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March 02, 2006

Quickchange

I'm seem to keep running into issues with quick oil changes. Most of the time this simple procedure is done quickly, efficiently and without incident. But several times there are incidents which drive me away from a return visit. I had been visiting Superlube, but a couple incidents on back to back visits drove me to the dealer, that worked fine. New car and new dealer, they don't have hours which accommodate me (10-12am and 1-3pm weekdays, booked weeks in advance on weekends). So I tried Great Canadian Oil change, which seems to be an off shoot of Petro Canada. The first few visits went ok. The last visit went awry. The oil change mechanic mentions that my coolant is low. I think that is rather fishy on a year old car and take it as a note. I look at it and in fact it is low with a large wet path of coolant from the radiator cap down. I watched it for a few days and its not leaking. My guess is that the oil change jock opened the cap to test the coolant and left it open while the car was running. In the end, I'm out $25 for replacement coolant and some anxious days figuring if my car is broken or not.

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