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First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone #4627018
01/07/18 02:37 PM
01/07/18 02:37 PM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 22
OH
CaptainBiggles Offline OP
CaptainBiggles  Offline OP
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OH
Hi Guys,

I've been lurking (and continue to lurk) the last few months after I purchased my first "newish" vehicle after years of getting by on slightly older cars and a lease I didn't have much control over. I learned as much as I could about maintenance and upkeep, and I really wanted to learn how to change the oil myself and what the options were.

There's such a wealth of knowledge here, collectively, in the community. Opinions too. They all range from oil brands, types, situational and contextual facts and figures. A general reliance upon facts, statistics, and bird-in-hand knowledge combined with wisdom and real world experience that I think you can't find anywhere else. You guys are all great. All of you. Even if you don't think you did, if you're reading this, you played some part in helping me learn how to properly take care of my car during my larger journey of research and hands-on work. Thank you.

It's a shame how something as integral as motor oil and engine health is given such a wide berth culturally in our society of ownership. There's this reinforced foregone conclusion that you have to put your fate in the hands of others to take care of this low-hanging fruit of upkeep. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all - I have a very good relationship with my local independent certified mechanics - but I had no idea how much I could be allowed to have a hand in knowing how to take care of such a huge personal investment as a vehicle. It just wasn't part of my education, upbringing, or anything. I don't even do it for cost-savings, or longer interval changes, or anything like that. I do it because I have the ability to know what I'm putting in my car, and how it happened. That is really cool to me, and something I really didn't think I could do.

I really do not have anyone else in my life to share this with, so with your collective permission and acceptance I hope to share it here. This mundane action that is incidentally insignificant, and hopefully indicative of broader experience and knowledge to come. It is trivial, and yet, it means a lot to me.

I fully expect the usual barrage of internet forum hijinks that range from collective yawns to positive rejoinders of support, but that's okay. You all have shared ownership being the architects of my journey. So this is for you regardless.

Anyway, cheers guys. I go back to blend into the background of this place but wanted to step out to say this. Have a great rest of your weekend. And a good week to follow.



2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L - 46,100mi
OEM Filter / 5w30 Mobil 1

2012 Kia Forte EX 2.0L - 64,000mi
OEM Filter / 5w20 Mobil 1 EP
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627024
01/07/18 02:40 PM
01/07/18 02:40 PM
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welcome

Where in Ohio are you buddy? smile

Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627026
01/07/18 02:41 PM
01/07/18 02:41 PM
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CaptainBiggles Offline OP
CaptainBiggles  Offline OP
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Columbus - originally from Toledo. smile


2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L - 46,100mi
OEM Filter / 5w30 Mobil 1

2012 Kia Forte EX 2.0L - 64,000mi
OEM Filter / 5w20 Mobil 1 EP
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627031
01/07/18 02:44 PM
01/07/18 02:44 PM
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 12,046
In the shop
53' Stude Online content
53' Stude  Online Content
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In the shop
Originally Posted By: CaptainBiggles
Columbus - originally from Toledo. smile


Rockets or Buckeye fan? Sorry, I gots to know. GO OSU!!


09' Camry LE

ST 5w30 and TG 4386(filter on for second 5k run)
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627035
01/07/18 02:47 PM
01/07/18 02:47 PM
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CaptainBiggles Offline OP
CaptainBiggles  Offline OP
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Well, Buckeye by circumstance but my mom is a prof at UT so I have to share that allegiance a lil bit. She's going to retire next year, in fact.

To make things even more complicated, I'm a Falcon.

Last edited by CaptainBiggles; 01/07/18 02:47 PM.

2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L - 46,100mi
OEM Filter / 5w30 Mobil 1

2012 Kia Forte EX 2.0L - 64,000mi
OEM Filter / 5w20 Mobil 1 EP
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627040
01/07/18 02:52 PM
01/07/18 02:52 PM
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Posts: 380
Washington, USA
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Washington, USA
Congrats on the oil change. I find myself looking forward to changing my oil. And I agree, it is amazing how few people change their own oil anymore. It doesnít help that most donít care and find going to a quick lube just as easy (and often cheaper if they bother to price check). When I tell people I change my own oil they look at me like I just started speaking Greek.


2016 F-150 3.5L Ecoboost
Current Oil: Castrol Magnatec 5W-30 and Fram Ultra filter
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627062
01/07/18 03:10 PM
01/07/18 03:10 PM
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Posts: 1,929
Spring,Texas
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Spring,Texas
welcome


16 Civic-QSUD 0W-20, XG7317
14 Civic-Idemitsu Zepro 0W-20, XG7317
05 Chevy 2500HD-QSUD 10W-30, XG3675
97 Accord Wagon-Havoline ProDS 10W-30, TG7317
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627088
01/07/18 03:38 PM
01/07/18 03:38 PM
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Texas
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Texas
cheers


2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with NAVI.....Mobil 1 0w20 AFE and Honda OEM Filter
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627089
01/07/18 03:38 PM
01/07/18 03:38 PM
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Jacksonville, FL
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Jacksonville, FL
I also really enjoy simple things such as oil changes, the satisfaction of knowing I did it, that it was done right and that I was the one who selected the components that were used. I also approve of your choice of oil and filter (not that it matters as it's your car and your decision to make). I just changed the oil on a coworkers Kia Soul this morning, it also was treated to an OEM filter replacing the Purolator that Pep Boys installed on its last service while I was overseas. It did not get M1 EP, it did get some Peak 5w30 from a Napa clearance.

Thanks for posting and enjoy the fruits of your labor!


Luke
P-3C and P-8A Maritime Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627094
01/07/18 03:42 PM
01/07/18 03:42 PM
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Down Under
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Down Under
Welcome and Congratulations !


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Castrol GTX Ultraclean 15W40 A3/B3 + Wesfil-Cooper Z154
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627096
01/07/18 03:42 PM
01/07/18 03:42 PM
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Michigan
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Michigan
Cool. Feels great to do things yourself.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627107
01/07/18 03:48 PM
01/07/18 03:48 PM
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 953
Rio Rancho, NM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Welcome young man! The OEM is well built for your application, but the efficiency ratings are not that great. I use the same oil filter in my Montero. I wish BITOG was online in the early 90's. lol. Digest the information and form your own opinions, based on facts. Kudos for changing your own oil!



Respectfully,

Pajero!


Always remember "Planned obsolescence."

1994 Montero SR 3.5 DOHC, 133,xxx
Fram Ultra/ Snorkel with Pre-filter
K-9-Co-pilot
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627109
01/07/18 03:50 PM
01/07/18 03:50 PM
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MN
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Nothing wrong with that! Congrats buddy. Good choice of oil, as well.

Personally, I detest doing oil changes.

Let me rephrase: I detest doing oil changes on OTHER PEOPLE'S cars. I'm a mechanic for a living, and besides there being no money to be made doing LOF's (lube, oil, filter) you constantly run into issues due to some one else's incompetence. Stripped drain plugs, filters installed by King Kong, pan savers, you name it.

That being said, I do enjoy changing my own oil. Checking that initial level to see how much oil it (didn't, in my case) use, enjoying the golden brown even after 5k miles because my car is well maintained, spinning off the filter with just a flick of the wrist because seated + 1/8 of a turn is MORE than enough. It's the little things in life I suppose, especially in this line of work.


2013 Chevrolet Volt - Saves enough in fuel to pay for itself!

2003 Cadillac Seville STS - The winter "beater", it uses the Volt's fuel
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: 14Accent] #4627294
01/07/18 06:27 PM
01/07/18 06:27 PM
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Posts: 3,371
Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Congrats on the oil change.

I always enjoy doing my own oil changes.


2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 Valvoline SynPower/Fram Ultra Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: First Oil Change - Thanks Everyone [Re: CaptainBiggles] #4627339
01/07/18 07:15 PM
01/07/18 07:15 PM
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Posts: 1,171
UT
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UT
Welcome. Glad to hear that you have joined the ranks of the oil change do-it-yourself crowd. Beyond the savings, it is very satisfying to be able to do maintenance on your own car, and be confident in exactly what has been done.


2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i - Idemitsu 0W-20 & Mobil 1 filter
2007 Mercedes SL550 - M1M 5W-40 & MB OEM filter
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