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Old 12-08-2003, 04:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy Smelling oil

I took my 03 SVTF to the dealer last Wednesday for the 12,000 mile oil change. Next day I smell oil after driving on the highway for a short trip. OK, so I figure the tech spilled some oil and it is burning off. I would expect that to burn off after a few days, so no sweat.

Well, now it's been 5 days and I still smell oil. So off the the dealer I go...... please put my car up on the lift and let's have a look see. Well, every thing is dry, oil filter tight, drain plug tight, and no sign of oil. Good news me thinks.

Today I had to drive to Albany, about 1 hr each way, and when I get there I smell oil. I pop the hood sniff anround and look at what I can see, and nothing. This has me baffled. I can't figure out why I am smelling oil. (burnt oil) I have made another appointment for Thursday this week.

Any of you fine folks have any ideas? I'll let you know when I find out. Hope it is not some thing big, I can't deal with my car not being 100%, makes me crazy.


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Old 12-08-2003, 04:32 PM   #2
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Other than the tech spilling oil, I dont know what else it would be...Sorry

I do have a similar problems, after I put gas in my SVTF, for a couple of miles I smell gas and it is so strong it makes your eyes water. Pop the hood do a lookie round and find nothing.

Is it possible that they spilled oil somewhere that you cannot see?
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:14 PM   #3
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I do have a similar problems, after I put gas in my SVTF, for a couple of miles I smell gas and it is so strong it makes your eyes water. Pop the hood do a lookie round and find nothing.
Uh-oh. That sounds like the fuel tank vent hose has come loose, or something similar. I would take it in and get it fixed ASAP!

You aren't a smoker, I hope?
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bfocused, I have the exact same problem. I went in for an oil change at the Ford dealer, it came out smelling like burning oil. Figured it would burn off - it's been MONTHS and I can still occasionally smell burning oil, usually only when the car has been worked extra hard and the engine is hotter than normal. Nothing is obviously coated in oil, it is not leaking on the ground - I dunno. They must manage to get oil in the one place where it takes forever to burn off. Most dealers will admit off the record that they have the lowest guys on the totem pole doing the oil changes, they save the techs for more "important" stuff.
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Yeah of course they do SVT4Me alot more people know how 2 change the oil on a car then how to actually fix something thats wrong with it so why waste the time of someone who can be fixing a car by making them change oil
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Yeah of course they do SVT4Me alot more people know how 2 change the oil on a car then how to actually fix something thats wrong with it so why waste the time of someone who can be fixing a car by making them change oil
Why have a tech do it? Because they have usually learned from their mistakes, and tend to be less sloppy. I'm sorry if you take offense, but I have had so many half-assed oil changes by dealers, oil change places, and independant repair shops, I'm a little tired of it. I'd do it myself if I had the time and the right tools (I don't have a good way to get under the car).
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I had this problem, after the first time i changed my oil...not being familiar with the car yet i guess oil from teh oil filter got somewhere on the engine. It smelled for around a week before it went away. But i mostly smelt it when i came to a stop then started off again. But no leaks and the oil pressure was fine, so give it some more time...but yeah it did linger longer than i expected.
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lol sorry if i seemed offensive just saying techs are usually busy with bigger problems then oil changes and although techs no how 2 do it better the dealerships conserve techs for more complicated things thats all i was getting at it not saying they should but thats the reasoning behind it
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Okay. Thought maybe I hit a nerve - like maybe YOU were an oil changer at a shop. Sorry if anyone on here is and doesn't like what I said. All I know is, if that were my job, I'd do the best work I could; and all too frequently when I get my car back after an oil change, it looks like they did the worst work they could.
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Hehhe i dont think i can remember the last time i paid someone to change my oil. :P
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