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Blown pcm on my V6 2005 saturn vue

Grease monkeys at an oil change shop were messing with my fuse box, enabled the PASS Sytem, and in many attempts to get my vehicle started blew my PCM, I'm taking them to court, I need some evidence on what they could have done to cause this

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  • patti553 Mar 11, 2009

    I simply took it for an oil change, they went in to the fuse box to turn off the oil change light, messed with the fuses, pass system was activated, and with everything they did they blew out the PCM, apparently on a 2005 Saturn Vue which has an "Oil Life System" you are supposed to turn on the ignition to run, press and release the accelerator pedal 3 - 5 times, and the system will reset. instead they were ratcheting away in my fuse box, and took out the power train module etc etc.. I had to be towed out

  • patti553 Mar 13, 2009

    Thanks man, I live on the island of Maui, here in the state of Hawaii.

    I have a date to take her to small claims court, the owner is taking absolutely no responsibility on this, they tripped my Pass system, then took out the fuses and blew the PCM. and had the nerve to send me something they found on the internet about a 2003 Vue's oil re-set button, well I have a 2005 Vue with no such button, I have an Oil Life System, and have found that you put the key in, pump the accelerator 3-5 times, and THAT re-sets the oil system..

    This nonsense has cost me countless hours of my time, anxiety and frustration, so far I am at $1800 out of pocket, yes the local GM dealer fixed it, put in a new PCM, I'm telling you, these people are complete morons, and they are trying to brush me off..

  • patti553 Mar 13, 2009

    Oh yeah, we could definitely need some talented folks here

  • ntruji11 May 11, 2010

    Do you have a copy of your work order?



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Well, if you went in for an oil change and walked out with a blown PCM you might want to get in touch with an attorney. That just doesn't sound right- they should not have been anywhere near the fuse box to turn the oil light off. As a matter of fact, they could have just cleared the change oil light with a scan tool. The attorney will probably tell you to go to a GM dealership to have an estimate done and/or go talk to the manager at that grease monkey and tell him to fix your car for free since they messed it up. You are going to need a copy of your reciept or work order from the shop and a copy of your paperwork from the towing company. Depending on what state you are in, what they did was illegal and if they try to decline your requests to fix your car that is definitely illegal- depending on the state you are in. Good luck and avoid those guys at all costs in the future!

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  • ntruji11 Mar 13, 2009

    Get 'em killer! I can't stand mechanics like that! They should have their ASE's revoked! Grrrrr... I am in Colorado but from what I have heard good help is kind of hard to find in hawai'i so I wish you the best of luck!!



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