Yup, in a foreign country no less.
The wife and I did a Friday to Saturday stay in Niagra Falls, Ontario. The weather was great, the falls were great, did the usual touristy stuff, wax musems and the like.
On the way home we decided to drive up the Niagra Falls Parkway to the Lewiston-Kingston Bridge instead of back over the Peace Bridge, more scenery instead of boring old QEW. So we stop off at the whirlpool area for the heck of it and that was where it happened.
A downward sloping parking lot with a high curb and me distracted by the view was all it took. I didn't even scrape plastic, the filter was the 1st thing to hit. Initially I didn't think much of it. I've hit curbs hundreds of times, but one look under there and I saw oil everywhere and the filter was bent back about 15 degrees.
It didn't turn out as bad as it could have. Ford of Canada had a CAA tow truck there in 45 minutes. Luckily, the damage was limited to the filter only and not the filter screw
We were towed to a Canadian Tire where the CAA guy helped me change my oil and we were on our way with less than 2 hours lost. I slipped the guy a monopoly 10 out of gratitiude and because it was soon to be useless to me anyway.
PZEV folks, watch it when you park! The curb I hit wasn't that abnormal. I'm definitely paying attention a little more when I park against curbs these days.
Ford designers: What were you thinking?!? (right, weren't) Yes the oil filter is in a nice convenient place to get at, but its really exposed and right at the front of the car. I think I will always be nervous about this as long as I own the car.
Ford roadside assistance: Did me right. Nice program.