Oil Change Error - Advice needed

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  1. superbeegugs

    superbeegugs Gold Member

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    Since my dealer is so far away, I had my oil changed (1st time) at local Mobil Station - who I am friendly with.
    They pulled up the instructions and apparently did not read hem.

    It clearly says to drain the oil from 2 places, one being the oil cooler. With a note saying "failure to drain the cooler may result in over pressure and foaming". He forgot to drain the cooler. I read this after he was done and told him - he was dismayed and admitted he screwed up.

    So what now, I can't make him re-do the entire oil change. He said the cooler only holds 1/2 QT it shouldn't make a difference.

    What do you think???
     
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    hemiguy Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    For safety sake I would do a COMPLETE oil change including cooler and filter. Small price to pay for security don't you think?
     
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    Make them do it again,, is your car,, if you have a warranty issue they may try and hold this over your head...I'm sure they didn't write the instructions to drain the oil cooler if it wasn't necessary..it's kinda like changing the oil and not doing the filter,, just don't do it
     
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    The amount of oil that comes out of the cooler plug has been reported to be a few ounces to a half cup. My personal opinion is that you will be ok, maybe change oil a little sooner than later next time.
    BTW, they probably chose not to do it as the front cover has 20+ fasteners and it is necessary to remove to get to the cooler plug.
     
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    If it was my car,,I would have then redo it.....plus never take your car to goofy lube for an oil change....I did that once on a lease and they put washer fluid in the coolant over flow
     
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    over pressure from too much oil? I dont think so and foaming ONLY happens IF they managed to over fill the motor with so much oil that the crank is so close to the oil in the pan as the motors running as to whip it into a nice frosty foamy mess. And that isnt going to happen because they forgot to drain the cooler. there isnt enough oil in there to matter.

    just remove the plug and dump a 1/2 qt if youre worried
     
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    What about all the contamination from engine break in,, the op said it was his first oil change...
     
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    You will be fine. The minimal amount of oil in the cooler won't make a difference. That warning is only meant to avoid overfilling. My Shelby had an oil cooler and it didn't have a drain plug. I don't intend on emptying mine either. Check your levels and drain a few ounces if needed.
     
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    Did you get what you paid for? You paid for a full oil change, you recieved a partial oil change. Case closed, make him redo it.
     
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    Change your own oil!
     
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    The oil filter is there to remove micron level contaminants. Worse case, he's mixing a few ounces of dirty oil with 6 quarts of fresh. It'll be ok.
     
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    Despite SRT/Dodge's recommendation, I don't think they ever intended for owners to drain the cooler. Three robust mounting fasteners for the rear cover, and multiple (over 20) push pins and screws in the front cover. Covering their ass. Again, my personal opinion.
     
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    Plus that cooler drain plug is on an unsupported aluminum tube. If you don't do it correctly it will break. Not worth the effort for a few ounces of oil IMO.
     
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    You asked and looks like you are receiving lots of opinions...

    BUT,
    You know the mileage on your vehicle
    You know your driving habits
    You made the decision to use this shop
    You had the discussion with the shop before and after the work
    You know what oil change schedule you want to maintain for your HC.

    There is only one opinion that matters here...YOURS!

    What you do know is...
    this was the first oil change
    the oil change was not done IAW FCA guidelines
    there was excess contaminated oil (chemical and metal contaminents) left in the system when the oil change was done

    You'll have to weigh what you know, with the first hand information that only you have and make a decision because you're the one that has to live with it.

    Good luck!
     
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    I would agree with you if the residual was a full quart or two. We're talking a few ounces here. Even draining the cooler you will never get all the residual oil out.
     
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