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Old 03-09-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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Dumb questions 101

I think I know the answer from this group... BUT while changing the oil in the wife's Pontiac I decided it is just too much hassle doing this myself anymore.... ya spill the crap on the driveway... clean that up.. take the old stuff to a proper recycling center... basically from start to finish it's about 2 hours from start to finish... my time is more valuable...

Sooo. How many of ya'll do it your self?

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Old 03-09-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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No I dont do it my self
the place I go has a two car special
for 35
After I buy the oil and filters
12 quarts= 20ish+
2 filters -8ish
28 in parts
SAVE 7 BUCKS my time and effort is worth more

I know most here do there own
and there was I time I did too but not anymore

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Old 03-09-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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I do my own oil changes. I like taking the time to poke around under it on the lift and check things out.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:28 PM   #4
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I do it myself sometimes, let shops do it sometimes. Just depends on the deals at the time. If I can save $10 or more, I do it myself. Other wise, I let them do it and just take a peak underneath when I get home.
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I do my own now, but used to have a deal with the Amigos for $10 if I brought my own oil/filter/washers. That was quick and easy.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:24 PM   #6
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I do my own now, but used to have a deal with the Amigos for $10 if I brought my own oil/filter/washers. That was quick and easy.
Jup............... are you OK? This isn't a political thread you know.
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i change my own oil and my hubby does his. it takes me more time to find the wrench than it does to change the oil. i do it at work and dispose of the oil in our oil disposal thingy. my husband does it at home usually. he fills a pail and then takes it in to where we work and disposes it in the same oil disposal thingy. there is a local guy who has a waste oil heater so he takes it off out hands when the thingy is full.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:48 PM   #8
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basically from start to finish it's about 2 hours from start to finish...
wow 2 hours? you gotta be doing something wrong !
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It takes me about 15 minutes.

I replaced my oil pan plug with one of these:



(the one with the nipple on it)

I put a zip tie on it to keep it from accidently being opened and it sits well up under the oil pan skid.

I cut the zip tie, put a hose on the nipple down into a 2gal jug and open the valve. No mess at all. After about 10 minutes, I pull the filter off and install a new one, close the valve and remove the hose (and install a new zip tie). Put in the new oil and I'm done. It's quick and there is no looking for wrenches or spilling hot oil.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:08 PM   #10
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i had considered getting something like that a few years ago, but i was afraid i'd accidentally break it off and lose all of my oil going down the highway.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:20 PM   #11
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I let Walmart do mine. My friend works there. I pay full-price, but $40 to change my oil and rotate my 35's can't beat it. No mess in mom's garage. Haha.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:53 PM   #12
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im not sure if the guys in the walmart tire & lube by me know which end of a wrench to hold. i'd be afraid that they would forget to add the oil or something.
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Hence my friend that works there, but the way I figured Wal-mart can afford to give me a slightly used motor if my oil is misplaced somehow.
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good point
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im not sure if the guys in the walmart tire & lube by me know which end of a wrench to hold. i'd be afraid that they would forget to add the oil or something.
funny cause its true !
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i do my own in all of my vehicles. its quick and easy and i hate to pay someone to do somehting i can do myself, especially if i have to sit there while they do it anyway. not to mention, on my truck most places want around ~100 bucks to do it.
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Are u kidding me???!!!! I am a gearhead chick and of course, I change it MYSELF!!
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if a shop were to change my oil they have to charge me an hour for clean up b/c of all of the mud.
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if a shop were to change my oil they have to charge me an hour for clean up b/c of all of the mud.
Lmao! That is a VERY good point, my dear!! Amazing the b.s. that they can "charge" us for anymore, isn't it?!!

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