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Old 20 Oct 2004, 11:00 pm   #1 (permalink)
Kain0o0
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So i just moved to cincinnati ohio. I decided to take my car for an oil
change , and pressed on time walmart was the closest place. Since i couldnt
do it myself(new apt building rules) i figured $19 wouldnt kill me.

I drop my car off and stroll around wallmart for no more than 10 min. I
heard my name on the loudspeaker and went to get my car. I had payed $4
extra for "premium" service in which they check all your oils , top them off
and vacuum your interior.
Interior wasnt vacuumed and i thought long and hard about how they managed
to do all that in 10 min.

I drive my car a block away and i see smoke coming from under my hood, i
pull over and pop the hood. Antifreeze/coolant is spraying all over the
place . Hose connecting to my radiator had 2 small holes in it .

Took it back to wallmart , they said it wasnt their responsibility and told
me to go home.

Stopped at pep-boys , got a hose and some clamps and fixed it for $20.

Thats my horror story at walmart. I dont know if i have any legal rights in
that matter . I would love to kick someones ass but alas assualt charges
loom .


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Old 21 Oct 2004, 07:44 am   #2 (permalink)
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They probably punctured the hose while
doing it. You should write a letter to
Walmart with your complaint and a copy
of your hose receipt. Send a copy to the
store manager as well. Then find out who
has a good independant mechanic in the
area.
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Old 21 Oct 2004, 08:11 am   #3 (permalink)
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I went there and they strip my oil pan plug. I spent over $200 to fix
it cos they put a larger plug in there and destroyed the original
thread on the pan.
Long story short, I was pissed and spent money to fix their prob.
That is the last time i am going in there with my car. Just too much
hassle to take them to court. U might want to try a small claims
court.



"Kain0o0" <Kain0o0@Kain.com> wrote in message news:<ivGdd.5949$5v2.3594@fe2.columbus.rr.com>...
> So i just moved to cincinnati ohio. I decided to take my car for an oil
> change , and pressed on time walmart was the closest place. Since i couldnt
> do it myself(new apt building rules) i figured $19 wouldnt kill me.
>
> I drop my car off and stroll around wallmart for no more than 10 min. I
> heard my name on the loudspeaker and went to get my car. I had payed $4
> extra for "premium" service in which they check all your oils , top them off
> and vacuum your interior.
> Interior wasnt vacuumed and i thought long and hard about how they managed
> to do all that in 10 min.
>
> I drive my car a block away and i see smoke coming from under my hood, i
> pull over and pop the hood. Antifreeze/coolant is spraying all over the
> place . Hose connecting to my radiator had 2 small holes in it .
>
> Took it back to wallmart , they said it wasnt their responsibility and told
> me to go home.
>
> Stopped at pep-boys , got a hose and some clamps and fixed it for $20.
>
> Thats my horror story at walmart. I dont know if i have any legal rights in
> that matter . I would love to kick someones ass but alas assualt charges
> loom .

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Old 21 Oct 2004, 11:48 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Kain0o0" <Kain0o0@Kain.com> wrote in message news:<ivGdd.5949$5v2.3594@fe2.columbus.rr.com>...
> Hose connecting to my radiator had 2 small holes in it .
>
> Stopped at pep-boys , got a hose and some clamps and fixed it for $20.


Just my opinion, but if you want to keep the car, I'd get the dealer
hose and dealer clamps. Work better, and last much, much longer.
Consider the $20 at Pep Boys the cost of emergency road service until
you could get the proper parts installed.
BTW, if they added coolant at Pep Boys, you'll need to replace that
also with Toyota red and distilled water to avoid problems over the
long term.
Funny, but it sounded like trouble to me as soon as I read the heading
of your post.
Again, just my opinion, but I'd be looking for another apartment. I
don't trust anyone as much as I trust myself doing maintenance and
repairs on the car.
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Old 21 Oct 2004, 08:06 pm   #5 (permalink)
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So drive somewhere and change the oil. No need to do it at the apartment.


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Old 21 Oct 2004, 11:48 pm   #6 (permalink)
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THats true ,

Having just moved here and all i just didnt want to spend the time.
My car has green antifreeze in it right now , is it absolutly neccessary to
change it to red.
How do i flush the radiator to get the coolant out , anyone has any
instructions.
Ive been meaning to change the spark plugs too and was wondering if i have
to change the wired , if i have to then how hard is it.
BTW i drive a 95 toyota camry with 120K miles on it
"Pat" <dancing@onlinemac.removecom> wrote in message
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> So drive somewhere and change the oil. No need to do it at the apartment.
>



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Old 22 Oct 2004, 10:35 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 04:48:50 GMT, "Kain0o0" <Kain0o0@Kain.com> wrote:

>THats true ,
>
>Having just moved here and all i just didnt want to spend the time.
>My car has green antifreeze in it right now , is it absolutly neccessary to
>change it to red.
>How do i flush the radiator to get the coolant out , anyone has any
>instructions.
>Ive been meaning to change the spark plugs too and was wondering if i have
>to change the wired , if i have to then how hard is it.
>BTW i drive a 95 toyota camry with 120K miles on it
>"Pat" <dancing@onlinemac.removecom> wrote in message
>news:10ngn9aq1qk55b4@corp.supernews.com...
>> So drive somewhere and change the oil. No need to do it at the apartment.
>>

>

Absolutely yes -- it must be changed!!! That green coolant causes
build up. Change it as soon as you can to the factory red coolant.
Those actually can be left on for years in your car and not have build
up.

Changing instructions:
1) Radiators have a butterfly nut drain at the bottom. They're
normally plastic. Run you car until it gets up to operating
temperature.
2) Make sure to turn your heater on.
3) Park your car while leaving the ventilation temperature on the hot
setting.
4) Let the engine get cold.
5) When the engine is cold, remove your radiator cap and turn the
butterfly nut open. That should drain most of it.
6) If possible, try to remove your reservoir bottle to drain that as
well.
7) Tighten the drain nut and replace the fluid with a 50/50 mix.
Fill your radiator to the top and put on your radiator cap. Fill your
resevoir as well.
8) Run the car again to optimal temperature.
9) Turn your heater on.
10) Turn the car off.
11) Check if you're low on coolant again through your resevoir. DO
NOT OPEN YOUR RADIATOR CAP WHEN THE ENGINE IS HOT!
12) Refill the resevoir if necessary. You can wait until the engine
is cold again if you'd prefer to check and refill through your
radiator.

Have fun and be safe doing it.
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Old 22 Oct 2004, 06:21 pm   #8 (permalink)
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> 5) When the engine is cold, remove your radiator cap and turn the
> butterfly nut open. That should drain most of it.


Block will likley have a drain too... found the block drain at the front of
the '02 I4 engine not too far from the rad drain
That way you will get almost all

If not well maintained, it will be worth running water through the block
till it runs clear....

> 6) If possible, try to remove your reservoir bottle to drain that as
> well.


Usually just pops off. easy to clean



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Old 23 Oct 2004, 04:31 am   #9 (permalink)
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Daniel M. Dreifus wrote:
|| "Kain0o0" <Kain0o0@Kain.com> wrote in message
|| news:<ivGdd.5949$5v2.3594@fe2.columbus.rr.com>...
||| Hose connecting to my radiator had 2 small holes in it .
|||
||| Stopped at pep-boys , got a hose and some clamps and fixed it for
||| $20.
||
|| Just my opinion, but if you want to keep the car, I'd get the dealer
|| hose and dealer clamps. Work better, and last much, much longer.
|| Consider the $20 at Pep Boys the cost of emergency road service until
|| you could get the proper parts installed.
|| BTW, if they added coolant at Pep Boys, you'll need to replace that
|| also with Toyota red and distilled water to avoid problems over the
|| long term.
|| Funny, but it sounded like trouble to me as soon as I read the
|| heading
|| of your post.
|| Again, just my opinion, but I'd be looking for another apartment. I
|| don't trust anyone as much as I trust myself doing maintenance and
|| repairs on the car.

Only slumlords allow oil changes to be done in parking lots. Parking lots
are for PARKING, not automotive maintenance. How declasse.



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Old 07 Nov 2004, 01:00 am   #10 (permalink)
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>
> I drive my car a block away and i see smoke coming from under my hood, i
> pull over and pop the hood. Antifreeze/coolant is spraying all over the
> place . Hose connecting to my radiator had 2 small holes in it .
>
> Took it back to wallmart , they said it wasnt their responsibility and
> told me to go home.
>

What makes you think they caused the holes in your radiator hose when
changing the oil in your car?

Don


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