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johnhicks
Explorer
Explorer
I had a shop in Foley Al. change the oil and filters. It was expected that they'd use their filters, double the price of Fleetguard filters. An additional $70 to install their double-priced air filter was surprising, but that's a real pain to do.

The real kicker, though, was that the oil sump drain plug was only finger-tight, or finger-loose, and had backed out about halfway to falling out. That I always take a peek to see what's leaking today saved us.

Always, always go behind service people and check things.
-jbh-
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wowens79
Explorer III
Explorer III
My neighbor has had the Toyota dealer forget to put oil in his truck twice in 2 years.
Crazy how sloppy people can be.
My son worked last summer at a local independent shop we use, and they have 2 guys on the car, and both have to sign off that they checked the oil level before it is cranked.
2022 Ford F-350 7.3l
2002 Chevy Silverado 1500HD 6.0l 268k miles (retired)
2016 Heritage Glen 29BH
2003 Flagstaff 228D Pop Up

Stim
Explorer
Explorer
Mechanic (?) probably got a text on their phone and forgot what they were doing.
Everywhere I go I see people on the clock looking at their phone or on it.

rgatijnet1
Explorer III
Explorer III
Not to demean anyone that is working hard but stuff like oil changes are usually delegated to a junior mechanic. Now you may have one that is trying to do his best to get promoted or you may get one that is at the bottom of the pecking order because that is where he belongs. It is always a **** shoot.

BarabooBob
Explorer III
Explorer III
I always check my oil level before leaving the parking lot of my local Ford dealer after they change my oil. I pay them to change it because it is a pain in the butt to get at the filter on my truck while laying on the ground. I also check for drips on the ground and oil level again about 20 miles down the road.
Bob & Dawn Married 34 years
2017 Viking 17RD
2011 Ford F150 3.5L Ecoboost 420 lb/ft
Retired

JRscooby
Explorer II
Explorer II
Onyrlef wrote:


It's not always that they're necessarily stupid, they're likely being pressured by their supervisors who are being pressured by their superiors and on up the food chain to produce, produce, produce. It's a numbers racket, the kid under their draining your oil pan is being told he has x amount of minutes to get the job done, otherwise he's out the door.


I can't stand under why people think this is a new thing.

Onyrlef
Explorer
Explorer
HHg in Austin wrote:
supercub wrote:
I'm sorry to say, that anytime I have a vehicle worked on anymore, I want to watch what's going on.


For many years…if a lube shop wouldn’t let me watch, I’d leave and go elsewhere! Can’t tell you how many stupid people are employed in those types of establishments.


It's not always that they're necessarily stupid, they're likely being pressured by their supervisors who are being pressured by their superiors and on up the food chain to produce, produce, produce. It's a numbers racket, the kid under their draining your oil pan is being told he has x amount of minutes to get the job done, otherwise he's out the door.

HHg_in_Austin
Explorer
Explorer
supercub wrote:
I'm sorry to say, that anytime I have a vehicle worked on anymore, I want to watch what's going on.


For many years…if a lube shop wouldn’t let me watch, I’d leave and go elsewhere! Can’t tell you how many stupid people are employed in those types of establishments.
HHg in Austin
2013 Tiffin Phaeton 40-QBH
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Toad

Matt_Colie
Explorer
Explorer
I hate working on cars, tractors and other greasy things. But, I do all the work on any of mine that need anything for just this reason.
At times I have hired a tradesman to do things, I always tell them to do the job as if they were doing for themselves, and if this involves extra cost, tell me because I will probably want to buy it. So, then after the job is long done and I have to go and repair it again, I still find out that this guy cheaped on a part and that is why it needs attention -
AGAIN!!
Matt_C
Matt & Mary Colie
A sailor, his bride and their black dogs (one dear dog is waiting for us at the bridge) going to see some dry places that have Geocaches in a coach made the year we married.

dhull
Explorer II
Explorer II
Chevy dealer put 8 quarts oil in my silverado where it is supposed to have only 6. It took me a couple months to realize it. Didn't think I needed check dipstick myself. Live and learn. Hey they are selling oil after all!

supercub
Explorer
Explorer
I'm sorry to say, that anytime I have a vehicle worked on anymore, I want to watch what's going on.

LadyRVer
Explorer
Explorer
So sad on the quality of today's workmanship. Glad you were able to catch the bad error.

I had a new Chev 2500 pickup and took it to a local dealer (where I purchased the truck) to have an oil change. I waited for it. About an hour after I got home I noticed oil on the concrete driveway. Took it back and it turned out the mechanic had filled it twice with oil. I was not happy. Fortunately nothing bad happened from it.

Pays to check behind them.

JRscooby
Explorer II
Explorer II
That was one reason I used Speedco, if due and not close to home. They would check levels in transmissions and rear ends. Then they insisted driver watch while they torqued drain plug and level plugs.