Originally Posted by Madcat207
So, having bought my 08 around 3 months ago, my oil change time has come. Now part of the deal was free SYNTHETIC oil changes for two years, problem is , I don't really trust dealerships. Hence, I am looking for advice :
I know where to check the oil filter, but is there anything else I should inspect manuallly?
They agreed to do the better synthetic, but I am not sure I trust them to put it in (vs the cheap stuff). Has anyone actually heard of going back with the vehicle and watching? I have thought of asking to do it, under the guise of learning more about my truck.. but I am not sure it would fly....
Mark the filter before going in. You can tell if it's new when you check the oil level after the service. After parking it awhile, check for any leaks from the filter and drain bolt. It can happen, even with new parts that were properly installed. I do these checks when I complete the work myself.
If any tire work was done, check that all of the nuts and trim rings are installed, and if you have a torque wrench, give them all a check. If you don't have a torque wrench, you can still check them, just don't go crazy tightening them.
Trust, but verify
is definitely the way to go when someone else works on your vehicle. There's nothing wrong with being careful, and ultimately, it's your money and safety at risk. Don't be shy about it checking things out on the dealer's lot; I know I will.