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MICHAEL712020
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5/12/11 10:03 A

Yes



TLCOVERT1
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5/12/11 12:23 A

I always did for years, mainly to make sure it was actually full synthetic oil that actually got put in it. Not really doable anymore in a wheel chair!


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WILKERSONR
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5/11/11 10:24 P

I can and have the ability to do so, but by the time you buy the oil and filter, crawl under it, reach over the top to fill it, gather your trash, then pay to dispose of your old oil. it is cheaper to pay someone else to do it.

Edited by: WILKERSONR at: 5/11/2011 (22:24)


GYMMAN59
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5/11/11 9:00 P

nope 20 dollars also and off to the bookstore then Ice tea and I go pick it up later in the day.



RUSSELL_40
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5/11/11 6:37 P

hell no.. it's $20 to get an oil change.. saving $20 isn't worth it.



MATT425
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5/11/11 2:28 P

yes



AARONKBAKER
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5/11/11 1:22 P

Only on my tractor. It's so old, it's almost foolproof. On the cars, no. It's not worth the time, effort, disposal issues, etc.



DREBEAR
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5/11/11 10:41 A

heck no, $35 for that and full auto detailing... cant beat it..



HGSGUY
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5/11/11 10:28 A

I used to, but now I have it done. I get coupons all the time and now my mechanic does it for $20.00, so can't see doing it myself.



TURBO111
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5/10/11 1:47 P

never have; never will.



SMAVER
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5/10/11 1:30 P

No way, is soooo cheap to have it done for me that, why worry ?



JSTCHLIN
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5/10/11 11:20 A

No, I used to but it's just not worth the hassle anymore. And the few dollars more it costs is reason enough for a way to properly/easily get rid of the oil.



N0_EQL
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5/10/11 7:23 A

I can and have, but don''t anymore. It is a cost/time issue. For time it takes to do change oil in my car, it is less expense to have someone else do it.

The exception to this is that I do all my own oil changes on my motorcycles. Mostly for the same reason. There are no "quick change shops" for motorcycles. Most shops work load, especially during riding season, do not allow for "while you wait" service. So for the time involved it is less expensive for me to do it myself.





BREWMASTERBILL
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5/10/11 6:42 A

Why?



WALKINGTALL85
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5/10/11 5:44 A

usually do it myself.



FITPRO77
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5/9/11 12:59 P

i never did



KCNEWF
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5/9/11 12:21 P

Change my own. I like to use synthetic motor oil and doing the change my self saves me from the premium that dealers and oil change places charge for synthetic oil.

I have heard of many nightmares of the quick change style places messing up a simple oil change.

When I change oil myself, I am assured that the job is done right.

Oil disposal? Not a problem. . . . The storm drain in the Walmart parking lot works well. You just have to make sure that you don't drop the oil plug down the storm drain when you remove it. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: KCNEWF at: 5/9/2011 (12:21)


DGNOVACK89
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5/9/11 10:44 A

Hell no. I wait for 'free oil change' coupons to come in the mail haha.



BOB1216
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5/9/11 10:35 A

I grew up on a farm and changed oil many times on everything from big tractors to boats to small lawn mowers. So I know how to do it. But I don't do that any more. It's not worth my time and hassle to do that. Plus there's more time/cost than just the oil and filter. Don't forget ramps, filter wrench, oil container, rags, funnel...plus the time/gas to take the oil somewhere when you're finished.

I also think personal preference is a big factor. Maybe if I enjoyed that kind of mechanical work I would change my own oil and replace my own brakes. But I don't. On the other hand, I do like taking care of the yard and landscaping.



JCATOE
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5/9/11 9:28 A

Don't exactly trust the people at the Jiffy Lube, but it just makes sense to let them change the oil. So not worth the effort and time to save the $5 - $10. If I had a lift bay, that might be different, but to have to get the ramps out and crawl up under there...



RDNKGOD
Posts: 231
5/9/11 9:22 A

Bill, I use to change my own oil but now I have a brand new 2010 Kia and with the warranty on it I take it to the dealership. When I changed my own oil it cost about $15 for the oil and filter then could change it in 15 minutes so it saved time and money.



BREWMASTERBILL
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5/9/11 7:44 A

I'm not real handy, so I've never considered the idea of changing my own oil. But I was talking to someone recently who mentioned that they don't trust their car with the rejects at quick oil change places. I thought the assessment of the employees there was a bit harsh, but apparently they know the innards of how the place is run. I wrote it off mostly. I mean, if you ever hear from someone who works at a particular restaurant they can always scare you out of eating there ever again.

To those that change their own oil, why do you do it? Savings? Trust issues w/ oil change shops? Maybe you enjoy it?



 
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