I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1808 times:
It's only $9.95 up at a very good shop close to me, so why do it myself? It cost about that for me to buy the oil and filter + I still have to change it, lol. They handle all the repairs for all my vehicles and are always honest and reliable... so they don't mind doing the unadvertised cheap oil change for good customers.
707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
I would do it if I was any good with mecanics (and then I would *not* throw away the used oil, because *that* is against the law in France) ,but then, I prefer to have it done by a professional. And I get a very good price for the filters where I do it !
Illini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
I'm of the belief that why should I pay someone to do something for me when I can do it cheaper (and usually better) myself.
My old car took 10W30 in all but the coldest weather and ran great on it; I lost tract of the ammount of times when I used to go to a quick-lube place that after I told them 2x and the oil filler cap said the correct weight, I'd get 5W30 in the crankcase and end up burning a quart every 750 miles.
If I can handle it myself for the same or comperable price why should I throw money away at it when I can do it myself. Besides, I enjoy working on my car, and you never know when you might have to make repairs in the field to get home (lord knows I have!)
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JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1753 times:
I just poke a small hole in my oil filter. At about 3,000 miles it is nearly all leaked out. Then I just fill it with 5 quarts. No need to put the old stuff in a pan and dispose of it in the storm drain (which is bad for the environment). This is my contribution to pollution, so I write it off as a deduction.
NUAir From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1740 times:
Its against the law in France????
Damn my roomate just did it in front of our place in Paris, but that was on his motorcycle. I think motorfuel is cleaner then the other crap (literally) on the streets of Paris. But thats what the little green men are for!
In the States I always did it myself. Its good to know how to do it and girls dig guys who can do basic things like that.
"How Many Assholes we got on this ship?" - Lord Helmet
707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1735 times:
it is indeed against the law to discard used engine oil in France. Because it is a major polluting factor (some people used to throw it in the rivers, others in a field - which is quite bad for the fertility of the field).
If you change you oil here, you have to bring the used oil to a garage who will do... whatever is to be done with it (which I don't actually know).
By the way, reguarding dog wastes in Paris, I heard a few days ago that people with dogs will now be required to pick up the dejections. I totally do agree with that.
Fordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
Of course I do, I don't trust anyone else with my vehicles. I've changed entire engines, so the oil is a piece of cake. Not to sound to corny here, but you develop a real "bond" with your car by performing your own maintenance (and save some money). It's a beautiful thing, a man and his automobile.
Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1716 times:
I've always changed my own engine and gearbox oil and done all other maintenance myself. This includes complete engine, gearbox and suspension strip-downs and rebuilds.
The old dirty oil gets drained into a special 15 litre convex-topped oil pan with appropriate vents to prevent blow back. The oil then gets poured back into the cans out of which it originally came and when I have collected about ten of them the old oil is taken to an oil recycling works, where it is filtered and used to coat steel bolts to prevent them from rusting.
Zeus01 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (13 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1690 times:
I take it to a place down the road for 20 bucks. And they check everything anyway, so no biggy. I could do it myself, but hey, my lifes busy enough. I wish thed put Red Line oil in it though. Really good stuff, but about $5 a quart.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6512 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (13 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
I sure do change my own oil. Then I dump the used oil on the weeds in my yard. Kills 'em fairly well too.
Well.......maybe I don't really pour it on the weeds. I do change it myself though. It is a 45 minute drive to the nearest "SuperQuickJiffyWechangefor 19.96" location. Since I can do the job in just over 10 minutes while enjoying a cold beer, for USD $13.00, why would I do otherwise.
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