Last evening, as I was driving home from work, I get a call from my wife. As soon as I answered the phone and heard her voice, I knew something was wrong. She was on her way down to our friends sanctuary, when she heard a loud "bang" and saw something fly off behind her car. The next thing, she sees the oil light and check engine light come on and the car starts shaking and smoking. She immediately pulls off the side of the road (this was on the interstate) and shuts off the car. I at first thought she may have hit something, but that is not the case. When I arrived on scene, the first thing I did was check the oil. To my surprise, there was no oil. Upon further inspection, I told her that her car was now dead, because there was a nice sized hole in the side of the engine block. Yep, the engine through a rod. How could this happen? Well, just 3 days ago, my wife had her car in the shop for an oil change. When the tow arrived on scene, I inspected the oil pan to see if there was any damage. No damage, but something was missing. The darn OIL DRAIN PLUG!! How it fell out, I have no clue. The shop must not have tightened it. So, now my wife is without a car for a moment until we figure out what to do. The car is back at the shop, but they can't "fix" the damage. They will have to replace the engine. I just hope we don't have to go through a whole lot of garbage to get this fixed. It's not our fault, we keep up with the maintenance on our cars. I am not mad at the shop yet, because mistakes do happen. But I am just waiting for them to say well, what do you want US to do about it?? Then I will get mad. I feel they need to replace the engine in my wife's car.
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2/28/09 at 10:15am