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Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:58 am

Bit of a poll here.... I do. I also do plugs/wires, brakes, air cleaners, belts, pretty much all engine stuffs. But the good ol oil change is what im intrested in...
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:13 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Yes. I do all of my own work. Just changed the transmission in my 97 Grand Caravan. I haven't had time yet but I'm going to rebuild the old one.

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:26 am

Nope. There's a specialist for everything.  Smile
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:27 am

Yes, I do all my own maintenance. With my old VWs, I actually did some pretty intense work on them - I built an engine for my old '89 GTI and swapped it (along with a different transmission), and on both cars, I rebuilt the suspensions (front and rear) along with a ton of body and interior work.

As for my Merc, it is a hell of a lot more complicated than the VWs were, but I have managed to do all the usual maintenance, such as changing the oil (it still cost about $90 to do it myself), filters and spark plugs, as well as replacing the rear struts (one strut cost as much as the entire rear suspension of one of my VWs).
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:29 am

Quoting MrChips (Reply 3):
(it still cost about $90 to do it myself)

WTF? 90 bucks? is that CDN or US? Hell I do my oil and it costs me $15...
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:30 am

I used to change my own oil. Also have replaced water pumps, alternators, belts, etc. In 1980, I rebuilt the engine of my 1973 VW Camper Van after a valve launched itself through the cylinder head.

Nowdays I pay people to do all of the above. The most I do is change a windshield wiper.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:36 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 4):
WTF? 90 bucks? is that CDN or US? Hell I do my oil and it costs me $15

It's Canadian...and there's some good reasons. The car requires 7 quarts of synthetic oil (at about $35 per 4 quart jug), and the filter element (it isn't a standard screw-on oil filter like most cars) is almost $15 alone.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:38 am

I used to work for the old Mark C. Bloome,tire company
out here in the West Coast.So,I did my own work for a
long time.

Now I pay for all work done.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:38 am

Quoting MrChips (Reply 6):
It's Canadian...and there's some good reasons. The car requires 7 quarts of synthetic oil (at about $35 per 4 quart jug), and the filter element (it isn't a standard screw-on oil filter like most cars) is almost $15 alone

AH.... well mercs are still crap  Wink ONLY KIDDING.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:43 am

I always do. My 1997 Chevy Lumina has 138K miles, I bought it new and I never missed an oil change and she still runs great. I did however pay for the intake manifold gasket replacement ($950.00) I could have done it myself but it would have been a big job so I farmed it out. I put Valvoline syn-tech 5W 20 in my Honda. It costs me about 25 bucks. Best thing about it is not just that its cheaper ... its done right,
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:45 am

Quoting DC10GUY (Reply 9):
My 1997 Chevy Lumina has 138K miles,

My '96 is up at 113840 today  biggrin  Second car, First car loan. Im so proud of myself  Wink *pats shoulder*
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:47 am

No.

Light Speed Lube on O'Malley and Seward Highway.

Delo400 Synthetic in the BAFDT. Every 5000 miles (+/-).

It's $152.00 US. Damned 7.3ltr Diesel holds a LOT of oil!

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:57 am

I would but my truck is still under warrenty and more importantly I don't have a good place to do it.

One of these days I will have a nice paved driveway to do it on.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:58 am

Cadet57 is yours a 96 Lumina ??? 3.1 V6 ???
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:09 am

Saves a crapload of money on oil-changes. Yep I change it myself.

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:12 am

Nope when i bought my car the dealer threw in life time oil changes for me...every 5000k or 3 mos they change the oil..


Plus wash and vaccuum the car...


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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:14 am

On my older cars, absolutely... On my current car which I bought new in 2005 I would have but no one carried the oil filter for it other than the dealers. Since the dealer charged a good 15 bucks for it, I just payed the extra 10 dollars to have them change everything...

Thankfully now the oil filter is available at wal-mart etc
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:18 am

Yup, put me down for the oily hand brigade, I maintain all our 3 cars but at times wish i didn't!!!
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:24 am

Not a chance, my expertise lies else where, and for good reasons.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:26 am

Oil Change instructions for women:

1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since
the last oil change.
2) Drink a cup of coffee.
3) 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly
maintained vehicle.

Money spent:
Oil Change $20.00
Coffee $1.00
Total $21.00

Oil Change instructions for men:
1) Wait until Saturday, drive to Auto Zone parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.00.
2) Stop by 7 - 11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
3) Open a beer and drink it.
4) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7) Place drain pan under engine.
8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9) Give up and use crescent wrench.
10) Unscrew drain plug.
11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss.
12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
13) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.
15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
17) Buddy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so you can go see his new garage door opener.
18) Sunday: Skip church because "I gotta finish the oil change." Drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Cleverly dump oil in hole in back yard instead of taking it back to service station to recycle.
19) Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20) Beer? No, drank it all yesterday.
21) Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface, be sure filter is full of oil.
23) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24) Remember drain plug from step 11.
25) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26) Remember that the used oil is buried in a hole in the back yard, along with drain plug.
27) Drink beer.
28) Shovel out hole and sift oily mud for drain plug. Re-shovel oily dirt into hole. Steal sand from kids sandbox to cleverly cover oily patch of ground and avoid environmental penalties. Wash drain plug in lawnmower gas.
29) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
30) Drink beer.
31) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame.
32) Bang head on floorboards in reaction to step 31.
33) Begin cussing fit.
34) Throw stupid crescent wrench.
35) Cuss for additional 10 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy.
36) Beer.
37) Clean up hands and forehead and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
38) Beer.
39) Beer.
40) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
41) Beer.
42) Lower car from jack stands.
43) Accidentally crush remaining case of new motor oil.
44) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during steps 23 - 43.
45) Beer.
46) Test drive car.
47) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
48) Car gets impounded.
49) Call loving wife, make bail
50) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.

Money spent:
Parts $50.00
DUI $2500.00
Impound fee $75.00
Bail $1500.00
Beer $40.00
Total - - $4,165.00

But you know the job was done right!

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:29 am

Not any more. On my old car is carried out most of the maintenance to the best of my ability, but I'm going to take the new one to a pro who knows what their doing as I don't have a parts car laying around for the new one.
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:39 am

I never learned how to change the oil on my car, but I can change the spark plugs on my car and put a new air filter. One thing I could never figure out on the Saturn is how to change the wiper blades.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:39 pm

I used to do a lot of mechanical work on my cars back until the mid-1980's including brake pad replacement, replace bad starters, and of course, oil changes. While I may still do some simple things like replace the battery, a busted coolent hose, and so on, I just don't have the time, place, tools or skills to do other work any more. Too many cars require knowlege I don't have to do the job right.
As to oil changes, figure 5-6 quarts of oil at about $2.25/qt. and an oil filter at about $5, (so far that's $17+) then add the cost of my time and cleanup of the driveway, clothes, knuckle bandages, disposal of oil at recycling and that mess, cleaning up the drain pan and forgetaboutit. For about $10 more, quick lube place will do all of that, as well as top off the other fluids, vacuum the car, check the tires and so on.
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:02 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 22):
disposal of oil at recycling

I used to just take the old 40 weight and use it as bar oil in my Chainsaw.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:36 pm

No way. I could easily do it, I used to do it when I owned old Land Rovers. But it only costs about $25 at the local place and I'm pretty sure that if I was to buy the oil myself it would cost about $15. So I'd be saving myself $10 but it would take time, it's dirty, it's hot (wouldn't want to play with a car engine in 110 deg heat) and I'd run the risk of spilling the oil on my driveway. I'll happily let someone else get their hands dirty thanks.

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:01 pm

Quoting DC10GUY (Reply 13):
Cadet57 is yours a 96 Lumina ??? 3.1 V6 ???

Hi there DC10GUY. My wife has a 95 Lumina with a 3.1. Bought it new. Nice car.
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:11 pm

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:23 pm

No, I never change anything on my car itself. Especially nothing engine related. The only thing I manage to do myself is adding windshield cleaning liquid (or however it is called). And I *add* oil if it's missing.

Flat tire? Call the friendly breakdown service, they will replace it for free. Oil change? Visit the friendly car dealer.

There's a specialist for everything, and I'm not a car specialist, that's for sure. I'd probably damage it somehow if I changed the oil myself Big grin

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:38 pm

Errr no. I'd rather sit on my ass and read a paper while some guy in overalls with BO worse than sin fiddles with my wheels.

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:54 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
Bit of a poll here.... I do. I also do plugs/wires, brakes, air cleaners, belts, pretty much all engine stuffs. But the good ol oil change is what im intrested in...

I have the 2.0 of VW and man !!! ...how that engine suck oil ! I thought it was a leak but no... that engine suck a lot of oil !

Yes I do.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:04 pm

Yep, works out costing about £10, including oil and filter.
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:15 pm

Quoting YOWza (Reply 28):
Errr no. I'd rather sit on my ass and read a paper while some guy in overalls with BO worse than sin fiddles with my wheels.

Good thing. The oil isn't in your wheels.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:14 pm

i do all routine maintenance myself.. i just don't really trust anyone else doing it.

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 29):
I have the 2.0 of VW and man !!! ...how that engine suck oil ! I thought it was a leak but no... that engine suck a lot of oil !

Surprising, my 2.0 hardly uses any oil. i think maybe like 1/2 quart the last 3,000 miles.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:21 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 8):
AH.... well mercs are still crap Wink ONLY KIDDING.

you better be  Wink
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:46 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

My car's what? Seriously. I put gasoline in it. That's about all I can be trusted to do without screwing something up. I can and have changed a tire before by calling AAA.  checkmark 
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:53 pm

I have always done the oil, plugs and brakes. Still do the oil on my truck, use Mobil 1. The wife has a Benz that still has the maintenance plan, so I don't get into that, nor do I want to...
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:18 pm

No, I am too lazy to do it myself.

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:27 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 36):
No, I am too lazy to do it myself.

hear, hear!
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:29 pm

Not i.

Apparently they have shops who can do it in under 15 minutes  Wink. 15 mins is what it takes me to go to the store to buy the oil so for me it's more time efficient to have somebody else do it and the price is reasonable.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:31 pm

Quoting Komododx (Reply 19):
Oil Change instructions for men:

 praise 

Your right about that Komododx , !! Frankly I quit doing it. I have a nice garage down the road with good people workin thier. They do a good job and I trust them. If they go out of biz , guess I will be doing it again.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:39 pm

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 5):
Nowdays I pay people to do all of the above. The most I do is change a windshield wiper.

Same here.... I used to do all the maintenance on our vehicles, but nowadays I'd much rather pay to have it done. Better things to do with what little free time is available.
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:52 am

3 vehicles ( 1 daily driver that lives outside, 2 "hobby" cars ) all pampered by me. Perform all work myself ( other than wheel alignments or new tires ). It's a matter of personal pride, coupled with the fact I really don't trust anybody else. Nice thing about doing oil changes yourself is you can thouroughly inspect and clean the underside of your car while you're there.
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:03 am

I used to. I get oil changes done for $14.95 from my local Ford dealer. I've purchased my last five new personal vehicles (and four ambulance chassis) from him. He has a special rate for his loyal customers.

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:24 am

Quoting NKP S2 (Reply 41):
It's a matter of personal pride

Hi NKP

You hit the nail square on the head, thanks.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:26 am

i don't do any work on my car.. however, i do ALL the work on my motorcycle from oil change till.... you name it.
 
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:30 am

I used to change my own oil and filters and what not when I was younger and had the time to do it... (plus dad had ramps and all the tools!)  Wink

Not anymore... it costs about $20 to change your own oil in a standard car and I can have it down for just over $30 at the shop by my office... it is worth the $10 not to have to get dirty and waste the hour or so it takes to get it all done yourself...

Someone had mentioned a lower intake manifold gasket on a 3.1L V6... haha... I have replaced that twice in the last couple years on my 95 Beretta Z26 and the 2003 Grand Prix I had fairly recently... common problem!
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:38 am

I change the oil twice a year.
I change the oil once a year myself and I take it to the garage to do the second oil change in the year.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:47 am

Used to do it--when you were Gary Powers' kid, you learned how to change a flat, change your oil, and inspect your own brakes before you got to have a drivers' license. We did a lot of other easy things ourselves, too--tune-ups, brake jobs (there was a shop up the street that turned drums and rotors for us), wheel alignments... things like that. Dad was a mechanic for years and built race cars for fun, so we were always hanging around in the garage.

Nowadays, it makes a lot more sense to have a mechanic do the work on my car, and we've got a really good one here in town. And even though my dad still has a creeper in the garage, I don't see him being too eager to get on it for something like an oil change. Incidentally, the hassle of used oil disposal makes the prospect of doing it yourself especially unattractive around here--what do you guys do with the stuff?

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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:57 am

My wife and I have a 2002 Honda Accord EX. I change the oil, or at least try to, every 3000-3500 miles just to help preserve the engine for a little longer. Slightly expensive, but worth it in the long run I think.
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RE: Do You Change Your Cars Oil Yourself?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:31 am

Before I moved to PA 15 1/2 years ago, I changed the oil in my car all the time (having a driveway & a garage on the premises helps). Since moving to an apartment complex that does not allow tenants to perform oil changes (or any heavy duty car work) on the parking lots; I now have the oil changes done.
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