Cars are a foreign language to me.
May 15, 2011 10:24 AM Subscribe
What is the likelihood that my car overheating yesterday is completely unrelated to the quick lube-type service I got the day before yesterday?
posted by katybird to travel & transportation (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a 2001 Chevy Cavalier with 110k on it and terrible luck with cars. I bought this one in February and have put about 3,000 miles on it since then. It's been damn near perfect. Runs like a champ, pretty decent on gas and all. I took it to a quick lube type place on Friday, where they check various fluids and whatnot. Then my car overheated on Saturday, something it has never done before. What are the odds that the service somehow messed up my cooling system?
- The car has never had temperature problems since I've had it. It always runs pretty much exactly at the middle, except in the winter before it warmed up
- At the oil change, the guy told me he took some of the coolant out to test and it failed (whatever that means?), and it needed to be flushed/changed. I told him if this was service that could wait a month or so (budget), and he said absolutely.
- I drove about 30 miles since the oil change, before it overheated
- The car didn't lock up or sputter. I pulled over as soon as the gauge went up, and turned it off as it was reaching the red area.
The biggest reason I think it has something to do with the oil change is because I took my car to the same location (it was a different brand and had different owners/staff at the time) and the dumbshit who did my oil change forgot to replace my radiator cap and the engine cooked later that day. Color me stupid for going back to a garage that destroyed my other car, but I figured with new owners/staff and the positive feedback I'd heard about the new management, I'd give it a whirl. Lesson learned?
Anyway, what do auto-savvy type people think? Was I just on the road to being screwed and it's just coincidence? Or something else?