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Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 06, 2017 09:35PM
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Do you change your own oil? Do you rotate your own tires?
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I change my own oil and rotate my own tires. 20
 
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I change my own oil. 10
 
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I rotate my own tires. 2
 
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Neither! Let someone else do it! 38
 
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Never either! Auto industry scams! 0
 
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Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 06, 2017 09:39PM
I used too, but keeping things clean and properly disposed of became a pain. Add in the $15 for oil and filter - I'll just give my mechanic $25 and be done with it.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 06, 2017 09:40PM
I used to do both. But one perq of getting paid better than I was 30 years ago is that I can afford to have someone else do it. They also have the lifts, large drain drums, etc that make it so much quicker.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 06, 2017 09:45PM
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JoeH
I used to do both. But one perq of getting paid better than I was 30 years ago is that I can afford to have someone else do it. They also have the lifts, large drain drums, etc that make it so much quicker.

Exactly.

Tire rotation is free most places and oil changes are next to nuthin with coupons, so no to both.

Changing your own oil means a having the right tools, including jack, jack stands, or ramps, plus the time it takes to buy oil and filter, plus disposal = PITA



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 06, 2017 09:48PM
With 7 cars total, I take care of our fleet. But the tires all have free rotations for life, and I have them check the brakes at the same time too.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 06, 2017 10:04PM
I guess I'm tempted to do it mostly because I can probably do it in less time than it would take me to go some place and get it done.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 06, 2017 10:06PM
That too. Especially if you do several in a row.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Pat
Date: September 06, 2017 10:09PM
Only stuff I don't do myself is tie rods and turbo.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: blooz
Date: September 06, 2017 10:10PM
I stopped years ago, when I decided I was tired of rust falling into my eyes while fixing my exhaust. Also dropping my dwell meter on the driveway and breaking it (are dwell meters still in use?) helped me understand that i did not have a vocation in auto repair.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 06, 2017 10:11PM
I can do it myself and have the tools, but I avoid it. When I'm in for other service or annual inspection, I have the garage change the oil and rotate tires as long as the interval is reasonably close and even if it's early. If things are overdue and a garage visit is not otherwise necessary, I'll do it, manly because I hate wasting half a day waiting or being without a car all day for a 15-minute procedure (for the garage; for me, it's a hour per vehicle all told.)



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 06, 2017 10:49PM
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blooz
I stopped years ago, when I decided I was tired of rust falling into my eyes while fixing my exhaust. Also dropping my dwell meter on the driveway and breaking it (are dwell meters still in use?) helped me understand that i did not have a vocation in auto repair.

Dwell meter? Oh, my...



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 06, 2017 10:50PM
What's the point? Get it? Points?
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: September 06, 2017 10:58PM
I used to change my own oil (and do front-end lubes) on our cars (usually two, though occasionally three), and changed to snowtires (which I kept on their own rims), and did other minor repairs (alternators, starter motors, the occasional fan relay, etc.). But a few years ago I found changing oil on my wife's Subaru was a bit of a pain, so let the garage do it. And then I decided that crawling around in the snow under my van in the winter, trying to hit all the lube points with a manual grease gun, was really not fun. So I let the garage do that one, too. It wounded my pride a little, but only a little.

Decades ago, when we had a long gravel driveway, I used to sprinkle the used oil out a plastic milk carton with holes punched in the bottom. Helped keep the dust down. Then the neighbors paved the driveway, so I ended up storing the dirty oil in old laundry-detergent cannisters. Our dump would take them, but I never got around to it, and then there were too many. Another good reason not to change my own oil.

Times change. Some cars, I'm told, don't even have oil drain plugs any more. My 2013 Ford Expedition doesn't have a transmission-oil dipstick, and doesn't have any grease zerks in the front end, either (my 1998 Chevy van had 14!). Then, I don't need to pull out the distributor from my '64 Rambler and install new points and condensor (it was easier to pull it out than to work bent over the fender). I was never much of a mechanic, but I enjoyed what little I did—now I'm just an anachronism. The kids don't know what I'm talking about.

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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 06, 2017 11:16PM
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I guess I'm tempted to do it mostly because I can probably do it in less time than it would take me to go some place and get it done.

The place I've been going to for years is a family owned shop that does it in 9 minutes and you don't have to get out of your car. Think of it as something like a car wash, cars line up in the back, drive through and exit onto the street. I can stop there when I'm driving past running other errands, it's quicker than just going out to buy the supplies for an oil change.

This place also has a mechanic that I've developed a good relationship with, and use him for bigger jobs.

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I buy tires at Costco and they do free rotate/balance on those while I'm shopping.

So, it is possible to minimize the time needed for basic car maintenance.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: September 06, 2017 11:35PM
I used to do almost all my own car maintenance until I started working as a mechanic. I still change the wiper blades myself.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 06, 2017 11:55PM
There's no app for that ?



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 07, 2017 12:08AM
Discount Tires just rotated my tires tuesday. for free. made an appointment and was out in 35 minutes. would have taken me hours to do it myself.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Carm
Date: September 07, 2017 12:10AM
Much easier to change it myself, cars require synthetic or synthetic blend, I prefer to use full synthetic and both cars take about 5.5 quarts of 5w-30. I don't trust the quick lube places and I don't like waiting. Auto parts stores take used motor oil for free. No big deal there, just dropping it off is a chore. I use an oil filter that I trust and I get to inspect the bottom front end for damaged boots/belts/etc. I do the rotations myself or take it to Americas Tire/Discount Tire . Bought the tire warranty and it's paid for itself already with one tire replaced and a few tire rotations.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 07, 2017 12:17AM
Our local solid waste service/recycling will take 2 1 gallon jugs of waste petroleum every 2 weeks. Just put at the curb with your recycling bin.

I save up used filters in my garage, and drop off at the local Jiffy Lube every year or so.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: September 07, 2017 12:33AM
I let the dealership change the oil and swap out the summer/winter tires. I used to do my own oil, a long time ago, but it was so messy and such a hassle to dispose of that I stopped. My back has probably improved enough that I could rotate my own tires but I just have the dealership do it when they change the oil so it's no big deal.
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Posted by: davester
Date: September 07, 2017 01:44AM
Rotate tires?...never. I occasionally change the oil if no other service is due, purely to save my time taking the car in. I use one of those suck through the dipstick gizmos...no muss, no fuss, no crawling under the car.



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Posted by: testcase
Date: September 07, 2017 05:46AM
I too used to do it all myself. Now, in my sixties, I no longer want to crawl under vehicles. I have two excellent mechanics I trust. With an appointment, the whole thing takes less than 30 minutes. .old fogey smiley
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 07, 2017 06:14AM
....you mean after the mud wrestling matches.......???



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: tenders
Date: September 07, 2017 06:51AM
I do my own brakes, and many other repairs, but oil changes and tire rotations are not worth doing myself.

I learned last year that coolant replacement isn't worth doing myself either.

Setup and cleanup and disposal take too much time compared to outsourcing cost.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 07, 2017 07:02AM
I change my own oil because I do it right. I let the tire place rotate my tires when I need a tire or two. Then when I get home I retorque the lugs.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: September 07, 2017 08:20AM
With few exceptions I've always done my own maintenance. I have a love/hate relationship with that. I have enough experience to gauge my limits, which helps.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: September 07, 2017 08:29AM
mattkime,

I used to do everything, but am to feeble now (back and legs are worthless-they keep me upright and mostly mobile, but that is all). Doing all of that let me find problems yet to happen. I found loose tie rods, worn brake pads before they ruined rotors, etc. I had a checklist I went over at each oil change and rotation. I still have a large compressor that I use to drain my irrigation system each fall.



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: September 07, 2017 08:45AM
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mattkime
I guess I'm tempted to do it mostly because I can probably do it in less time than it would take me to go some place and get it done.

This is part of why I do my own. Last time I took Camry in, I waited over two hours, and that's normal. Plus the drive to dealer. I just pick up oil/filter when I'm in a Walmart (!), I have ramps, and know it's done right with full synthetic Mobil 1.



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Posted by: rz
Date: September 07, 2017 08:54AM
I've reached that station in life where I'd rather have someone else perform tasks like that. The only thing I still do myself is mowing the lawn. It's sort of a zen thing for me.
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Posted by: TLB
Date: September 07, 2017 09:01AM
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rz
I've reached that station in life where I'd rather have someone else perform tasks like that. The only thing I still do myself is mowing the lawn. It's sort of a zen thing for me.

I am an adherent to the rz school of thought. Used to do my own auto maintenance religiously, even in subfreezing weather, but no more.
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Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: September 07, 2017 09:21AM
Poll seems to assume we all own automobiles.
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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 07, 2017 09:28AM
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GuyGene
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mattkime
I guess I'm tempted to do it mostly because I can probably do it in less time than it would take me to go some place and get it done.

This is part of why I do my own. Last time I took Camry in, I waited over two hours, and that's normal. Plus the drive to dealer. I just pick up oil/filter when I'm in a Walmart (!), I have ramps, and know it's done right with full synthetic Mobil 1.

When I had my truck I had cheap oil changes for life from Toyota. Yeah it could be a long wait, they had a pretty big service dept. They also had a courtesy van that would drive you home and pick you back up. Usually utilized for all day repairs ( overnites usuallly got a loaner car ) if the guy was waiting for the next passenger he could drop you off at the Mall for a while. Might not come pick you up as fast as a Uber ride but he'd come get ya.



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Posted by: michael_s
Date: September 07, 2017 09:45AM
I change the oil on our our cars. Still not sure why. Maybe 'cause I'm cheap. I usually pick up a few cases oil when I see it on sale.
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Posted by: Michael
Date: September 07, 2017 10:43AM
I'm faster than taking them in and I've found the oil over or under filled several times when I've taken them in, so I just do it myself.
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Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 07, 2017 10:43AM
I have never paid for an oil change. Too easy to do myself, and as others have mentioned the auto shops you buy from will take the old oil in return.

Every time I work on our older car several neighbor kids come over to see what I am doing. Great learning experience for them I figure since most people don't work on their cars here, and a lot of kids don't understand how an engine works. I've done oil changes, coolant, tire rotation, brakes, wipers, bulbs, starter, O2 sensors; replaced some body panels and engine gaskets on my previous cars. Don't have time for major repairs anymore though.

Newer car still has free service at the dealer, but after that runs out I will at least try to change the oil myself. They have a nice waiting room now with WiFi so that is a plus.
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 07, 2017 11:41AM
....many here love to.....'do it yourself'.....in the privacy of their own home.....



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 07, 2017 12:17PM
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Mr Downtown
Poll seems to assume we all own automobiles.

Because, as children, we all were lied to that we would all have jetpacks and hovercraft as adults. Since we have neither, we must rely on automobiles.
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Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: September 07, 2017 12:22PM
Keep local business in.. well, business. I don't do any of that.
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Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 07, 2017 12:27PM
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blooz
I stopped years ago, when I decided I was tired of rust falling into my eyes while fixing my exhaust. Also dropping my dwell meter on the driveway and breaking it (are dwell meters still in use?) helped me understand that i did not have a vocation in auto repair.

Need one ? I have a timing light / dwell meter I haven't used in... 30 years !
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Posted by: billb
Date: September 07, 2017 12:28PM
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Mr Downtown
Poll seems to assume we all own automobiles.

Pick choice number 5
everyone gets a trophy on this poll



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: September 07, 2017 03:25PM
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Racer X
With 7 cars total, I take care of our fleet. But the tires all have free rotations for life, and I have them check the brakes at the same time too.

True, plus they have impact air wrenches to really make sure those lug nuts are torqued up nice and snug… /sarc

Yeah, I don't trust service shops to do anything right, even oil changes and tire rotations.
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 07, 2017 03:52PM
The place I use has torque limiting extensions on their impact guns. They also have pressure regulators for the wheel impact guns.

When he was alive, my brother managed a tire store, so I likely know as much as most tire store technicians. I politely watch them very carefully.



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Posted by: mrlynn
Date: September 07, 2017 03:54PM
The shop I use is just a 15-minute walk away, so I can leave the car and walk back to pick it up when done, and I get a little exercise, too. Not so much with my year-long plantar fasciitis, not to mention last week's spider bite, but those are both resolving‚ I hope.

/Mr Lynn
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 07, 2017 03:58PM
Being able to walk there is a great bonus.
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 07, 2017 04:58PM
.....but can you walk.....like an Egyptian.....??



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 08, 2017 12:03PM
Both. Always.

I've read too many horror stories about loose (or stripped) drain plugs, over-torqued wheels, etc. It takes about 15 minutes for an oil change, and I know I'm putting in the right amount of the exact oil I want. It takes longer for tire rotation, but I count it as exercise. And I don't feel like waiting a few hours for a free tire rotation when the end result is usually "You should really get new tires/new brake pads/an alignment". Besides the only time I've heard of free tire rotation is if you bought tires from the place.
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 08, 2017 12:24PM
.....the best is to rotate your own tires.....in the privacy of your own.........



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Re: Do you change your own oil? Rotate your own tires?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 08, 2017 07:45PM
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mrlynn
Not so much with my year-long plantar fasciitis,
/Mr Lynn

well that's lousy

I thought 4 months was rough.



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