 to row my own gears, Which wont be so hard to find considering that I live about 150 yards from a group of 7 auto wrecking yards. Oh yeah and a possibly cheesy hoodscoop from saleen, but I would cut a hole in the hood and make it a functional scoop maybe with some ducting to the back of the engine near the radiator or airbox, I mean really, whats a scoop that has no job?


Either way, Im glad my first idiot mistake with my car wasnt terminal. THough it is running like its 20 horses down now but hey, a few tankfuls with premium gas and some gumout ought to help a fair bit
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Old 11-22-2005, 01:58 AM   #5
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OUCH OUCH OUCH..............I surely hope you don' t have power assist brakes, cleaning the vacuum system of oil means that you sucked before and now you must blow to get out of it
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drain it , get 4-5 quarts of 5w20 Full synthectic in bottles just so u know its not a faulty guage messin ya up again. and just do a normal oil change an if it smokes a bit after that but runs fine let it idle out side after lunch break or something an check on it once in awhile . it shouldnt have buggered anything yet or that fast . drive it a bit harder on ur way home .
Ford did that to mine the last time it went in for an oil change they had an apprentice that just started do my car an man o man did i lose it .. they tried to bring it out side an park it but it died 3 times an smoke like a champ an they tried tellin me this was normal after an oil change... but we all know other wise. i just dumped what they put in an started usin full synthetic 5w-20 .. it did smoke a lil bit for about 10miles but i tend to drive it hard sometimes an it hasnt smoked since. there shouldnt be any damage to ur engine or exsuast yet .

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Old 11-23-2005, 11:21 PM   #7
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oh man! that's f[:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]ed up!!
i hope it didn't cause any damage.
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That's so wrong that they would tell you that it's NORMAL...... whatever happened to taking responsibility for your actions?
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No kidding, when I worked at the dealer we had a guy with a 97 mercury cougar xr7 with 20,000 km on it come in. We are talking about a 7 year old car in mint condition that gets driven twice a year here. The service advisor forgot that he wanted his synthetic oil from the trunk ( I always put mine on the pass seat) put in. We pushed his car around cause we couldn't start it, service advisor got in deep doggy do do
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i havent gone back to my dealer since an that was 16k mi ago dont care ether unless its severe warenty na no way ... the next dealer around here is about 4 hrs away but yet i have a parts warhouse (FORD) 2 blocks from me >_< . any one else have a dip stick that wants to abandon ship? mine zip tied at the momnet to keep it there
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