While waiting for clutch help, I moved onto a/c removal and cleaning on the 10k mile service. Well, one of the three cover bracket screws is stripped. Two of them have nice torx patterns in the middle of them and the third has a circle. I don't know about you guys, but I don't have a CIRCLE BIT, and even if I did, the laws of physics prevent it from doing a damned bit of good. The tech from the 1k or 5k jumped on this poor victim of a screw with a power tool and burned the center out good. F WORD!!!
If you recall, I encountered a stripped oil pan resulting from the dealer-performed 1k or 5k service that was covered up by the dealer tech's liberal use of thread tape. The dealer has since gone out of business so I had no recourse. $360 later, my oil change (and trans) were complete. If you're interested in the whole story, click here:
Chapter two was no less interesting and is still continuing: Clutch adjustment
Should these challenges discourage you from doing your own service? QUITE THE OPPOSITE! The only time anyone but me is touching this beauty from now on if for something I cannot do myself. I have had three challenges so far and two of them were caused by previous service by dealer error. I'm a clueless rookie by comparison, and I've only effed up once, if that (not sure yet what's up with my clutch cable, so the jury is still out).
Lesson learned, again. And, again.