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I took my 17 Murano in for an oil change on Friday to Valvoline since I am always short on time and the closest dealer is 45mins away.. The manager explains the oil change then pulls out the air filter and shows that it is really dirty, he then asked me if I wanted to swap it out, I said it was fine, so a day after the car was feeling sluggish and making a weird noise, I did not know what it was about, so I scheduled an appointment with the dealer 3 days after oil change, The dealer checked it out and told me that I was driving without an air filter, and the compartment was left open. They charged me $150 for diagnosing and a new air filter, and said that there was no check engine light on, but there is a possibility that the mass flow sensor could of went out, to be on alert for a check engine light, I've submitted a complaint and a request for reimbursement from Valvoline, what else should I be doing about this, and what should I be looking for as far as performance wise. Thank You guys
 

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What does Valvoline have to do with the air filter issue?


Did you pay for an air filter change? Is it on the work order receipt from the dealer?
 

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well go after Valvoline for reimbursement, as you have already stated you are, other than that, if no check engine lights come on and the vehicle operates normally, you just might be good to go, and no other issues will arise.


If something does come up, I would go to another dealer, get it fixed, your vehicle should still be under warranty, just don't mention the incident about the missing air filter.


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I would think if it's specifically listed as a line item for the air filter and the labor then you could try and take it to the shop that did the initial work..


Still not sure why you would complain to Valvoline. Do they have brick and mortar shop where they provide services in your area or something like that? If so I didn't know they did that.


You didn't take it to a NISSAN dealer the first time correct? This is a 3rd party mechanic/shop? You can complain to the BBB. The internet can be a powerful tool. If everything you say is accurate then hit there Facebook page etc. I wouldn't be slanderous but I would tell your story.
 

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OP went to Valvoline for an oil and filter change, at the same time the manager told him the air filter is dirty and should be replaced, OP said OK


Valvoline did the oil and filter but they forgot to put in a new air filter after they took out the old one, and didn't even bother to close up the air filter assembly


OP found the vehicle running rough, took it to Nissan dealer, they diagnosed the problem to be because of a missing air filter, I will assume they put one in, and charged OP the 150 for the diagnostics and a new air filter


OP is right in going after Valvoline for compensation, as they messed up and removed his air filter and did not put in another one...


I don't see a problem with what he wants to do....


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now I see in OP's original post he told the manager it's "fine" not sure if this means it's fine and don't replace it, or it's fine and go ahead and replace it, but either way, it ended up there was no air filter put in, be it old or new, and the air filter assembly was left open...




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OP went to Valvoline for an oil and filter change, at the same time the manager told him the air filter is dirty and should be replaced, OP said OK


Valvoline did the oil and filter but they forgot to put in a new air filter after they took out the old one, and didn't even bother to close up the air filter assembly


OP found the vehicle running rough, took it to Nissan dealer, they diagnosed the problem to be because of a missing air filter, I will assume they put one in, and charged OP the 150 for the diagnostics and a new air filter


OP is right in going after Valvoline for compensation, as they messed up and removed his air filter and did not put in another one...


I don't see a problem with what he wants to do....


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now I see in OP's original post he told the manager it's "fine" not sure if this means it's fine and don't replace it, or it's fine and go ahead and replace it, but either way, it ended up there was no air filter put in, be it old or new, and the air filter assembly was left open...




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Yes fine=replace it, but I can see were there can be a misunderstanding in the way I worded it.
 

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I would think if it's specifically listed as a line item for the air filter and the labor then you could try and take it to the shop that did the initial work..


Still not sure why you would complain to Valvoline. Do they have brick and mortar shop where they provide services in your area or something like that? If so I didn't know they did that.


You didn't take it to a NISSAN dealer the first time correct? This is a 3rd party mechanic/shop? You can complain to the BBB. The internet can be a powerful tool. If everything you say is accurate then hit there Facebook page etc. I wouldn't be slanderous but I would tell your story.
Yes, in some cities in this country, they have little shops names Valvoline that focus on small basic car maintenance, like oil, filters, belts etc...... From what I understand these are franchises
 

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Yes, in some cities in this country, they have little shops names Valvoline that focus on small basic car maintenance, like oil, filters, belts etc...... From what I understand these are franchises

Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification. I did not know Valvoline had brick and mortar quick garages. There are none in my area so that was my confusion. Then yes, file a complaint. I understood the sequence of events and the rest of your post.


Posting on there Facebook (politely of course) can certainly go a long way. If you can find there corporate Facebook you can probably bypass the local franchise shop and maybe get a response from there HQ customer service/customer liaison rep.
 

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Of course I try to do my own oil changes. But if I go to a shop I tell them don’t worry about the air filter.
My filters last 2-3 years and the shops are known for gouging you with the price.

Understand that not all of us are mechanical in nature.
 

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I had a similar issue with an oil change on a different vehicle - they had put the wrong oil filter in and the check engine came on.

took it to dealer who diagnosed and fixed problem- the oil change firm reimbursed me
 

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If the air filter housing was "left open", any moron could see the problem in one second after opening the hood. If that's the case, you should get your full diagnostic fee back without having to go to Valvoline. The shop should reimburse you immediately.

If the air filter housing was not left open, then what happened? Accurate reporting helps a lot.
 
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