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Old 12-16-2003, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default Any potential damage? Ran low on oil for approx 1000 mi...

So about a month ago I took my car to the dealer for an oil change, and I brought 5 quarts of Mobil 1 oil that I always use. A few days later I notice that there is a quart of oil still inside the car, and figured that whoever did the oil change didn't notice it and just topped it off with whatever 5W-30 oil they have available at the dealer. Today, I decide to check my oil level and discover that it is just below the L (low) mark on the dipstick. I used the quart of oil that was 'leftover' from the last change to top off the oil.

Since I ran approximately 1000 miles about one quart low of oil, should I be concerned with any potential damage to internals or the turbo? Should I go as far as getting the car checked out? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-16-2003, 05:22 PM   #2
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Id bring it back to the dealer to have them deal with it.

IMO no damage should be done, but you never know, and the dealer should be held responsible.


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Old 12-16-2003, 05:40 PM   #3
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Its probably perfectly fine but I would bitch at the dealer and so you have a log of it just incase something happens in the future. I'm not saying it would be releated to this but it would be in your favor to hold it against them. Ya dig?
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Old 12-16-2003, 05:49 PM   #4
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definitly report it to the dealer. at least then, in an insurance issue for a blown engine, you have proof of a complaint. make sure you get a copy of some kind of paper work as well. BTW, I see no reason why any major damage would be caused by this but reporting it is good preventative maintainance

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Old 12-16-2003, 06:09 PM   #5
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yeah, what they said when the dipstick registers no oil at all, you have cause for concern.. However as long as the level is at least visible on the dipstick there is enough oil in circulation to keep everything protected, you just have no margin of safety if you were to lose a bit of oil. But since you noticed in time, no worries.
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:32 PM   #6
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Shame on you. I remember your post about a month ago and I thought you were advised to check your dipstick and SEE if the oil was infact filled to the full mark on the dipstick. Are you saying you waited til today to make the check??? If so , shame on you twofold: once for having someone else change your oil, twice for not double checking another persons work on YOUR car til now!!

Sorry for the scolding, but no sympathy here. I hope no damage has been done.
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:50 PM   #7
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oh god you'll be fine
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Old 12-17-2003, 12:11 AM   #8
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First tell your dealer about the situation (let them try to deny it or whatever), then send the oil away for analyses. If your results come back really bad take them back to your dealer as proof.
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Old 12-17-2003, 12:05 PM   #9
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It sounds like they didn't check the oil level after starting the car or pre-fill the filter. I'd reconsider taking my car back to that dealer if at all possible. If they forget the simple things I wonder what they'd screw up if they had their chance to get a hold of something more complicated.
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Old 12-17-2003, 04:10 PM   #10
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Did you check your oil when the engine was cold or warm? If you checked it when it was cold, then I guarantee that you have too much oil in your car! You should really learn how to do simple tasks all by yourself! 2cents
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Shame on you. I remember your post about a month ago and I thought you were advised to check your dipstick and SEE if the oil was infact filled to the full mark on the dipstick. Are you saying you waited til today to make the check??? If so , shame on you twofold: once for having someone else change your oil, twice for not double checking another persons work on YOUR car til now!!

Sorry for the scolding, but no sympathy here. I hope no damage has been done.
Yes, I did post about this a month ago about this, and yes I know I should have checked the oil after I posted but, I gave the dealer the benefit of the doubt and figured they would have topped off my oil. Wrong thing to do.

shoboy, fortunately I am intelligent enough to know that I check my oil when the car is warm, as I checked it when I got home the day of my posting this thread. I have done ALL of the work on my previous car and this car myself, and continue to do so, so I am sure I perform the easiest of tasks satisfactorily.
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Old 12-17-2003, 11:35 PM   #12
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Didn't mean to sound like an Ass! Just lookin out for ya bro
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Old 12-18-2003, 02:03 AM   #13
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If so , shame on you twofold: once for having someone else change your oil, twice for not double checking another persons work on YOUR car til now!!
There's absolutely nothing to be ashamed about for having someone else change your oil. However, I do agreee that there's fault on the owner for not checking immediately after the change and periodically after that. 1,000 miles is far too long to wait. Your should check your oil and fluids at every re-fueling. It only takes a few moments to pull the dipstick, check the brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and browse over the engine bay for possible leaks.
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Old 12-18-2003, 03:07 AM   #14
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So you checked it after you got home when the car was warm?

Did you wait 5minutes or so to let the oil drain back? If you check right after you turn the car off the oil level is almost always low because most of the oil is still coming out of the engine i would think.
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