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Old 08-15-2008, 12:51 PM   #41
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I second the Wix filter recommendation..
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:05 PM   #42
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I just dribble oil all over the place, drop the filter a few times so it spatters all over, spill some of the new oil, finish up and wipe it up with a paper towel.

You guys are so anal retentive!
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I pay $14 and let someone else do it... granted, I feel less manly than you all, but still somehow smug in my decision.
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:50 PM   #44
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Another tip: feel the new filter with your hand for a few minutes
after startup; it oughta get noticeably warm within a minute or so.
If not, something serious is wrong. Unlikely, but you wanna catch
it if so.

For those with enough access, just use a big pair of channel-lock
pliers, as suggested elsewhere in this thread. They have many other
uses as well. Otherwise, end-cap wrench. Also, if your filter mounts
in the upright position (with the open end UP), after you've loosened it,
unscrew it with a plastic cup in your hand - the plastic cup will collect
the drippings.

If you must get someone else to change your oil, go to a real garage,
not a place like JiffyLube. They are (mostly) staffed by uncommonly
stupid teenagers. Changing oil ain't rocket science, but it NEEDS to be
done RIGHT. The ONE time in the last 30 years I went to one of these
places (I was on a long road-trip), the moron did not install a washer
on the drain-plug.
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Reminds me of that gag about the difference between a woman changing the oil and a guy changing the oil.
Oil change instructions for women & men… Just Humor Me
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Do all you do-it-yourselfers own a grease gun as well?
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Do all you do-it-yourselfers own a grease gun as well?
Of course! 3 of them, each with different grease, plus a mini for hard to get places.
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Do all you do-it-yourselfers own a grease gun as well?
Do they still make cars that have grease fittings that need to be
regularly serviced ? Neither my 1997 nor 2006 Subaru ...
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I had a couple each on my 1994 Trooper and my 2000 Expedition.
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Do they still make cars that have grease fittings that need to be
regularly serviced ? Neither my 1997 nor 2006 Subaru ...
Some have fittings and some have places for fittings but no fittings. Check for small plastic sealing plugs on tie rod ends and around the steering gear and ball joints. If you have the plugs they can be replaced with fittings and greased.

Which fittings you need?...............That's another story.
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Do they still make cars that have grease fittings that need to be
regularly serviced ? Neither my 1997 nor 2006 Subaru ...
12 on the front steering linkages of my 99 suburban, 8 on the rear axles of 88 Jag. 6 on the Simplicity lawn tractor, 2 on my 78 Honda mc. None on DW's Buick.
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Do all you do-it-yourselfers own a grease gun as well?
What for?

It's like asking one of today's kids to "dial" a phone, play a "record", or to "change a lightbulb"...

Another thing I don't miss about the submarine force-- greasing maintenance.
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What for?

It's like asking one of today's kids to "dial" a phone, play a "record", or to "change a lightbulb"...

Another thing I don't miss about the submarine force-- greasing maintenance.
I still have a grease gun from the days of greasing wheel bearings on my boat. But since I pay others to change my oil, I'm not entirely sure if my pickup has any zerks or not. My previous '92 Chev p/u had several.

I've even had a car (55 Ford) with a manual choke...
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I still have a grease gun from the days of greasing wheel bearings on my boat. But since I pay others to change my oil, I'm not entirely sure if my pickup has any zerks or not. My previous '92 Chev p/u had several.

I've even had a car (55 Ford) with a manual choke...
My '73 MG had a manual choke.
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I still have a grease gun from the days of greasing wheel bearings ...
Speaking of which, anybody want to buy a nice Sears timing light ?
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Speaking of which, anybody want to buy a nice Sears timing light ?
I have both a timing light and a dwell meter...

And a record player turntable!
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Speaking of which, anybody want to buy a nice Sears timing light ?
If you clip it to your IPOD, you can use it for a strobe light to augment your black light.
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