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Old 02-17-2007, 06:39 PM   #21
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Re: Change own oil in your car?

It's free to take it to the recycling center, and I have a sealable oil collector like this:

Oil Collector

It works great.

I've given up changing the oil on my Tacoma. Optimally designed to make a mess. *&^*^ *&^*&%$%^$!

I've printed out a bunch of sheets of this checklist/record for when I change the oil :

Oil Change Record and Checklist
Date: __________
Car: Tacoma Echo Other: _______________
Odometer: ____________
Oil: Chevron 5W-30 Other: _____________
Equipment:
q Oil Filter Wrench
q Six quarts of oil
q Recycling container for discarded oil
q Wheel ramps
q Blocks to wedge behind tires
q Wrenches (14 mm for drain plug, socket for oil filter wrench)
q Hammer
q Funnel
q Rags
q Sawdust
q New oil filter (Tacoma: FO-8, Echo: Fram PH4967 or Toyota 90915-YZZA2)
q Newspaper
q Ziploc bag for old oil filter
q Grocery bag for drain pan, old oil filter
Procedure
q Drive around to heat up oil
q Drive up wheel ramps
q Set emergency brake firmly
q Place blocks around rear tires
q Open hood
q Place drain pan under drain plug
q Have rag handy
q Loosen drain plug with wrench
q Remove drain plug with fingers (adjust position as flow slows down!)
q Get Ziploc bag, (wait a while so that oil level is below filter?)
q Position newspaper or second pad for oil from the filter
q Remove oil filter, place it in Ziploc bag
q Remove oil filler cap
q Wait one hour for all oil to drain
q Spread oil around the rim of the new filter (with finger)
q Wipe oil filter seat with clean rag
q Put filter on, finger tight
q Tighten by ½ turn additional
q Replace the drain plug
q Put new oil in, check level with dipstick (Tacoma 5.2 Qt, Echo 3.9 Q)
q Close oil filler cap
q Close oil drain pan
q Double check oil filter, drain plug, oil filler cap, dipstick level
q Start engine and check for leaks
q Remove blocks
q Drive off ramps
q Clean up



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Re: Change own oil in your car?
Old 02-17-2007, 06:43 PM   #22
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Re: Change own oil in your car?

P.S. I looked into getting one of those quick change quick drain things. It's a nice idea, but remember that it doesn't save you more than 20 seconds or so. Most of the work is getting things ready, and replacing the oil filter.
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Old 02-17-2007, 06:52 PM   #23
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JC Whitney sell a filter relocation kit I've been tempted to buy. I could move the filter on our minivan to someplace accessible, and even mount it with the opening up. The $50-$65 price sems okay.
I had one of those on my Jeep and loved it! I was able to put the filter someplace that made sense and was easily accesible. I also put it in position to drain into itself so I didn't spill oil all over the driveway. I will be putting one on the Ram this summer, guaranteed.
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Old 02-17-2007, 07:15 PM   #24
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I do my own oil change mostly because I like putzing with my vehicle.

Makes sense if that's why you do it.

I have my cars done for $15.00 apiece and that includes a Lube Job.



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Old 02-17-2007, 07:53 PM   #25
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Yup, I don't do oil changes for the money savings. My vegetable garden, home canning, sausage-making, winemaking, DIY home repairs, and similar hobbies fall in the same category of costing me more time than the savings are worth. But, as long as I enjoy doing them, it's not work.

PS TomboneAl, that's the same used oil container I use. Thinking back, I believe I've had the same one for about 15 years. At a cost of about $8, I sure got my money's worth out of it.
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I have my cars done for $15.00 apiece and that includes a Lube Job.
Jarhead*. Thanks for the set-up, but I think I'll pass on this one.

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Whole loaf of wheat bread before he takes it in.

Al...you forgot

- accidentally wipe oily hands on pants
- curse self for being cocky and not changing out of a good pair of pants before the "2 minute oil change"
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This is a "luxury" we intend to continue in retirement ... just not worth changing ourselves anymore, IMHO.
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Remove drain plug with fingers (adjust position as flow slows down!)
LOL...if this was my procedure I would add, after this, ~ "Aw, s**t, that dripping black oil is really hot on the fingers..." as I always seem to decide to change it about 5 minutes after driving around town... :P
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"Costs me about ten bucks to change my oil. Usually $3-5 for the filters on sale, and I buy "wolfs head" oild from sams club for a little over a buck a quart. The old timers will remember wolfs head as an old-time brand from way back. Pennzoil bought the name years ago and sells pennzoil under that name to hit the el-cheapos among us without diluting their brand."

Wolf's Head Holy Moley!..........I haven't seen that name on a "can" of oil in a looonnnggg time! My great-aunt Viola (died 10 yrs ago) and her husband uncle Haney (not making up the names!) used Wolf's Head. It was in the old can that you had to open with a can opener. I remember about 45 years ago that's what they put in their 1960-something Plymouth Valiant, LOL! I'll have to look for the WH in the stores, just for the memory. Those two were my all-time favorite relatives, not counting immediate family of course.
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http://www.wolfshead.com/
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How do you transport the oil to the waste center? Do you have some kind of sealable container that does not spill while driving (or walking) there?

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Empty kitty litter bucket with snap seal lid here. Also take it to local grain co-op where they use it in their fuel heater or it can be taken to recycling center.
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Well.........it don't look like the old green & white Wolf's Head oil cans I remember from way back when...but I guess time marches on! : Thanks for the link!
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This is how my last oil change went:


Do-It-Yourself Oil Changes


1. Go to auto parts store and write a check for $50.00 for oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and two scented trees.
2. Discover that the used oil container is full. Instead of taking it back to O'Reilly's to recycle, dump it in the hole in the back yard.
3. Open a beer and drink it.
4. Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7. Place drain pan under engine.
8. Look for 19mm box end wrench.
9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
10. Unscrew drain plug.
11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil, getting hot oil all over yourself in the process.
12. Clean up mess.
13. Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14. Look for oil filter wrench.
15. Give up; poke oil filter with screwdriver and twist off.
16. Beer.
17. Buddy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Finish oil change tomorrow.
18. Next day, drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car.
19. Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20. Beer? No, drank it all yesterday.
21. Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22. Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.
23. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24. Remember drain plug from step 11.
25. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26. Discover that the used oil is buried in the hole in the back yard, along with drain plug.
27. Drink beer.
28. Uncover hole and sift for drain plug.
29. Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor.
30. Drink beer.
31. Slip with wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame.
32. Bang head on suspension cross-member in reaction to step 31.
33. Begin cussing fit.
34. Throw wrench.
35. Cuss for additional 10 minutes because wrench hit Miss December (1992) in the left boob.
36. Beer.
37. Clean up hands and forehead and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
38. Beer.
39. Beer.
40. Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
41. Beer.
42. Lower car from jack stands.
43. Accidentally crush one of the jack stands.
44. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during step 23.
45. Beer.
46. Test drive car.
47. Get pulled over and arrested for Driving Under the Influence.
48. Vig gets impounded.
49. Make bail.
50. Get Vig from impound yard.

Money spent:
• $50.00 parts
• $25.00 beer
• $75.00 replacement set of jack stands. (Hey, the colors have to match!)
• $1,000.00 Bail
• $200.00 Impound and towing fee
TOTAL = $1,350.00

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Reminds me of a tale I heard:

Husband is going to change oil in wife's car.

Gets car up on ramps and slides under.

Oil filter will not budge.

Husband slides back out, fetches oil filter wrench and slides back under car.

Oil filter will still not budge.

Wife says: 'take car to garage'.

Husband feels manhood questioned.

He knows a trick his uncle told him: 'stab screwdriver through filter and use as handle to twist off'.

Wife says: 'take car to garage'.

Testosterone in full flow, husband slides under car, stabs oil filter, and it doesn't budge.

Tow truck is summoned and car is taken to garage where oil filter is chiseled off.

Husband asks: 'who put that old filter on too tight?'

Wife says: 'You did.'

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Oh man, that brought back a memory.

Changing the oil in my girlfriends '69 plymouth valiant...eh...around 1980ish. "I'm just gonna throw an oil change into it before we go over to your parents house" (that was around 9am). So at 4 in the afternoon, having crushed the filter can trying to remove it with the oil filter wrench, having torn the entire filter off except for the base with the 'screwdriver through it' trick, and having notched the base and hit it 8-9 times with a mallet and chisel lodged in the notch, I managed to break the entire assembly the oil filter attached to. Never did get that oil filter base off. Had to have it towed to a garage and fixed for a couple of hundred bucks.

You'd think that'd have put me off of oil changes for a while...

Anyone else notice that a plastic oil change pan at the auto store is $10 while a nearly identical plastic kitty litter pan is $3?
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Dh has a perfect way to change his oil, he asks for GC from all his kids for the local Jiffy Lube. The kids know he'll love what they give him and he doesn't have to pay to have the oil changed.

He does do his own oil changes on the bikes but the trucks and cars are just too much hassle for him.
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Trust Jiffy Lube?


http://mfile.akamai.com/12924/wmv/vo...52183.200k.asx

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Changing oil sounds fun. Maybe I'll try it some time.
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He knows the manager at the Jiffy lube he goes to , if he wasn't a friend he'd think twice.
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