So, your car has a problem.

Damage done by oil change shop.


What does this mean?

The mechanic that worked on your car probably disconnected something while working on your vehicle. The most likely cause would be the mass air flow sensor, normally removed to check the air filter. Reconnecting the sensor is straight forward and quick. However, it could also be something more serious, such as a lack of oil or something else.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 8. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


If the oil light is on or the oil pressure gauge reads low oil pressure, the car should be towed back to the original mechanic. If it was driven more than a few hundred yards after the oil change, there is probably serious engine damage. This is probably going to be messy situation to resolve. If the oil light is off, drive it back to the shop as soon as possible or have one of our mobile mechanics take a look. It’s probably an easy fix. In the future, we’d recommend going to a different mechanic – like maybe one of ours!

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
3

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