This is a 99 Olds 88 with a V6 3800 series II in it.
Backstory: I’m a female that majored in automotive about ten years ago, I went for my own knowledge because I was appalled that I paid $500 to watch a man swap a water pump in 15 minutes. That being said, if I choose to take my car to a shop (rarely) I often end up irate because they tell me things that are so ridiculous, i feel insulted. For example: recently a mechanic tried to tell me “the ignition coils exploded, and a pin shot out of them and impaled the PCM! Shot right through it!” I also have red hair and a short temper, but that’s a story for a different day.
This time I sent my boyfriend to get tires about 4 weeks ago. He thought he was doing me a favor getting the oil changed. I didn’t know the oil was changed until two days ago. Usually I do it, and maintain it so I didn’t think to check it when it randomly started running like crap. Keep in mind it’s Ohio. It’s cold wet and gross outside 90% of the time and I don’t have a garage or anything, so I typically take care of everything in November, so I can make it to February and avoid the -30 temps.
The car started fighting me on acceleration first, and running slightly rough as if maybe it had a misfire. I checked for spark on the entire ignition system, compression, fuel pressure, scanned for codes. Got a generic misfire. I was going nuts. In hindsight, I don’t know how or why during all of this, I didn’t check the oil simply because I was already standing there.
It is running much worse now, hestitating, skipping, and idling like hell, as if it wants to stall. The worst part is trying to accelerate. At first, if I lightly and gradually pushed the gas it would go, but if you pushed it too quickly, it wouldn’t. So there was a good chance of being t-boned making a left hand turn.
THankfully this is not the primary vehicle. It hasn’t been driven that much, the Lincoln my boyfriend typically drives, is the one with the “exploded coils,” i made them give it back. The insurance would only pay to tow to the closest shop which was a stealership, who wanted $3,000 for a PCM, coils & spark plugs. I got the parts for $350, pcm is pre programmed, I’ll have to program the keys but that’s not too bad. Sorry, got sidetracked.
The Olds is being driven more because the Lincoln is gone. This car is imaculant. It’s like my toy car, I grew up driving a 95 regal with a 3800 in it. I learned how to work on cars with it. I had to say goodbye when all the electrical dry rotted, but it had a good life and lived to 273,000 miles never once leaving me stranded. So this Oldsmobile is my baby.
I don’t like people touching it. Hence why I didn’t know about the oil change.
The company that did it is going to lie their asses off.
The oil is NOT frothy. Not watery, or milky, burnt smelling, or any other abnormality. It’s just dirty. Way too dirty for being 4 weeks old which is why I’m thinking they forgot to drain it, or maybe someone thought someone else drained it and refilled it. That would explain why it has exactly double the oil. According to the dip stick it has 9 quarts of oil in it with a capacity of 4.5 for an oil change.
I know that in this situation they would deny it regardless. It snowed today so I’m taking it to the closest place nearby to change the oil again. Luckily I know the owner of that shop. Being a woman I think they’re going to give me an even harder time.
That being said, if and when my engine takes a crap 2 months from now, I need a way to prove this somehow. The place I’m going today, knows the situation so they know to document it well, but I have no issue taking the tire place to court if need be.
Those engines have a sensitive intake gasket as it is.
That’s probably one of the easier to change but that’s besides the point. I know that mistakes happen, but this is a pretty damn big one, and that company can def afford to pay for an engine if need be. I have the paperwork to prove I’m educated in the automotive field and would never ever overfill it on my own.