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Q: oil change gone bad on 2002 Nissan Altima

I had my car in for a routine oil change today and just after I drove away my check engine light started flashing at me and then as I began to break it started to chug/shake. It stopped when I was fully stopped but did it again as I started to accelerate again and it smelled like burning. I pulled over and the dealership came to tow it back. I am wondering what it could be because I don't want to get hosed!
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Maybe they left the oil cap loose or off the engine causing oil to get on the hot motor resulting in the burning smell. That could cause running problems too. if they left the oil filter loose and it came off you would lose all your oil in a second or two and if you continued to drive the engine could be badly damaged.
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When they sent out the service technicians they checked the dipstick and said the oil was still full and everything underneath was still tightened. I don't think they were really sure what was going on to be honest which is why they had it towed back. Any thoughts on what else it could be since there was still oil in it?
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