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Do you TAKE YOUR CAR TO THE LOCAL SHOP FOR OIL CHANGES?

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Old 12-08-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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Smile Do you TAKE YOUR CAR TO THE LOCAL SHOP FOR OIL CHANGES?

Do you?

I don't, but I might be considering it because its almost negative 11 degrees outside..

But here's the thing...by the time I buy the stuff and the filter, then factor in the time it takes to do the task, then compare it to the 20-30 bucks at the local shop, it's not really like saving me that much cash.

What are youse guyses thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:43 AM   #2
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:44 AM   #3
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find a place that you can trust as all is well. i know i couple of places in my area where i know some of the guys who work there and i know they will do what they say. i work at a dealer and still hate taking my car to one. so being able to trust a place is a big deal to me.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:44 AM   #4
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do it your self who knows who they have working i dont want those guys touching my car
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:56 AM   #6
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I dont do it, my driveway sucks major *** to work on cars. I trust my shop, plus I watch them do it to make sure they dont miss anything. I tried changing the oil in my Taurass in my driveway last summer, never again. Such a pain in my ***. Unless I can use a lift then I will pay the extra $3 to have someone else do it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:59 AM   #7
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I buy the parts and tell them to use them but mine goes to dealer... my current driveway just isn't agreeable on doing it myself....
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You only save $5 or so doing it yourself.

Do it if you enjoy doing it. Do it if you don't trust the place you're taking it to. Those are really the only two reasons I can think of to justify doing it yourself.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:18 AM   #9
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only if a small asian girl works there, other wise I will do it my self
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:26 AM   #10
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$5? You guys must have a really cheap shop. If I do it myself, I spend the same to put in Mobil 1 with a Mobil 1 filter as the shop would charge to put in whatever regular crap they use. Plus, I don't want them touching my car unless they have to, last time I had a shop change my oil, they overtightened the oil filter and it took me over an hour to work it off... eff that, I should be able to take it off by hand.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:29 AM   #11
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I do mine in the garage and its heated when i need it to be. 32 degrees right now and changed the oil before storage when it was warmer....besides my car id too low to go to a quiklube!
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:33 AM   #12
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I would do it myself even if it cost more. I enjoy the bonding time with my car.
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$5? You guys must have a really cheap shop.
The dealer only charges about $5 over what I would pay to buy Mobil 1 and a MC filter from Wal-Mart. Sure they use MC synthetic blend but it's a good oil and IMO Mobil 1 is only marginally better.

I just started doing my own oil changes though. I like being responsible for it myself.
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while my car is under warranty i'm taking it to the dealership. my dealership has reasonable prices, free fountain drinks, popcorn, wireless internet and a movie room with a projection screen and theater seating! so, i WANT them to take their time!

not only that, but i bought it there, so when i have a problem they fix it and don't give me any grief. just got my fuel pump replaced under tsb 06-9-9 and all i had to do was tell them about it and no questions asked they did it!

now, once the warranty expires, i might start doing it myself.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:03 AM   #16
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I change my own oil on all my vehicles. I do have a nice shop to work in though with heat when needed.
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I just dont trust people working in my cars; most don't give a crap, so they attention to detail and quality is not there. When I do it, either I'll do it right or screw it up; but I know it's at least done completely!
How many times have you or someone you know had a oil change done at a place and either the oil filter or drain plug not put on tight enough, and it leaks?

PLUS, if you do it yourself, you also can checkout all other things under the car and spot leaks, worn out bushings, etc. that you wouldn't normally find out about until later (or too late). For example, spotting some antifreeze just as a water pump starts leaking and before it goes out. Or oil leaks, or whatever.
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I just dont trust people working in my cars; most don't give a crap, so they attention to detail and quality is not there. When I do it, either I'll do it right or screw it up; but I know it's at least done completely!
How many times have you or someone you know had a oil change done at a place and either the oil filter or drain plug not put on tight enough, and it leaks?

PLUS, if you do it yourself, you also can checkout all other things under the car and spot leaks, worn out bushings, etc. that you wouldn't normally find out about until later (or too late). For example, spotting some antifreeze just as a water pump starts leaking and before it goes out. Or oil leaks, or whatever.
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I am doing my own for now on. I made a thread about it last week. Morons stripped by oil pan drain plug.

http://www.mustangforums.com/forum/o...ange-when.html
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I have a garage so I do it myself, all 3 vehicles. And if I didn't have a garage, I'd still figure out where to do it myself in the dead of winter. I'LL be the only monkey doing oil changes on my Stang...
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