[QUOTE=bridaw;3111751]You are fortunate. Not everyone has a place to change their own. Many home owner associations and apartments do not allow.
I'm happy with Toyota of El Cajon.[/QUOTE
Just do what I have done in the past...do it in back of the parts store or in a wal-mart parking lot, just act like you know what your doing,"hey no problems here doododoodoo"!!!
Its pretty hard to spill a drop of oil on a 4.0 oil change anyways.......
Originally Posted by BlueT
Here is the issue. Dealer is best choice if somebody can not do their own maintenance but going to dealer does not mean truck is getting best care. For each case of somebody caughting no oil, I bet there are hundreds if not thousands of cases where nobody knows it happened.
Also its quality work. Mechanic does not care about somebody car. What he cares to get work requested done in shortest time so he can go and do another work. So if there is 2 lb of sand around oil cap its unlikely to be cleaned before pouring new oil. Cleaning up around spark plugs before removing them, not happening.
If you look for most of the cars that had lasted 300K miles and lets say 20 years those were serviced by owner.
Exactly how I feel. When its your vehicle you wipe the dirt off of the fill plugs, zerks, fill caps, plugs, ect.....Back in the day I worked for a oil/tire place and it left a VERY negative impression on how these people treated vehicles. Lets just say that wiping off a zerk was unheard of before greasing it, diff./tranny fill plugs that were caked in mud were never wiped off before checking the fluid, oil caked dirt always got into engine when removing oil fill caps, all of which was 100% going to get some if not lots of dirt into the moving parts of your truck/car. I dont want dirt in my stuff but thats just me.
Not to mention the cars that were dry started due to miscommunication between the person in the pit and the ones on top filling oil
Customers never even knew this would happen and we sure didnt fess up and tell them....oh yeah....STRIPPED OIL PAN PLUGS!!!! lots of those along with stripped diff/tranny plugs, fewer of those
BTW, this all went down over ten years ago in a Walmart tire and lube that was very busy over the six months I worked there, and almost EVERYONE who worked there while pretty cool guys and I liked them, had all just got out of the Arizona state prison system. State would hook em up with a job there so when they got out they could work on your car.....
Sorry, end rant