Tag Archives: Oil change

Overtightened Drain Plug

Sometimes it seems like the last person to do an oil change must have used their full weight on a breaker bar to tighten the drain plug.

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My Car: Pre-Road Trip Work

I’m heading out on a road trip today, so over the last couple weeks I’ve gotten some work done on my car to get it ready.

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Self-Destructing Camshaft

I had a 2001 Nissan Altima in for an oil change, and I noticed a noise coming from the engine. It was little bit like a rod knock, but higher pitched and higher up in the engine.

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Pet Peeve: Messy Oil Changes

One of my frequent pet peeves is when the design of a car makes every oil change messy. Often times it’s the placement of the oil filter. Sometimes it’s just on the side of the engine, causing oil to run … Continue reading

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Bad Dipstick Location

In yet another edition of “what was the engineer thinking?” we have an example from Ford.

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Subaru Oil Filter

There are a lot of times that a mechanic has to wonder what the engineers that designed the car were thinking. Bolts barely accessible with any wrench, parts in odd places, etc.

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