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Old 11-12-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Fresh oil change, but no oil on dipstick. what the!

just got my oil changed at firestone because i dont have ramps or a jack low enough to get under the car. drove it all night (about 40 miles) and then started it up the next day (sunday) and it was whinning really loud, popped the hood, could hear a knocking from pass side of engine, and ticking from right side, along with the whining. no oil on dipstick, started it up after today and it wasnt really knocking or ticking as bad but still whining just not as loud, also no oil on dipstick. they should be at my house any minute to take a look at it. just thought id post this and see if theres any precautions i should take in case they did forget to put oil in it and theres damage to my motor. i really dont know how i could prove that i didnt empty it or something.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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How can you drive a car "all night" and only make it 40 miles? Maybe you were in 1st? Not shifting can definitely cause engine trouble. I'm going to guess you're not familiar with the basic steps of checking oil. Proceed as follows:

1) Wait for the oil to drain into the pan, this takes a few minutes. Checking your oil immediately after the car was running will always yield low results.

2) Make sure you are on flat and level ground.

3) Check your oil, wipe, check again.

4) Discard results, because these oil dipsticks suck

Seriously, though, immediately after a change I don't bother with the dipstick. Put in 5ish quarts of oil and call it good. If you're hearing ticking and funny noises because of your oil level, you are already in trouble.

Good luck, FWIW I say swap it
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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Get ready for a lawsuit.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Doesn't surprise me with Firestone if they didn't properly fill afterwards. Here in El Paso a co-worker had their radiator replaced and they never properly filled it back up with coolant
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Next time get the ramps or whatever you need and do it yourself. It takes me literally ten minutes and I know its done right!
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:40 AM   #6
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Sooo what did they say?
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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basically bull ****ted me. they came over and topped it off, turbo was whining because it was barely getting any oil if any, i still dont understand the ticks/knocks i havnt heard them since that first night i noticed. only thing i hear now is when i rev it up and let off theres a clak clak clah sound from lower end of block?. not too noticeable but damn. bearings? i dont know if its from the lack of oil or if it had heavier oil in it before. i guess i should just save for a new motor. just picked the rig up two weeks ago. lol
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #8
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i dont think im gonna take the time and money to get a lawyer. i dont see how i could prove anything. tuff luck. maybe ill burn there building down.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:00 AM   #9
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I am sorry to hear this man, it sux big time. I do most of the work on the car myself and if I really have to have anybody else work on it I am watching the guy every second while he is working on my car to make sure everything is ok. I know it's annoying for them but I can sleep at night knowing that my car is ok.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:13 PM   #10
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Sorry to say but if u drove it without oil once it is already shot. Just put a new short block in mine with all the other stuff u need when doing a job like this, clutch, valve adjust, all gaskets, timeing belt, all pullies, over 4k in parts and labor, and that was with price breaks from friends! These guys tried to cover their asses by filling it! Now it is your word against theirs. Never leave a place without checking fluid levels!!!! Super expensive lesson! Sorry dude, that's why most people learn to work on their own stuff! I have been driving for over. 20 years and have never paid anyone to change my oil! My car is lowerd and I get my jack under it. And put jack stands!
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:08 PM   #11
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I hate changing my oil in the winter, so I just buy the oil and filter and take it into a Subie dealer I trust and have them do it. Because I bring in the oil and filter, they only charge me like $12.50 and done...
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