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Old 07-03-2009, 05:31 PM   #21
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When I get my oil changed, I watch every minute of it.

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Old 07-03-2009, 05:33 PM   #22
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When I get my oil changed, I watch every minute of it.
Same here. I have also gotten in the habit of checking the oil fill and tire pressure right after I leave. It has always been spot on, but you never know, guys doing it are human, mistakes happen.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:42 PM   #23
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I change my own, because it is cheaper,

Yep- same here.


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and gives me an excuse to be in the garage drinking a beer.

That goes for brewing an grilling out, too!
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Old 07-03-2009, 06:03 PM   #24
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I always used to change my own oil. Now I don't and I love it. It is awesome having someone else do it for me. Plus they check everything on the car for me, all while I am sitting in air conditioning wearing a white suit with a red carnation in the lapel. OK not really, but it is pretty nice not doing it.

I always have them show me the dipstick, that is a great check. I have confidence int he place I go and they check all the systems on my car in 15 minutes for $30. Once every couple of months that is definitely worth it in my book.

Sure it is way cheaper to do it myself, but that is about the only luxury I have given myself since graduating from college. That and nice haircuts. Those are worth it too.

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Old 07-03-2009, 06:37 PM   #25
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Sure it is way cheaper to do it myself, but that is about the only luxury I have given myself since graduating from college. That and nice haircuts. Those are worth it too.
That's the complete opposite of me, those are two things that I can't imagine myself ever paying for.
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Old 07-03-2009, 06:49 PM   #26
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I change the oil in my cars now. Wal-mart stripped out my oil plug, siliconed it back in (I should have wondered why it took so long). Next time I went to change it myself I saw what they'd done, I called them and talked and went in and talked and they wouldn't do anything about it. I had to fix the oil pan myself.

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Old 07-03-2009, 07:23 PM   #27
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My new-to-me 4x4 got shorted 2 quarts on the first oil change. I had it in for a general tuneup and fix after buying it last fall. Easy mistake, as the 2.0L engine takes 4 quarts, the 2.6L engine 5, but I've got the 2.6L 4x4, which takes 6. Put a tag on the air cleaner as a reminder.

It runs on a 40:1 gas-oil mix, so I have to check it frequently.

(That's burning a quart every 200 miles)

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Old 07-03-2009, 07:31 PM   #28
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I dunno, I like changing my own oil. it gives me something to do; one of the things that keeps me busy.

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Old 07-03-2009, 07:45 PM   #29
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We had a '92 Saturn sedan that after a number of years started to burn oil. Apparently this was common with this model. The only evidence we were burning oil was there were no leaks to explain why we lost oil. I figure with all of the anti-pollutions devices on modern cars you have to have a bad leak into the pistons before you see any blue smoke

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D@mn $30 for an oil change, and its done for you? That's cheap, and I change my own oil. Then again I use royal purple in the cobra and my truck is a 7.3 powerstroke. The truck alone uses nearly 4 gallons of oil.

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