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Old 05-13-2014, 01:23 PM
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My father took their car to a stealership and got them to change oilfilter and oil, but when we looked under the car due to oil spots in the driveway, then we looked and the stealership had rounded the oil bolt and threaded it wrong due to air power tools, so they had to cost a new oil pan and plugs and washers, since that episode we always do it ourself, then you can buy the filter you preffer, instead of the cheapest made in china paper filter, but buy a quality media filter that actually filters out some of the worst particles, plenty of vids on youtube on oilfilters and the differences. .

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Old 08-13-2014, 11:57 AM
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FORD in my area works on an appt basis and the wait is pretty long.

The time it takes to drive to FORD, wait for the services, drive back home, I could have changed the oil for a few dozen cars.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:28 PM
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I started changing my own about 10 years ago. Doing so has made me much more comfortable with doing other maintenance tasks I would not have tried to do.

I don't generally care for the $19.99 type of oil change specials they have at parts stores, mainly because they're often selling the lowest quality. I know O'Reilly often runs those with a Microgard (their cheapest) filter. If the oil is high quality and the deal is good, I might buy it, but I'll still get a Motorcraft filter since they're only about $3.50. I have a Microgard fiilter on hand if I ever have an emergency where I need a filter.

It is really good to know that you did the work yourself. If you don't want to do it, find a friend who is willing to do it for you and pay that person to do it! Keep the money closer to home!

I also avoid Jiffy Lube and other quicky-lube places like the plague. They are only for emergencies, and I will NEVER hand my keys to a Jiffy Lube employee after having read horror stories about them on the internet. I don't care if they have changed their practices, the fact that they have deliberately allowed employees to sabotage peoples' cars to make money tells me that they cannot be trusted!!

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