Brakes and oil filter
- Hi everyone!
I am a new member of this group. I own a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire. It has
about 26,500 miles on it. I bought it almost a year ago (I think I
bought it Sept. 25, 2005). So far, it has been a great vehicle. I get
great gas mileage - even driving into the city Monday through Friday.
I do have a couple of questions, however.
First, do/did any of you have problems with your brakes making noises?
I read something online about this a while back. Someone said they had
problems with their brakes making loud noises. They took it to the
shop, and they were told the noise was due to the cheap break pads
they used on the Sunfire. They said once the brake pads were replaced,
the noises stopped. My car has been making the noise on and off. It
usually does it when I am sitting in stop and go traffic. The brakes
themselves feel fine - they seem to be working to me. My car is still
under the manufacturer warranty, so I could take it to the dealership
to get them to look at it... but I know brake pads wouldn't be covered
under my warranty (even though, in my opinion, they should be if
Pontiac did indeed choose to put some crappy brake pads when they
manufactured the car) Has anyone else had this problem or heard of it?
Second, I don't know what the other year models are like... but my oil
filter is kind of in an odd place. It screws into this plastic piece
which then screws into the motor. Well, anyway, I had my oil changed
today, and I don't think the guys there knew what they were doing.
First of all, it took 40+ minutes - when they are a QUICK oil change
place. Why did it take so long? They couldn't figure out how to get
the oil filter off. I am almost baffled at this. Two grown men who are
supposed to be "professionals" couldn't figure out the oil filter... I
have had my oil changed like 5 or 6 times since I bought my car, and I
have never had this problem before. I actually know how to change my
own oil and oil filter, but I don't simply because I don't have the
time right now. I could have probably done it faster than these guys
did! It looks like they came very close to stripping the oil filter
casing too... but I will be calling the oil change place tomorrow to
tell them about my bad experience... My question is this - of those of
you that have this oddly placed oil filter, have you had problems
changing it? Or, have you had problems with other people trying to
change it? Is there some sort of special tool for it? They tried about
10 different tools today, and I was sitting there worrying to death
that they were going to mess up my car. I don't trust a lot of these
oil changing places anymore....
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!