Could Oil Change Cause Car to Seize?


Asked by Sep 13, 2015 at 11:06 PM about the 2009 Toyota Prius

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We have a 2009 Prius. Was driving just fine. Went to get an oil change today.
Shop does oil change, performs "routine check-up" and finds nothing wrong.
We leave, and drive two blocks down the road and car seizes (slows down to a
halt and won't go). Was this potentially the shop's fault and if so, what would
have caused this to happen? Thank you!

11 Answers


check you oil in the car and see if there is any.

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Nothing should have happened. Just an oil change. Take it back. !!!!!!!

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Thanks, there was oil in the car. Could another part of engine been damaged during the oil change?

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Take it back. Nothing should have gone wrong like that!!!

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The car was towed back to the shop but we're afraid they're going to say it had nothing to do with them, when clearly it was functioning perfectly fine before we got the oil change...

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Does the engine crank over? If so, it's not seized. I'm thinking something like a fuel pump failure or timing belt failure (if you have over 60,000 miles on it). That is assuming, of course, the engine will crank over. HTH. -Jim

Can't think. Gotta know your stuff. No room for second guessing..

Take it back They are liable for this.Under Title 4 . Section 108-3. They violated your rights..


Bad or completely clogged oil filter that starved engine ,, remove filter with witness present before they do and save for evidence

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It's a Prius! The only people who should work on it are people who are familiar with hybrids- take it to the dealer and let them sort out the problem- most likely, the electronics that control the interaction between the gas engine and the electric motor- c'mon, this is no ordinary car and you can not treat it as such-

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Could be no oil in engine or defective filter.

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