2008 Buick Enclave CX: The Engine Cover and Oil Cap
July 10, 2008
"I wouldn't take it down if I were you. That's a load-bearing poster." - Bart to Rod (or Todd)
Like the Krusty the Clown poster holding up the walls of the Flanderseses poorly rebuild home, the oil-filler cap has more responsibility in the Enclave's engine bay than a filler-tube cap should probably have.
See, in order to remove the engine cover (the thing that lets people pretend engines are neat, tidy, clean and sanitary; not smelly blocks of metal bursting with tangles of wires and, literally, full of devastating explosions) you have to unscrew the oil cap. The cover is sitting atop a few posts that are fairly secure, but the cap is the only thing that screws, latches, or clamps it in place. Not a big deal you say? It's a clever way to access the tube without removing the cover, you say? Well, yes, that's correct. Also though, with the cap located at the bottom of a shallow well, each time you open it small bits of sand and dust fall into the tube. I refuse to Hoover my engine before checking the oil. I don't know how much sand the Enclave can tolerate in its oil, but if it's more than none this is a pretty poor design element.
If it were my Enclave the first piece to go in the trash would be that silly cover. But then I'd have to look at this:
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 21,000 miles