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Old 11-11-2011, 01:23 PM
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Just wondering what the deal is with the price of oil lately? Most conventional is almost 4.00 a qt and synthetic is almost 8.00 a qt. I remember picking up value brands for about .69 a qt when I was in high school. I changed the oil in my commuter car last week, I use mobile 1 because the cartridge filter is a pain so I can go longer between oil changes and it cost me almost 50.00 with oil and a filter. The worst part is, the filter is not a canister filter, its a cartridge filter and has no metal can.
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Yup, I drive the vehicles into the shop, put on the hoist approx 6' in the air...oil changes for me is a breeze! Actually I've got to do the the Misses car this weekend. When I change the oil I rotate the wheels and check the brakes. Just LOVE having a hoist.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Yup, I drive the vehicles into the shop, put on the hoist approx 6' in the air...oil changes for me is a breeze! Actually I've got to do the the Misses car this weekend. When I change the oil I rotate the wheels and check the brakes. Just LOVE having a hoist.
I bet you do!!! Gonna be the next thing to go in here......peak on center bay is 18'..

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Hoist or not, this filter must be removed by standing over the engine compartment. None the less, when gas prices went up a few years ago, so did oil. However oil never came back down. WTF?
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And I didn't respond to your original post...on some of our cars, yes. But it looks as if Toyota will pick up synthetic oil changes on my new Tundra for a few miles, so I won't be doing that one!
By the way, my ole TR3 had a cartridge filter, but hell, it's 50 yrs old! What do you drive???
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I bet you do!!! Gonna be the next thing to go in here......peak on center bay is 18'..
All I can say is if you are planning on getting one, get it sooner than later....because you'll still wonder why you never had one sooner.

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All I can say is if you are planning on getting one, get it sooner than later....because you'll still wonder why you never had one sooner.

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Cool...nice drain bucket and catch can....

They are all over craigslist around here..anywhere from $700 to $1700...

I have a good guy to install them...he has done several car club members and gets them right on. Being level and adjusted properly is important...
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Nope. My car tells me when it wants the oil changed and then Ford does it for free. Honestly, I haven't even seen under the hood of the car I have now. I have no idea what's in there.
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All I can say is if you are planning on getting one, get it sooner than later....because you'll still wonder why you never had one sooner.

Here's a pic of me in action.

And here I thought you were an old man with a lot of energy.
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And I didn't respond to your original post...on some of our cars, yes. But it looks as if Toyota will pick up synthetic oil changes on my new Tundra for a few miles, so I won't be doing that one!
By the way, my ole TR3 had a cartridge filter, but hell, it's 50 yrs old! What do you drive???

My commuter car is a chevy cobalt. Same motor as the HHR and a couple other models GM makes. Its such a pain, I have remove a plastic engine cover, tie the a/c lines out of the way and use channel locks at an awkward position to unscrew the filter cover because its under the intake manifold. Not to mention all the oil it spills every where. I was so supprised when I went to change the oil for the first time. I said to myself "cartridge filter, you have to be kidding me"! Never again will I buy a chevrolet. My Ford truck is a breeze, I can change the oil in no time. My friend has a lift like the previous poster has. Its real nice to have a lift I have to agree. Brakes, tire rotations, oil changes (routine maint.) are so quick and easy that its not even worth my time to drive down the street to use the lift.
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I change my own, put them up on ramps, it also gives me an opportunity to check out the undercarriage. Hey, '87 Maxima, '88 Jetta, they need TLC...but I love 'em! And they run like tops...
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All I can say is if you are planning on getting one, get it sooner than later....because you'll still wonder why you never had one sooner.

Here's a pic of me in action.

Got a little on your shirt
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I dont buy alot there but Walmart had 5 qt bottles of Mobil 1 for 25.96 the other day... I bought a couple of jugs..

On their website they have Valvoline synthetic 5 qt bottles for 21.00 a bottle and free local pickup
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Cool...nice drain bucket and catch can....

They are all over craigslist around here..anywhere from $700 to $1700...

I have a good guy to install them...he has done several car club members and gets them right on. Being level and adjusted properly is important...
True being level and adjusted properly is important, but it is so simple to do....it took a friend and I an afternoon.

I picked mine up used (garage auctioin) for $1,600...it retailed out around 6k. I put "new factory" cables on it @ $400 for the set...it just made me feel a whole lot safer knowing nothing was going to fail and I put a new axle pin in for $40...it was slightly worn. The best part is I can keep this unit for easy 10 - 20 yrs and get my same money out of it.


My gravity drain is a LINCOLN which I bought used for $50 (at another shop close out)....very nice unit! The last one on the page.

http://www.lincolnindustrial.com/asp...s/usedflui.asp

If you are interested in the used market on either product or other shop related tools talk with your local Snap-On or Mac Tool guys....they know who's going out of business, down sizing or thinning the overhead.
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I have a ford 7.3 diesel. I buy filters by the dozen on ebay and Shell Rotella oil at Sam's. I switched out my drain plug with a "valve" like this-http://www.quickoildrainvalve.com/

I have a 5 gallon bucket with about 2" cut off the top. I jack up the front end till bucket slides under, drain oil, spin off and replace filter then re-fill 'er with 13 quarts or so of oil. Doesn't take me long and saves me maybe 30 bucks or more versus quick change places.
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Originally Posted by osudaddy View Post
And here I thought you were an old man with a lot of energy.
I am. That pic was last year, I'm now 57.

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Got a little on your shirt
Nah, that's a rip. To bad too, I really like that shirt.
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I don't. I am mechanically challenged. I can change oil but the garage I have do it also checks fluids in both differentials, all other fluids, belts, inspection, tires, brakes, etc. I pay more but feel more confident than if I was doing it all.
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every 5k in the dmax and rotate the tires also, only amsoil in motor and tranny
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This is Jersey, we don't even pump our own gas
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