Toyota Dealer service

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:19
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A customer of mine told me today she had her 2 year old Toyota Hiace serviced at the local Toyota dealer about 6 months ago. Driving home,which is only about 4 kms, she noticed a red light on the dash. Now most of us would stop and check it but she thought it was a door warning light that was faulty.
When she took it back to them next day a quick check found "guess what". Yep you guessed it. NO OIL!!
They apologised and filled it and sent her on her way and it has gone ok since.
I guess it proves 3 things.
1) Modern engines are very tolerant of low or no oil.
2) Modern oils are very clingy.
3) Don"t trust big dealers.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:35

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:35
Gday Ian,
I wonder how much wear in caused though?

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:52

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:52
G/Day Ian, ...I'd go along with ..(.3)



Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Sillydad (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:55

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 19:55
We had a guy pick up a rental 4WD from South Perth a few years ago. Got halfway to Kalgoorlie and smoke started coming out from under the bonnet.

Once he managed to lift it safely, he found there was no oil cap - oil had sprayed all over the underside of the bonnet and was getting a tad hot...
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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:00

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:00
Lets kick a dealer...again!
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Reply By: Member - Driverdon - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:31

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:31
I seem to remember many years ago one of the oil additive companies added their stuff to the oil . . .drove it around darwin for a couple of hours, drained the oil out of it and drove it, oiless, to Alice or Adelaide. . .racking brain but can't remember the additive . . . woz big in the 70's
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Follow Up By: Member - Longtooth (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:37

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:37
Think it was Slick 50
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Follow Up By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:50

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:50
MolyBond and MolySpeed were big around that time.
Maybe one of those.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:52

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:52
There used to be a site at the local field days that had a demo of an engine running without a sump, obviously no oil as a reservoir. The product being promoted I think was Wynn's or Nulon or similar. Quite a few years ago now and the memory isn`t the best on the detail.

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Follow Up By: Member - Driverdon - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 21:06

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 21:06
It woz like wynns but a yank product. . . it was like honey really thick and you added a can to your oil when changed . . . . did it have a big "O" in the name?. . . or sumphink. . . mumble . . mumble . . nup its gone!!!!@@@???
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Follow Up By: oldfart1953 - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 02:49

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 02:49
STP ??
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:23

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:23
Thought it was Nulon back in the early to mid 80"s
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Follow Up By: Member - Driverdon - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 09:22

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 09:22
STP . . . that's it . . .I new I'd remember it!!!
Doh!!
Well Done Old Fart. . .I don't know why I thought there was an "O" in the name
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:48

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:48
Sounds a bit odd to me.

Did the dealer hide the access to the engine bay?

How come the engine wasn't checked for oil and water for 6 months?

I now have got some idea why they call those lights on the dash 'idiot lights'.
Maybe it was just the door light that was an idiot light.

If the dealer topped up the oil for her 6 months after servicing her car, I would suspect he would have asked a few questions.
I mean, can a vehicle go for 6 months without oil?

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:58

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 20:58
G`day Dave ,
Mate I think you have grabbed the story the wrong way.
The way I read it all this happened 6 months ago and she only told Ian about it today.

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Follow Up By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:21

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:21
Think you might be right Scrubby, on rereading it it does look that way.

I was getting a bit too much exercise. Jumping to conclusions.

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 07:41

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 07:41
Two anecdotes come to mind

My elderly father was not big on car maintenance and always got his cars serviced on the cheap by 'mates'. I happened to drive his Camry one day and was appalled by the bald tyres and noise from the CV joints.

I fitted new tyres and had the front end repaired at a nation wide suspension franchise. I was pleased that I had been able to help my old dad.

He wasn't though when the car seized up a few weeks later due to no oil in the trans axle. It cost about $2000 to get mobile again.

The second story is about a young woman I work with. She recently traded her 5 year old Mitsubishi on a new Subaru. In 5 years she had never opened the bonnet or had it serviced in any way. Just petrol.
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 20:37

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 20:37
Does anyone remeber Proma!!!!!!

they went to alll the shows but there stuff was metal based not plastic based!!!!!
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