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Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: steve_
Date: March 21, 2006 06:36PM
I've got a new (to me) car and am looking for recommendations on where to take it for lube and oil changes. Any favorites or places to avoid?


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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Bixby
Date: March 21, 2006 06:53PM
Take it to your normal mechanic that you trust.

It usually costs about the same (even if it does take a little more time), you'll get quality service, and it lets the mechanic look over the car on a regular basis so that they may diagnosis possible issues.

That way you aren't letting Joe Schmoe high school student at the quickie lube put in too much oil or the wrong kind of other fluids...

And if you don't have a good, trusty mechanic, check out the Mechanix files at cartalk.com.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: March 21, 2006 07:10PM
The dealers used to be really expensive for routine service, but, at least around here, they've become very competitive price wise. Fast, too, but they'll wash my car if I'm willing to wait a bit longer. smiling smiley
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: March 21, 2006 07:19PM
Trade it when it needs new oil.

What do GREEN activists use to lube their mechanisms, by the way?



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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 21, 2006 07:21PM
Avoid the chains they have a repeated again and again sales pitch to add on additional charges. I have found a few good ones but they are the exception. When they start talking changing transmission fluid, time to screech on out of there.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 21, 2006 07:33PM
Why minty? trans fluid needs to be changed at specified intervals too.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 21, 2006 07:42PM
I think most chains suck, its all about the turnover rate.

The SO and a friend had problems with chains.

The SO, oil drain plug was hand tightened only, resulting in oil dripping onto the driveway.

My friend had his old drain plug overtightened and it was stripped. he had to wait a day and a half to get it fixed.

Carm
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: JEBB
Date: March 21, 2006 07:42PM
Marshal, just 4 blocks from my house is a very good mechanic. I recommend you go there too.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: March 21, 2006 07:46PM
Your driveway and 20 minutes off your time? smiling smiley

If not, I'd go with taking it to your usual mechanic and avoid the chains.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/21/2006 07:47PM by Golfer.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 21, 2006 07:48PM
I can usually Google a $3 coupon for Jiffy Lube.

Depending on where you live, that can make a pretty good dent in the price of service and unless you need a special grade of oil or a unique filter, there's not much difference between one place and the next for a basic oil change.

Wherever you go for service, remember that if they top off your tires you should check the pressure yourself with a good guage at the earliest opportunity. Those guages on the pumps aren't accurate and it's a rare service guy who remembers to check inside the door for the right inflation pressure before he inflates the tires.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: March 21, 2006 07:55PM
What Bixby said.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 21, 2006 08:03PM
Racer X, Tranny fluid needs to be changed every 50-75,000 miles but everytime you go into some of these places they said you need it. I had a Cressida that the manual did not even mention transmission fluid much less change it. Sure enough I found out too late. It did not even have a drain plug. I know you can vacuum it out but if it is so difficult it's probably a signal the manfacturer is not concerned. I just got rid of a dented up Buick with 165,000 miles with no trans fluid change ever and it was running fine.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: rexrzer
Date: March 21, 2006 08:06PM
I look at routine services as the time where your car should get checked out for more serious issues, as well as doing the lube and oil change. Only a qualified mechanic is capable of doing that. I avoid the chains like the plague. The only guy who touches my Mercedes 230C Kompressor sedan is the same guy who's been doing my services since 2003, when the factory warranty ended.

For our two Hondas, a 2004 CRV EX, and a 1990 Accord DX coupe, they have one Honda specialist who does everything. My CRV has never seen the dealer I bought it from since it was new; the Honda specialist is a former Service Manager/Shop Foreman at a large Honda store in SoCalifornia and he's the one we trust.

In short, stay away from the chain stores, and find a reputable mechanic who'll look after your new baby the way it needs to be looked after--with long term health being the goal.

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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 21, 2006 08:13PM
technically, if the auto trans fluid temp is low enough, it never needs changing. max life is at roughly 180 F, and that is around 100K. Every 10 F change is a factor of 2.

But with new cars running 205 thermostats, and running the fluid through the radiator to "cool" it, which actually heats it as far as I am concerned. So at 205 F, fluid life is around 18K.

There will always be cars that can get away with never changing it. there are FAR more that fail prematurely even when changed as recommended.

I managed a Jiffy Lube for 2 years, and looked at a lot of really bad ATF. You can hook up a trailer and ruin your ATF in 30 minutes, and the entire tranny in an hour.

And many, if not most manual transmissions don't have drain plugs. I think that is idiotic. Same with auto transmissions. But more and more import auto trannys do have drain plugs now.

Honestly, if a chain is following their own company policy and procedures, the oil change should be fine.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 21, 2006 08:50PM
I remember changing the tranny fluid on my first car. It did not have a drain plug. Very messy.

I change my tranny fluid every 24k miles. It only has had two fluid changes. The oil gets done every 3k as a habit.

Carm
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: March 21, 2006 10:14PM
This thread reminded me of one of my favorite cartoons of all time. It was in Playboy. This gal in a convertible is stopped at a gas station, and the driveway guy is just going to town on her chest. Boss is standing behind... "Luke! She said she wanted a LUBE job!"





Don't ask who the bell's for, dude. It's you.
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Anthony
Date: March 21, 2006 10:16PM
Not Midas...
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Gyrene
Date: March 21, 2006 11:27PM
Lube job? Do any cars now-a-days have grease fittings? My 1988 Toyota 4X4 has grease fittings on the drive shaft. I remember when cars had grease fittings for the suspension, but I've not see any in a very long time. Any out there?
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Re: Best place for lube and oil change service?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 22, 2006 12:08AM
some. But any replacement parts (read aftermarket not from the dealer) usually have Zerk fittings. The parts from the factory are "lubed for life" which means lubed for the life of the part, which isn't nearly as long as lubeable parts. It cuts out at least 2 mechanical steps and a fitting on every part that gets made to not be serviced. That saves money on every car built.
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