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Old 08-26-2003, 10:03 AM   #1
Mike Smith
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Question Dumb question about oil changing

Once upon a time, I always changed my own oil. I'm fully capable of the task. However, a looong time ago, I was changing the oil on a car for the first time, and I confused the oil pan drain with the transmission oil drain. After unknowingly draining the tranny, I proceeded to fill (over-fill) the engine oil. Next day I went to a Solo 2 and the excess oil pressure during a run caused the extra oil to blow through the PCV valve into the carb, causing a HUGE cloud of smoke out the exhaust. I then drove home and noticed a little extra gear whine from the tranny. At that point I realized what I had done. After refilling the tranny everything was fine - no harm done. However I've been a little gun shy about doing my own oil again - that and having the quick lube places do it for $20 makes changing my own oil less attractive.

However, now that I use Amsoil and get my oil mail-order, it makes sense for me to go back to doing it myself. Am I correct in thinking the drain on the bottom of the passenger side of the 2.5 engine is the crankcase oil drain? If someone has a pic, I'd feel even better. Thanks.

BTW, anyone who wants to make light of my little adventure, feel free. My wife - who witnessed the whole thing, still reminds me of it from time to time. And a few Solo people who are old enough to remember also bring up the occasion - it's a bit of Glen Region SCCA lore. In fact, when I'm lying under the car next weekend, changing the oil, I fully expect my wife to remind me SEVERAL times of my shady history. It's one of the joys of marrige.
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Old 08-26-2003, 11:23 AM   #2
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Am I correct in thinking the drain on the bottom of the passenger side of the 2.5 engine is the crankcase oil drain? If someone has a pic, I'd feel even better. Thanks.
Yes, that's the correct spot. Shouldn't there be a picture of this in your owner's manual? I'm pretty sure mine shows it.
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Old 08-26-2003, 12:03 PM   #3
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Yes, that's the correct spot. Shouldn't there be a picture of this in your owner's manual? I'm pretty sure mine shows it.
Actually, I didn't look, because I've had so many manuals that don't show it, they just say "get your oil changed by a qualified service representitive".
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Old 08-27-2003, 06:48 PM   #4
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Don't feel bad. In the beginning I drained the oil on a car once and forgot to put the plug back in. I had the 4 quart fill can already full and proceeded to fill the engine. I walked away for a moment then came back and checked the oil level. No oil on the stick!

I never considered to check the drain plug and thought maybe I didn't fill the can with enough oil so I filled the engine again but with 2 quarts, walked away and came back. Still no oil on the stick. Some one across the alley yelled out that I have a massive oil leak. I looked and sure enough there's a river of oil that wound its way towards the back of the car and along the fence and I never saw it.

That was a major embarassment and I always remembered to put the drain plug back in and never walked away from the car with a job half done again.
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Old 08-27-2003, 07:38 PM   #5
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thng: I had that happen. Luckily I can blame it on my buddy who didnt know what I meant when I said "put the plug back"
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Old 08-29-2003, 05:02 PM   #6
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Besides being on the tranny instead of the engine, the tranny plug on my 01 is 21 mm. Much bigger that the engine oil plug.
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Old 09-06-2003, 03:15 PM   #7
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Besides being on the tranny instead of the engine, the tranny plug on my 01 is 21 mm. Much bigger that the engine oil plug.
This was a Fiat, and the tranny plug was a standard hex nut, while the crankcase plug was a big allen head bolt. It never occured to me that they would use the allen for the crankcase - I figured it would be the other way around. Italians!
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