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I had my oil changed this afternoon and a few hours later after driving around, my oil light came on and stayed on. I pulled over and noticed my engine had a horrible smell to it. I opened up the hood and noticed I had no oil in the reserve, as well as a large puddle of oil under the car. I also was missing whatever is above the air filter and to the right of the ABS Accumulator (see picture...what I'm missing is circled in yellow). I have no idea what this part is. All that is left is the bottom part of the black container, some plugs, and some screws. Can anyone identify what this part is? and why it would be missing after an oil change?

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The part you have circled in the EAS pump and valve block. This could be missing if your car has been converted to coils. If your car still has air bag suspension and that is missing, you are in trouble. Considering you didn't complain about the ride being rubbish, I'm guessing your car is coil sprung.

By no oil in the reserve, do you mean nothing registering on the dip stick? If so, and there is a large puddle of oil, I'm guessing someone forgot to put the drain plug back in, or didn't put it in properly. I would call the people who serviced your car immediately. Do not start the engine again if there is no oil in it. Obviously this will destroy the engine. Hopefully your engine has survived if it's drained all the oil out.

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it's the top of the EAS storage box and contains inside, the valve block/driver unit/compressor. these basically run the airbag suspension
your vehicle must have been converted to coil springs at some time :?: . that cover can become hard to clip down as they age, mine is cable tied on. however if it was loose there's no way it can fall through to the ground, so 'they' have lost it.
there is nothing in there that needs attention at a general oil service. it has nothing to do with oil.

sounds like whoever did the service left the drain plug on your sump loose :evil: , hope it hasn't stuffed your engine :pray: .
these P38's do not like to get hot
think i'd be going back to your service centre with a lawyer because if the engine is buggered your up for big dollars :x ....don't ask i know.

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The oil that leaked out onto the ground was very dirty oil. Not sure what that means. Before I pulled over the engine was making a clunking noise. Could that mean my engine was having some issues? Also, the EAS storage box was closed with the top part before, not sure if anything was in it though. They also did some testing on the engine as my CEL light has been on for awhile. Anyway, I had it towed to the shop tonight. Hopefully nothing is wrong. Thanks for your help!
 

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I've danced with Captain Morgan on more than one occasion, I'm keen Tasi :p

As for the motor, well the P38 engines carbon up pretty bad I hear, so I wouldn't be surprised if your oil was dirty after only a few hours. Dirty oil is good, it means it's doing its job of cleaning and protecting the engine. Clunks from the motor on the other hand are not good. I hope not, but it sounds like all of your oil came out and you've spun a big end bearing. I would be having very serious words with the people that did the service. If it has spun a bearing, it'll need a full rebuild.
 

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where are both of you located ?
clunking doesn't sound healthy, be ready for some bad news. let us know the outcome please
does your vehicle raise and lower of it's own accord ?, if not it has had a coil replacement and is not on airbags.
if it still has the airbags it's been jury rigged with some type of bypass system.

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All that is left is the bottom part of the black container, some plugs, and some screws. Can anyone identify what this part is? and why it would be missing after an oil change?
This is what the inside of that box normally contains - an air compressor and an air suspension valve block:

 

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May have forgotten to tighten the sump plug, or even the oil filter, depends on how thorough they were with the change if they had taken off the oil cooler lines to drain out as much oil as possible they may have damaged one (but I doubt they would have touched those). No matter how you look at it though the place where you had your oil changed is going to be up for some BIG dollars to repair the problem. Apprentices really should have their work checked before releasing cars back to the owners. If I have any work done on anything mechanical of mine I check it over before I leave. That includes crawling under the car to check things too.... And go get your cover back. They aren't cheap! Keep us informed with what has happened and how they are going to fix it..

Nice to have another Aussie on this board Wasabipimpninja. I'm in Perth too. :thumb:
 

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May have forgotten to tighten the sump plug, or even the oil filter, depends on how thorough they were with the change if they had taken off the oil cooler lines to drain out as much oil as possible they may have damaged one (but I doubt they would have touched those). No matter how you look at it though the place where you had your oil changed is going to be up for some BIG dollars to repair the problem. Apprentices really should have their work checked before releasing cars back to the owners. If I have any work done on anything mechanical of mine I check it over before I leave. That includes crawling under the car to check things too.... And go get your cover back. They aren't cheap! Keep us informed with what has happened and how they are going to fix it..

Nice to have another Aussie on this board Wasabipimpninja. I'm in Perth too. :thumb:
Yes, I've seen many a car destroyed because the apprentice didn't do it right. And I've seen many a car destroyed when the fully qualified mechanic didn't do it right as well :p

Good to have have another Perthite around as well Shadow Keeper. I notice you have a Mini Clubman in your sig. I have three that I'm building up at the moment :p Must be something in the water ;)

Cheers,
Keels.
 
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