Date: 21 Jul 2005 09:43:58 -0700
Subject: Overheated / Change the Oil? 93 Turbo

I just had my 2001 93 SE in for 50K service and a new DI unit (yes i manged to hit my 4 years in November so this wasnt covered). The technician must have had to move the cable to the fan during installation and neglected to lock it tightly. Not until I pulled off the highway into town did I notice it overheating and pulled to a stop, steam released and I lost maybe a quart of coolant. I let it cool and nursed the car home with the heat on full blast and windows down (it was 85 degrees out that day). I had the oil changed the day before but a friend told me that if I overheated I should change my oil and filter as the heat would break down the oil. My dealer says not to worry...that I didn't overheat terribly and that I don't need to change the oil right after this mishap. I feel that as a precaution, they ought to do it anyway. Question is, am I being paranoid without reason. Does anyone know if a brief overheating of the engine can cause breakdown of a sump of brand new oil? Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom that I might take back to the dealer/mechanics. / 2001 93 SE

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