Oil cap left off after oil change

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Ray, May 9, 2006.

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    Ray Guest

    My sister just found that the oil cap was left off of her 1999 Accord during the oil change over a month ago. Surprisingly, it was less than a quart low. BUT, the oil had attacked her windshield wiper blade and hood gasket. She wants the store where she had the oil changed to replace what might have been damaged, but what else might that be? Has Honda ever put out a service bulletin listing what might be damaged by oil?


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    Ray, May 9, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    rubber is damaged by oil. in addition, you want to be worried about
    grit ingestion. otoh, if a driver doesn't check the oil for a whole
    month and doesn't notice the omission, i'm not very sympathetic.

    regarding the last question, no, there's no service bulletin for
    inability to follow basic maintenance procedures.
    jim beam, May 9, 2006
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    Alan Guest

    Steam cleaning the engine compartment is probably the best thing to do.
    Now wait a minute... if rubber is damaged by oil then how do you
    explain why there is grease inside CV Boots, Ball Joints, etc. not to
    mention rubber hoses and so on that carry oil.
    Alan, May 9, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    "rubber" covers a multitude of elasto-polymers. some, like neoprenes,
    are oil resistant. others aren't. radiator hoses, windshield seals,
    brake hoses, are typically rubbers that aren't, or at least, aren't
    rated for it, even if they appear to hold up ok for a while.

    steam cleaning the engine compartment, while it produces quick results,
    is a great way to cause electrical problems up the wazoo and contaminate
    the brake system. better to use engine cleaner and a gentle hose,
    avoiding the brake reservoir.
    jim beam, May 9, 2006
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    gfretwell Guest

    I drove Chevys and Fords for years that blew oil. Wash it off and get
    on with your life. Some stuff that would have rusted will last a
    little longer. Everything else will be fine.
    gfretwell, May 10, 2006
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    Alan Guest

    Hmmm ... that's an idea of how to get rid of unlocatable squeaks.
    Alan, May 10, 2006
  7. Yes indeed - natural rubber tends to soak up oil, creating a goo of rubbery
    oil (or is it oily rubber?) Just about all the synthetics are okay with
    petroleum. In addition, natural rubber can handle all sorts of synthetic
    lubricants, including most lubricating greases.

    I'm a convert to Simple Green for engine cleaning. No big reason - I just
    like it.

    Michael Pardee, May 10, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    simple green has a very bad reputation in the bike world for stress
    jim beam, May 10, 2006
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    Brian Smith Guest

    I wonder if it would corrode some of my stress away? {;^0
    Brian Smith, May 10, 2006
  10. I didn't know that! Googling produced quite a few hits, including
    It appears the hazard comes from prolonged exposure, in this case soaking
    chains in Simple Green. I haven't been actively riding for some time now (as
    my body shape proclaims!) but when I did I soaked my chains overnight in
    motor oil, not water-based stuff.

    Michael Pardee, May 11, 2006
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    L Alpert Guest

    The phrase "all synthetics" would be a stretch, as there are many polymers
    based products that are not rated for use with petroleum products (most,
    actually), though those used by the auto industry are, by design.
    L Alpert, May 13, 2006
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