Driving without an Oil Cap
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I took my car in for a routine checkup and oil change two weeks ago. After driving all this time, I got a check engine light today, and when I popped the hood, I discovered that the oil cap had been left open this whole time. I checked the oil level and it was below the minimum, so I put in a quart of oil. I'm not sure I used the same rating they used. Is my car messed up now? What kinds of problems can result from driving without an oil cap?
If the car only took one quart of oil, that should not be your problem. Was the inside of your engine compartment completely coated in oil? Is the check engine light still on? If so, you need to find out what code is stored. Additionally, you should (if not done so already) go back to the oil change place and tell them that they left your oil cap off. The best that they will probably do for you is give you a free oil change. However, you still need to make them aware!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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