Close Call

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by bodhisattva65, May 27, 2011.

  1. bodhisattva65

    bodhisattva65 Been here awhile

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    So long story short: was at the dealership for another issue (people were painting our building and got over spray on my bike when the wind caught it) anyway, while I was there getting an estimate on parts, I told them to go ahead and change the oil.

    Oil change done, got on bike and headed back home down I35, Saturday, traffic running about 70/80 im in the middle lane and they are passing me. when all of a sudden i look in the mirror and a huge plum of white smoke trailing out the back, at the same time tach surges to about 12 grand, and bike snaps sideways, i grab clutch and hit kill switch. and get it to the side of the road.

    Call dealer and tell them i think the oil filter failed, they come and pick me up and get me back the dealership, GET THIS THEY DID NOT TIGHTEN THE DRAIN PLUG ALL THE WAY JUST RAN IT UP AND FORGOT TO TIGHTEN IT!!!! IT FELL OUT!!!

    Luck, not panicing and 30+ years of experience saved me.


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  2. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    NO don't delete it.
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  3. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    Glad to hear you are ok and that your 30+ years of experience saved you but you should have known better than to post that last picture showing as the potential offending dealer.

    You should delete the last picture in your post as it serves no purpose except to start trouble


    Baldness

    Edited, Sorry removed pictures and link.
    Baldness
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  4. ozmikl

    ozmikl Been here awhile

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    how you ever stayed upright with that much oil on your tyre I will never know, you are one lucky guy........good reflexes or not.
    Glad to hear your ok and good luck with the offender.
    Michael
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  5. bodhisattva65

    bodhisattva65 Been here awhile

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    Ooop! Disclamer its NOT "woods cycle" who made the mistake
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  6. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Pretty gnarly situation. Glad you are ok.

    It really sucks, but people make mistakes. It's what they do to try to right the wrong that matters.
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  7. DynaSport

    DynaSport Been here awhile

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    Wow, I'm amazed you didn't go down. Good on you. Good luck getting this mess straightened out. I actually had a very similar situation happen to a friend of mine in her car. She had service done at a dealership, then got on the road for a short trip. Forty or fifty miles into the trip her oil pressure light comes on and she discovers oil all over the back of her car. She has her car towed into a (different but closer to where she was) dealership and they discover the oil filter had come loose.

    Long story short, the original dealer wanted to give her a coupon for a free oil change and say no damage was done to her car. Being an attorney, she fought it and argued that without looking inside the engine there was no way to know how much, if any, damage was done. She kept at it and ended up with a new engine paid for by the original dealer. They did the right thing, but I bet only because they figured that being a lawyer, she would sue until they did the right thing.
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  8. duck

    duck Banned

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    Take another look at that back tire covered in oil. How would they "right the wrong" if the rider had been permanently disabled or killed?

    Sure, people make mistakes, but something like this is inexcusable in my book.
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  9. DanVFR

    DanVFR Continent Crusher

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    Wow, that is alot of oil. Glad you didn't come off, lets hope the dealer does the right thing when fixing this issue.
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  10. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Holy crap that rear tire looks lubed up! :yikes

    Glad you are OK -- that is scary stuff. Reason #46758 why I do my own oil changes...
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  11. dannyz

    dannyz Adventurer

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    So, how is your post helping, now that the OP removed that www address from his picture? You even made it easier to follow by adding a link...
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  12. Harry Backer

    Harry Backer Ran when parked!

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    Glad your OK Shit happens. Freind of mine took his truck in for an oil change. The guy in back forgot to put oil back in his truck. well you know what happend next. The bay in back smelled of pine if you know what I mean.
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  13. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Yowch! Glad you are alright. Is that damage I see on the swingarm? I had a buddy who bought a bike with damage on the swingarm, it was enough to total the bike...
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  14. ULY-RPG

    ULY-RPG cool hands adv

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    Smelled of pine? I am a little slow and don't get it,sorry.

    Wow that's a lot more external lubrication than nessicary!:eek1 Kudos for not going down,that had to be like ice under your back tire.

    Have worked in the auto industry for long enough to see some pretty stupid things happen. :cry
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  15. Harry Backer

    Harry Backer Ran when parked!

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    Weed
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  16. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    As Bueller pointed out, mistakes happen... it is not a perfect world.

    And now the dealership has to make this situation right.

    I think they owe you a new rear tire and a thorough detailing of the bike. What about your boot and pants? Were they sprayed by the oil?
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  17. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    After think about this for a bit, what in the world can they do to "make it right"? I would never again let my bike into their service departmnent after that. I understand that people are not perfect, but come on, an oil change is the most basic, easy service task there is. If they can't get that right do you think they can properly mount a tire?
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  18. ULY-RPG

    ULY-RPG cool hands adv

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    Oh damn:lol3
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  19. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    Sorry you are correct. I have edited my post.

    Respectfully,
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  20. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I say, see what they offer first. You did live to ride another day, so that is good. Glad you didn't panic.

    What the dealer probably can do for you:
    Free gear or tires- see if you can score a jacket or a new set of tires (right there, and take it home, not a voucher for later or some such...)

    I wouldn't tell them that I am never coming back, but I would never come back to them. If they know you aren't coming back, they are less likely to give you anything.

    Stuff like, loose drain plug, pinch bolts left loose, tires mounted backwards are all signs that a shop is not in good shape and not worth charging the professional mechanic rate that they charge. Yes, people make mistakes, but you shouldn't have to pay for them to make those mistakes.
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