Saturn oil change near disaster
I was changing the oil in my daughter's 95 Saturn SC1. I have done this many times but never on a Saturn. When I unscrewed the oil filter I discovered that it wasn't an oil filter at all, but an external automatic transmission fluid filter. The red ATF fluid that dripped out was a dead giveaway. I put it side by side with the replacement oil filter; same size, same screw threads. I just put it back on as I didn't have a replacement, and topped off the ATF. I later found the actual oil filter and finished the oil change.
I told this story to the guy at the auto parts store and asked if I could have used an oil filter as an ATF filter. He said no, that they were different. I know now that I'm going to have to do all her oil changes from now on because I can see the kid at the Jiffy Lube making the same mistake and not owning up to it.