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DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. #4463880
07/19/17 11:35 AM
07/19/17 11:35 AM
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DFW, TX
Ddubya Offline OP
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When I was 16 years old, I changed the oil one time each in our family cars at the time, a '72 Nova, '69 Stingray, '84 Volvo 740, and '85 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo, and didn't do it again for almost 30 years.

Since then, I've almost exclusively used quick lube type places, sometimes bringing my own oil and filter to make sure I got exactly what I wanted, other times just getting whatever they had in the correct grade. This technique didn't seem to cause any issues at all; in fact I put 186K miles on a 91 Mercury Cougar XR-7 (5.0 V8) over 10+ years using mostly bulk dino oil every 3 or 4 thousand miles, and it was still going strong when I sold it with the exception of a minor but worsening rear main seal leak.

Fast forward 30 years and I've been changing my own oil (thanks to BITOG) for a few years now. I changed the oil in our Cadillac DTS early this morning (6 qts Castrol Edge EP, 1 can of Liqui Moly Oil Saver, less than 1 qt of M1 0W-40, Fram Ultra filter). It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff, and I was done in 35 minutes start to finish, including clean up, and putting everything (ramps, tools, etc.) back in their proper place.

Last edited by Ddubya; 07/19/17 11:44 AM.

2017 Volvo S60 Inscription (Castrol Edge Syn)
2010 Mazda 6i Touring (PP or Castrol Magnatec Syn)
2013 Ford Explorer V6 (company car) (Kendall Syn Blend)
2009 Caddy DTS (Castrol EP)
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4463887
07/19/17 11:41 AM
07/19/17 11:41 AM
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Waco, TX
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I really don't trust anyone to work on my vehicles, and never have since 1987.

Only exception: Scott Hubbard in Robinson, Texas is the best & most highly skilled manual transmission and rear differential guy I have ever met. It's just that he's booked solid for months at a time.

Everything else, I do myself.


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Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4463914
07/19/17 12:01 PM
07/19/17 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. In time, you will learn to slow down and enjoy the process even more. I.E. - "Honey, you've been out in the garage for 4 hours. What are you doing? I need help changing diapers.....garbage needs to be taken out.....can you clean up the dog poo in the yard...."

Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: doitmyself] #4463917
07/19/17 12:05 PM
07/19/17 12:05 PM
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Utah, USA
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Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. You need to slow down and enjoy the process more.


Exactly. A good quick oil change should last at least an hour. Quiet alone time to poke, look around, and be proactive with other stuff. cool


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1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4463918
07/19/17 12:07 PM
07/19/17 12:07 PM
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Balearic Islands , Spain
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I have never used quick oil change shops, never intend to, the end.


1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6, - Shell Helix HX3 20W-50 w/ 20% Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO.

1988 Ford Escort Mk4 Xr3i Cabrio, - Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40, w/ 30% Helix 3 20W-50.
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: doitmyself] #4463937
07/19/17 12:32 PM
07/19/17 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. In time, you will learn to slow down and enjoy the process even more. I.E. - "Honey, you've been out in the garage for 4 hours. What are you doing? I need help changing diapers.....garbage needs to be taken out.....can you clean up the dog poo in the yard...."


+1

Cant wait for the next oil change to come around !

Last edited by merconvvv; 07/19/17 12:33 PM.

1988 Mazda RX7 na PP 10w30 Noack 4.7
1994 Chrysler Concorde 3.3
1999 Ford Expedition 4.6 QSUD 10W30 NOACK 5.0
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4463941
07/19/17 12:41 PM
07/19/17 12:41 PM
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KS
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I worked at a Walmart Tire and Lube for about two weeks as a side job shortly after I got out of college. I wanted more money than my primary job provided and I wanted to work with my hands some.

I only lasted two weeks because I could not stand the shoddy work that was performed there. Lug nuts stripped or studs broken. Pull a dipstick to check oil, accidentky scrape it in the dirt on top of the engine and then just shove the dipstick down the tube without even wiping the dirt off. I have never had anything basic done by anyone other than myself or my employees since that time.

The customers were treated terribly as well. We were not allowed to give them an estimated time until we would get to them. Even if we knew that if everyone stayed in line the next person to get in line was 6 hours out we could not recommend they come back another time. This lead to customers frequently walking out in a fit of rage at having waited so long.

I could not stand being a part of it and quit.

Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: dpilot83] #4463963
07/19/17 12:58 PM
07/19/17 12:58 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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OP said, "...It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff..."

The CORRECT new stuff with a CORRECT / SPECIFIED QUALITY filter on YOUR SCHEDULE for LESS COST with NO DRIVING, NO WAITING leaving MORE MONEY to spend / invest the way YOU want.

Frankly, we don't know what you mean.

Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: doitmyself] #4463975
07/19/17 01:08 PM
07/19/17 01:08 PM
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DFW, TX
Ddubya Offline OP
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DFW, TX
Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. In time, you will learn to slow down and enjoy the process even more. I.E. - "Honey, you've been out in the garage for 4 hours. What are you doing? I need help changing diapers.....garbage needs to be taken out.....can you clean up the dog poo in the yard...."


Ha! I'll change the oil in my wife's Mazda within the next few weeks, so I'll try to slow down and enjoy it more next time. smile That one is REALLY easy. Dump in a 5qt jug of Castrol Magnatec, and done.

I do subscribe to your philosophy when detailing our cars. A wash/polish/wax/vacuum/dress takes me about 4 hours usually. And grilling/smoking too. It takes a LONG time to get the smoke level just right.

Last edited by Ddubya; 07/19/17 01:11 PM.

2017 Volvo S60 Inscription (Castrol Edge Syn)
2010 Mazda 6i Touring (PP or Castrol Magnatec Syn)
2013 Ford Explorer V6 (company car) (Kendall Syn Blend)
2009 Caddy DTS (Castrol EP)
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4463991
07/19/17 01:22 PM
07/19/17 01:22 PM
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5600 feet elevation, Arizona
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You're degradation is nearly complete. You'll know it's hopeless when you have 100 qts in stash "just because it was on sale". Good going, oil changes also allow you to inspect the underside as well, and if you're working on a high mileage vehicle, that's a good thing.


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Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4464017
07/19/17 01:41 PM
07/19/17 01:41 PM
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Manchester, England
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I echo the comments above;

The sense of satisfaction
None of the anxiety associated with the risk of someone else rushing the job and missing something
The opportunity to get under the car and have a poke about to identify potential problems BEFORE you break down
The amount of money you save
The opportunity to hide from other responsibilities for a couple of hours.

There are no downsides whatsoever!


Cable ties should hold it
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: 28oz] #4464030
07/19/17 01:53 PM
07/19/17 01:53 PM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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Dallas,Tx USA
Originally Posted By: 28oz
Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. You need to slow down and enjoy the process more.


Exactly. A good quick oil change should last at least an hour. Quiet alone time to poke, look around, and be proactive with other stuff. cool


And then celebrating a job well done with a few coldies laugh


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: aquariuscsm] #4464063
07/19/17 02:26 PM
07/19/17 02:26 PM
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Utah, USA
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Originally Posted By: 28oz
Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. You need to slow down and enjoy the process more.


Exactly. A good quick oil change should last at least an hour. Quiet alone time to poke, look around, and be proactive with other stuff. cool


And then celebrating a job well done with a few coldies laugh


Any chance to get underneath the Z and behold her underside. You know what I'm talking about, Aquariuscsm. laugh


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1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: Ddubya] #4464070
07/19/17 02:39 PM
07/19/17 02:39 PM
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NJ
Leo99 Offline
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NJ
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Originally Posted By: Ddubya
It was an oddly satisfying experience watching the old oil drain out and pouring in the new stuff,

This pretty much describes the illness many of us suffer here. In time, you will learn to slow down and enjoy the process even more. I.E. - "Honey, you've been out in the garage for 4 hours. What are you doing? I need help changing diapers.....garbage needs to be taken out.....can you clean up the dog poo in the yard...."


Ha! I'll change the oil in my wife's Mazda within the next few weeks, so I'll try to slow down and enjoy it more next time. smile That one is REALLY easy. Dump in a 5qt jug of Castrol Magnatec, and done.

I do subscribe to your philosophy when detailing our cars. A wash/polish/wax/vacuum/dress takes me about 4 hours usually. And grilling/smoking too. It takes a LONG time to get the smoke level just right.


LOL. My wife says I've got the only grill (komado) that takes hours to heat up to just the right temperature.


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles
2004 Rav4 359,000 miles
2015 Camry 59,000 miles
Re: DIY oil change - I am starting to get it. [Re: 28oz] #4464071
07/19/17 02:39 PM
07/19/17 02:39 PM
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Cali
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Cali
Have done my own oil changes since I got my first car, a 57 Fairlane with the T-bird 312, now in my mid 60's still changing, now I do both my daughters cars and Mommas. cheers

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