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    great.. my rarely used 2nd veichle was leaking oill from drain plug onto pavement..

    oh dang it,

    in march right before things went sideways.. my old 2nd vehicle 2001 Xterra got an oil change.. I haven't really driven it or moved it for various reasons (it generally goes camping..etc stuff that hasn't been going on.) I had mainly been driving my truck...

    I hadn't noticed it has been leaking oil since I got the oil change done because of a old / beat up drain plug (the shop didn't put the plug back in correctly).... I got the leak stopped..

    but now I have a rather unfortunate oil stain on the asphalt parking space the Xterra resides in ....

    I have tried a few things I saw online trying to get rid of the spot with very marginal results... unfortunately some better options for concrete (oil eater) aren't a super good solution for asphalt as it is made with oil (or at least is part oil and all)..

    anyone have any tips... I would rather the HOA not get on my back about this.

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    I've used kitty litter on the asphalt in front of my house to pretty good success.

    I've only used WD-40 on my concrete garage floor when my Jeep marks its territory, but it works pretty good.
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    kewl.. Ok I hadn't got to trying the cat litter.. but I will give that a go next... thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
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    Move to a place without a HOA.

    How could they put the plug back in but not correctly without damaging the threads? Or did they leave the crush washer off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Move to a place without a HOA.

    How could they put the plug back in but not correctly without damaging the threads? Or did they leave the crush washer off?
    Exactly, and most likely left the crush washer off. I never understood how this could happen through. The washer is on there tight to the threads and very difficult to work down the threads. Itís not like a regular washer that could just fall off. It happens though.
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    A crush washer is a one time use item intended to be replaced every oil change, it's not stuck to the drain plug in any way, most likely stuck to the pan before the bolt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    A crush washer is a one time use item intended to be replaced every oil change, it's not stuck to the drain plug in any way, most likely stuck to the pan before the bolt.
    I didít mean it was stuck I meant itís hard for it to fall off the threads because itís a tighter clearance to the threads than a normal washer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I didít mean it was stuck I meant itís hard for it to fall off the threads because itís a tighter clearance to the threads than a normal washer.
    OK, I read it again and see what you meant. On mine the washer comes of easily and often sticks to the pan, maybe because I don't clean it good enough. I could definitely see an oil shop not replacing it.

    OP; I'd suggest replacing the Xterra with something other than Nissan so this doesn't happen again.
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    the problem was they reused the crush washer... it has been resolved now..

    yeah yeah.. HOAs can be a pain... on the other hand I have had a neighbor that was really wanting to do stupid annoying stuff and the HOA shut him down... which was ok... Pros and Cons I guess.

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    My nissan frontier surprisingly had one of these installed -- Fumoto¬ģ USA | Quick and Easy Engine Oil Drain Valves It confused me at first, but I will probably switch every vehicle to it if possible. At least I don't have to worry about threads stripping anymore (wife's suzuki has had the drain pan swapped twice due to the drain plug being stripped out).

    Probably could still leak, but minimizes the stripped/crush washer issue...
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    I like HOAs. No cars parked on front lawns with weeds growing out of the hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlands R&C View Post
    My nissan frontier surprisingly had one of these installed -- Fumoto¬ģ USA | Quick and Easy Engine Oil Drain Valves It confused me at first, but I will probably switch every vehicle to it if possible. At least I don't have to worry about threads stripping anymore (wife's suzuki has had the drain pan swapped twice due to the drain plug being stripped out).

    Probably could still leak, but minimizes the stripped/crush washer issue...
    I put one of those on my wife's Forester. Makes oil changes ridiculously easy. I'll put one on my next car as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I put one of those on my wife's Forester. Makes oil changes ridiculously easy. I'll put one on my next car as well.
    Those are pretty slick [no pun intended].
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    Since all pornstars might obviously be out of work right now, you could get a lesbian carpetmunching out of work pornstar to lick it off your driveway. Obviously youíd have to pay her. I hear the Italian and Greek ones like the oily stuff. Just sayiní
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    ...I'd suggest replacing the Xterra with something other than Nissan so this doesn't happen again.
    Please tell me you have owned and driven Nissans and are not pissing on the best vehicle made in the USA without firsthand experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Since all pornstars might obviously be out of work right now, you could get a lesbian carpetmunching out of work pornstar to lick it off your driveway. Obviously youíd have to pay her. I hear the Italian and Greek ones like the oily stuff. Just sayiní
    It's motor oil not chocolate syrup. And that comment is in poor taste.
    Bicycles don't have motors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    the problem was they reused the crush washer... it has been resolved now..

    yeah yeah.. HOAs can be a pain... on the other hand I have had a neighbor that was really wanting to do stupid annoying stuff and the HOA shut him down... which was ok... Pros and Cons I guess.
    Move to a place without neighbors?
    Well my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.

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    And here I was enjoying the crush washer discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    It's motor oil not chocolate syrup. And that comment is in poor taste.
    Sorry, I didnít mean to offend any of your lesbian pornstar friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    Move to a place without neighbors?
    thats what we did. I couldn't deal with HOAs.

    Usually when I spill oil I get some dirt from somewhere in the yard and let it sit overnight. the finer the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    thats what we did. I couldn't deal with HOAs.

    Usually when I spill oil I get some dirt from somewhere in the yard and let it sit overnight. the finer the better.
    This! HOAs are fine in theory, but the overreach is insane. I'll never live in an HOA 'hood.
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    I deal with HOA's in my current line of work. They're hilarious in every way from how they're managed, to ridiculously unrealistic expectations, to pitting residents against each other, to the know it all's who know nothing, to constantly getting busted for embezzling money. They're like tiny little mobs but not run as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Dirt solves many problems though, simple and effective.
    Thanks for the kudos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Move to a place without a HOA.

    How could they put the plug back in but not correctly without damaging the threads? Or did they leave the crush washer off?
    I've heard many horror stories about Jiffy Lube massively over-tightening and stripping drain plugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Thanks for the kudos.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    Please tell me you have owned and driven Nissans and are not pissing on the best vehicle made in the USA without firsthand experience.
    Nissan is like the Ryobi of the auto world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    I've heard many horror stories about Jiffy Lube massively over-tightening and stripping drain plugs.
    Most are high school kids or just out of high school.Years ago a friend of mine worked at one. One of his coworkers hand screwed a couple of threads only a drain plug and it blew out after the customer left. The oil blew out and the motor seized. Most would have pulled over immediately when the oil light came on, not this lady. Still, pretty scary going to these places.
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    my friend has worked at a carwash oil/lube place as long as I have known him. most of the people that are changing your oil and driving your car are felons for guess what, auto theft. That is at his company's carwash that I will not name, but they are all over Phoenix.

    Or they are teenagers that want to be mechanics.
    Dont make me go all Jonathan Winters on this gas station.

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    OP, here's a trick I'll do on floors that have deep stains before we coat them. Pour a good amount of oil remover, simple green, orange stuff, whatever you got, on the affected spot. Then duct tape a sheet of plastic over the affected area covered with degreaser. Let it stand for 24 hours, then pull it. Rinse and repeat as needed. This will help sweat the oil out of the ground.

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    Ether or butoxyethanol.


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    Wait. Who doesn't do their own oil changes???
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    I've used Jiffylube on some of my old shit boxes. I always stay in the vehicle. One time there was a communication breakdown between the guy in the hole and the guy above with the car in the next bay. They started and ran the car with no oil in it yet. Took a sec but they scrambled around and shut it off however it sounded awful pretty quick. So they fill it with oil and proceed like nothing happened. Lady comes out and I get out of my car and tell her what happened. 100% confident she didn't grasp the severity of what just happened and drove off.

    But wait there's more...then head dildo begins to get pissed with me and I can hear him talking shit while I'm in my van. I got out again, had some choice words and he thought better of it. I can't really single out Jiffylube though. There's no shortage of incompetent idiots willing to rip you off these days. I deal with it at my job all day every day, it's crazy what people think they can get away with anymore.

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    I just buy a new car when the oil runs out... much easier...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Those are pretty slick [no pun intended].
    Ok, that's pretty funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Ok, that's pretty funny.
    Thanks, I thought it slipped by you all.
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    Apparently some dealers aren't any better:

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    I think generally speaking skilled labor is a dying entity in our country. We are quickly broaching a stage where people literally don't know what quality is. Squeezing every last penny out of everything and profit above all else is really serving us well. One could argue that's responsible for the current state of our country and I believe we've not seen anything yet.

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    I know your pain Atarione. My 12 yr old Karcher pressure cleaner that has survived falls from the roof sprung an oil leak yesterday. The question is do I spend the time pulling it apart to find the problem, then the required part number, then the actual part (assuming it is available as a spare) then try and reassemble in working order without stuffing something else (something I am quite apt at) or do I just bin it and go and spend another $160 on a replacement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Apparently some dealers aren't any better:

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    Lol the fact that it happened at a dealership... Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Available at Lowes, huh? Nice plug!

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