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#1309 of 2065 Too much oil
Feb 28, 2002 (9:09 am)
I brought my 2001 Sentra 1.8 GXE to the Nissan dealership last month for an oil change and they put about a quart and a half too much oil in the car. I didn't notice this until 1500 miles later when I checked to see if I need oil. I didn't drive it too hard or often, but I know I hit 80 MPH on the highway a couple times. What damage can this cause if any? Should I be more upset with the dealer? I'm bringing the car back tomorrow.
Feb 28, 2002 (10:00 pm)
The most it could cause is leaks on such a new car. Had it been older, a lot more could have gone wrong. I bought a 91 Stanza with 134k on it a little over a year ago. I had the oil changed the day I bought it. I got on the highway to see how it ran and got it up to 80 and when I got off, the lifters were making all sorts of racket. The engine tapped loudly and sounded like a diesel, which freaked me out because I thought I bought a lemon. I stopped the car and checked the oil and it appeared to be fine. I took it home and let it sit for a half hour and then rechecked the oil. It turns out the quick lube joint had overfilled the engine by at least a quart! I drained out the extra quart and after about 5 minutes idling, the lifters stopped tapping. However, running at such high speeds with so much oil damaged the valve guide seals and caused a horrific oil burning problem (burned a quart every 400 miles). One of the hydraulic lifters was also permanently damaged and would tap unless I put thick oil and oil additives in. Had I not noticed the overfill, it would have eventually blown out the seals in the engine and probably destroyed it. I normally change the oil myself and the one time I decided to trust a quick lube joint and they ended up damaging my engine. That is the LAST time I will ever trust one of those places. Lesson learned: Always check your oil as soon as you get home if you don't do it yourself and always allow 10 minutes or so before checking to get an accurate reading. Never assume they know what they are doing and filled it properly. If I were you, carterf, I would make sure the dealer knows its mistake, so that hopefully they avoid any future mistakes.
Mar 01, 2002 (9:52 am)
People laugh at me for changing my own oil. Just another horror story from the quick change places. I knew a woman who seized her motor because the quick change place didn't tighten the drain plug.
#1312 of 2065 oil change
Mar 03, 2002 (4:38 pm)
Hi everyone. Since we are on the subject of oil change. When is it recommended to get your first oil change or I should say at what mileage.
#1313 of 2065 too much oil
Mar 04, 2002 (12:54 pm)
That's a nasty oil change story lngtonge18. I had an old 1979 Malibu that had leaking valves so I had to change the spark plugs every 2 ½ weeks to keep it running. Then the brakes went so I gave the car away. Anyway, NISSAN "looked" at my car, and said everything was fine. They let out some oil and parked the car out back under a tree full of birds. When I came to pick the car up at the dealership there was about 65 bird craps all over the car. I was like "your gonna clean that off, right?" They did.
#1314 of 2065 carterf and sksk8r
Mar 04, 2002 (2:35 pm)
carterf: Find another Nissan dealership! Don't give them any more of your business. Overfilling your oil that much was serious and unforgivable. If there isn't another Nissan dealership in your area, find a reputable independent service place. If you haven't already, I'd consider writing to Nissan Corp. to complain about the dealership. Also, let the dealership know that you'll tell others about your bad experience there. Word of mouth is the best weapon consumers have against bad service.
sksk8r: You'll get many different answers on your oil change question. Some are advocates of early oil changes after break-in. But with modern engines and oils, I wouldn't worry about it until at least 3,000 miles. I waited until 3,750 (shame on me). The manual probably says 7,500, but you won't find many people in the Town Hall who'd wait that long.
Mar 05, 2002 (11:37 am)
kstephan, I was pissed and I will be changing my own oil now that spring/summer is getting here. By the way everyone, the NISSAN dealership I went to was Cambridge NISSAN in Boston. I hope they read this. If they don't, they can read the letter I send the company about them.
#1318 of 2065 A quiet topic
Mar 09, 2002 (12:45 pm)
Either this car doesn't sell much or its owners are a contented lot. Dunno which. Anyways, we just got an '02 GXE, auto tranny, and it's the solid commuter car we thought it would be. Feels really tight and quiet on the highway at 75-80, getting 30 mpg.