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i went to pepboys for an oil change (been a while,too-keep having to put it off) I'm thinking $22.00 bucks not bad,right? well they come out with the oil plug with half the threads of the aluminum oil pan still wrapped around the plugs threads! apparently the last oil change mech put the plug in cocked and just wrenched it on stripping it to hell! they have to take the oil pan off$$ drill and heliocoil a new thread into the bottom and place an oversized plug$$ replace the pan gasket(only available from the dealer) and is going to cost me $200
how do I get revenge...i mean re-embursed by jiffy lube?
 

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Sorry to hear your troubles - I had the same experience with my 98 trep. My neighbor is a Chrysler mechanic and he says it's a common problem because of the all-aluminum engine. The jiffy lube guys just wrench those things on without following the torque limits. I was able to fix mine with an oversized plug but it's not a permanent fix. :(
You might just want to get a whole new pan. According to my neighbor, it costs the same as you are paying: $200.

[ November 26, 2001: Message edited by: defTrep98 ]
 

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do you think I'll have to buy a new oil pan eventually? :confused:
 

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most of the time, on aircraft, a heliocoil along w/ an oversized plug to fit into the hole you just created IS a permanent fix (as long as the job is done right)--By the way I'm stuck in Virginia Beach and I have to be back on base (600 miles away) by 3:00EST tuesday!!!!!!
 

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Several years back, Jiffy Lube stripped an air cleaner assembly bolt. Still worked OK since it was only 1 of the 3 bolts (it was on my girlfriend's Nissan). They said they would replace it. They wouldn't buy a new one for $300. They instead looked in wrecking yards. Never found one. I gave up harrassing them and never went there again. The car is long since been sold anyway. I hate Jiffy Lube. I only change oil myself now.
 

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Another reason I'd rather do it my self or take it to the dealer. My best friend had a sweet Mustang LX 5.0. He had done quite a few things to the motor, tranny, wheels, tires, etc. He always took it to the dealer for servicing except for one day. He took it to one of these "Jiffy Lube" places (has since closed down). They never do just an oil change, they try to sell you air cleaners, windshield wipers,transmission lube, chassis lube and all that other stuff. The "technician" (using the term loosely) brought in the plug for the rear differential and asked him if he wanted it changed?

Well my friend said no he'd have the dealer look at it. Half hour later we were on our way. Sometme later that day or the next something wasn't right on car. He had it towed to the dealer and found that there was no plug and he needed to have the rearend rebuilt.

And of course the oil changing place denied they had anything to do with it. He had to sue them in court and he eventually won. I have never set foot in one of those places again.

[ November 26, 2001: Message edited by: bigdaddy ]
 

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I agree with big daddy i all ways change my own oil,cheaper too. I would take it back to the Mech who ****ed it up and have them pay for it. If they do`nt tell them you will go to the papers and TV news a tell them your story. They fear bad press.
 

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2 stories about Jiffy Lube--1

A female co-worker of mine had her Toyota Corolla serviced and the idiots didn't put the oil cap back on. The result was oil everywhere and thankfully she didn't lose motor.

A male friend of mine had the 4 banger Mustang in 87 and the idiot at Jiffy Lube thought it was a 5.0 and put in an extra quart and half of oil amd failed to check the dipstick. He got 1 mile down the road and blue smoke started pouring out the back of the car. He was ticked.

These are the reasons I take mine to the dealer.
 

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he mistook a 4 banger for a 5.0??? jesus...

my story is from a place called Grease Monkey, the same type of joint. they left the cap off my coolant reservoir, resulting in a blown thermostat and a flush and fill. luckily i got them to eat the cost. they tried to tell me that they'd do the repairs but i said "to hell with that, you guys can't even check the coolant without screwing up" and took it to the dealer. total price for parts and labor was (i love this) $160!!! i'm changin my own oil from now on.
 

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ok - it finally cost just $67 they didn't have to replace the oil pan gasket so 1/2 labor for taking the pan off(oh well) just oil change and cost for an oversized oil plug seemed to fix it-for now-
I'll be looking into buying a new oil pan soon just in case! can I go to a junk yard for something like that?Or am I better off going to a dodge place?
 

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I wouldn't get a pan at a junkyard - you don't know how many Jiffy Lubers have gotten their hands on it in its lifetime!!! My neighbor the Chrysler dealer said the problem is so bad they had to put a sign out front. People would bring their car in to him after several oil changes at Jiffy Lube, then blame him for the plug falling off in his hands. He says they always keep a large stock of oil pans on hand. It's ashame they are so fragile.
 

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anywhere from 10-25 bucks i have seen.
 

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Imagine that. Save your money and do it yourself for $10.
 

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I live on OTIS ANG Base falmouth/sandwich area--familiar? I'm in the coast guard and fix Falcon jets here at the AirSta. if you're from plymouth I'm sure you've seen us flying overhead. :rolleyes:
 

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small world-huh? and Viprman is from Mukwanago,WI- my grand-mother lives there, I was supposed to visit for X-mas but it fell through. happen to know where Red Brae drive is Viprman? :eek:
 

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Actually Dcrepid - I know the area quite well. Small world, no doubt! I worked on Otis for three summers while in college. I also wrote a brief history of the 102d for my Masters'.

My father just retired from MA ANG as a Smsgt. with the 102d. He spent almost 30 years there, as a crew chief, flight engineer, and then with CE, so as you can imagine I spent a lot of time on Otis. One of my favorite places still. I love just watching the planes and choppers. Good four-wheeling areas around there, too.

Are you native to the area?

Good to know you!

Vin
 

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as a matter of fact, I did spend 3 years in Harwich when I was 9-12. It was great to be back "home" after 10 years- I was able to show my wife where I went to school and the like. It sucked when I moved to Virginia (I'm not a redneck, but I do say y'all and my r's). E-mail if you don't think it's too wierd. wicked cool!
 
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