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Old 07-15-04, 21:11
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Default Change Your Own Oil?

I just got my oil changed and was shocked by the bill. What happened to a $20 oil change? So I was wondering, how hard/messy would it be to change your own oil? Would it be worth trying? Looking at some of the people who I saw there, it doesn't seem too complicated Besides, it only took them 10 minutes. The only thing that I think could make it tough is not being able to lift the car like they do. It doesn't seem like it would require many tools. I'm not that experienced with cars, but I am able to do technical and mechanical things. So is it worth it to change my own oil?
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Old 07-15-04, 21:16
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http://meme.essortment.com/carsoilchange_ruio.htm

that should do it

very simple stuff:D:D
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Old 07-15-04, 21:20
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Default Re: Change Your Own Oil?

It's not so much changing the oil that's the b**ch, it's the filter. Plus, you gotta figure-- even though they try to sell you air filters and wiper blades, that $24.99 also gets you fluids topped up, windows washed, tire pressure checked, and a vacuum. Look for a coupon in that Val-Pak envelope in the mail to save you a fiver. Or just do what I do-- tell them, damn, I left my coupon on the kitchen counter at home-- they'll give you a discount.
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Old 07-15-04, 23:12
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Gas stations accept oil? Will all gas stations take oil or only a few? I have never seen a sign or anything at a gas satation that said they would take used oil.
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Old 07-16-04, 00:25
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Default Re: Change Your Own Oil?

Most any of your autoparts stores take oil, the rule of thumb is basically if they sell it (in quantity) they have to take it.

Changing the oil on most cars isn't too bad. However, consider the fact that for 5 quarts of a decent oil and a decent filter you could be spending $12-15 dollars.. So if they are charging you $20-25 is it really worth the hassle?

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Wal-mart will do it for $15.99 (with Valvoline), 11.99 for generic Wallyworld oil. I'm sure you live near one, since the only place they haven't located is Antarctica(yet). I change the oil in my beater truck myself, but the dealer gave me free oil changes for as long as I own it when I bought my car.
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Old 07-16-04, 01:50
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Well besides the cost, I want to change my oil myself because the two times I had it done they screwed it up. The first time I got it done it was awful lol. They unplugged all kinds of sensors for some reason and didn't put them back in. All of the warning lights were randomlu blinking when I left the oil change place. So I came back and had them fix it. But that isn't all lol. About a two months later I was putting windsheild wiper fluid in and I found all the tools they left in my car! They left all sorts of wrenches and other types of tools right under the hood. I was amazed they hadn't fallen out or got caught in one of the belts :

The other time I had my oil change they ripped off all of the tape like material that defrosts the back windsheild. So I'm not looking forward to the winter very much. I'll have to fix that before then - just another project for me.

So maybe I have bad luck, but both of the times I had my oil changed it hasn't gone well. And if I screw something up, at least I will know not to do it again
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