Its just amazing the [censored] oil change places will do to make a buck. My buddy who is a pretty good wrench himself has started getting lazy the last few years so he tries to let the oil change outfits change his when he can. He hits the bargains and coupon things whenever he can. So a couple weeks ago he had one of those $15 coupons and took his 03 Grand Cherokee in.
Heís at my place addressing a few issues on the old beast and we decide to check the oil and other things. He told me he had it done someplace and his $15 coupon deal. He also mentioned that the guy said he had to charge him $5 extra because those grands took 6 quarts and the coupon was only good for 5. I thought that odd since I had owned 2 of those nasty trucks with the exactly same 4L and Selecttrack tranny and didnít recall ever buying extra single quarts, odd.
We take the stick and you guessed it way over.......about a quart. I measured out a quart in an old container marked it and drained it to the line. Checking it again the stick was dead bang on the line. What a coincidence right? Equally surprising was the wrench somehow not knowing those Jeeps only take 5 when they for years were one of the more popular cars around in snow country.
The next thing was how dirty the oil looked for 3 weeks sitting in the yard and 400 miles on it. It wasnít nasty but it sure looked more like well kept 3000+ than new to me for a car that ran well and wasnít an oil burner. The more I think about it I bet he simply dumped a new quart on top of the old and tossed on a filter
. Starts to make sense doesnít it?
I bet this sort of ďMISTAKEĒ
happens all over all the time which is why I always tell everybody. Do your own. If you canít or donít want to take it to that local small shop (the one all the locals use and worship the guy for his honestyĒ. With those big places and especially on deals you seldom know what oil you are getting and who knows which bargain budget filters you are getting.