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Do you change your oil yourself?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dougmays, Feb 2, 2009.

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Do you change your own oil?

  1. Yes i change my own oil each time

    140 vote(s)
    71.1%
  2. No i pay a shop to do it for me

    34 vote(s)
    17.3%
  3. Sometimes myself, sometimes pay for it

    23 vote(s)
    11.7%
  1. Feb 2, 2009 at 7:57 AM
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    dougmays

    dougmays [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Before my taco i used to change my oil all the time, on my old car but i also didn't rotate the wheels, with each oil change so obviously my tires wore out fast. So with the taco i just decided to get the oil changed and tires rotated and just pay for the work.

    But now that i'm getting new tires from firestone and they offer free rotation, i'm thinking of starting back to changing my oil myself.

    So the question is...how many people change there own oil or have someone do it for them?
     
  2. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    neontrail

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    I take mine to the dealership where I bought it...
     
  3. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:05 AM
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    jrw1965

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    I take mine in oil change & tires rotated every 6K, about 50 bucks. They can do it alot quicker than me or I'm lazy
     
  4. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    gonzo6up

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    i always change mine myself because i don't trust the quick oil change places in town and the dealer is an hour and a half away. Plus i enjoy it.
     
  5. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    MsTRD

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    i do it myself. i don't like anyone i don't know messing with my truck
     
  6. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    papabear050

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    I do it myself because

    1. I can use good synthetic oil for the same pirce I would pay for a regular oil change

    2. It is super f*kin easy.
     
  7. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:12 AM
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    rachunter

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    I agree 100% ^^^^^

    I know if I do it that it will be done right. I change oil and rotate tires every 5,000 miles and it takes me about 30 minutes to do both.
     
  8. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:12 AM
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    Demoncleaner

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    Always myself. $18-21 5Q of Pennzoil Platnium, $3 for Toyota filters. Less than $25 for the best stuff and know its done right.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM
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    harshest

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    I used to but I didn't like messing with the used oil.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:29 AM
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    DMZX

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    My dealer is 60 miles away and charges $29.95, so I always do it myself. And for $29.95 I can use quality filter and full synthetic oil.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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    mws4ua

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    I change my own oil, then take it to Goodyear where I have lifetime rotation/balance.

    The city where I live collects used oil once/year, so I just keep mine in an old 5-gal paint container until they're collecting.

    It's tough to beat an OEM filter plus synthetic oil all for about $25.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM
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    Delmarva

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    I do both... depends on how lazy I'm feeling...
     
  13. Feb 2, 2009 at 9:24 AM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    Myself. My truck hasn't been back to the dealer since I bought it, except to pick up a couple parts. It's just too easy on these vehicles, takes all of 15 mins and most of that is waiting for the oil to drain. I bring the used oil right to the trash collection spot a couple miles from my house where they have a big tank you pour it right into. Just changed my oil yesterday, actually.
     
  14. Feb 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM
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    missileman125fw

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    I always change the oil myself (I use synthetic). I've rotated my tires myself also but I can not balance them. So, I went to Tire Kingdom in Middleburg and paid them 60 bucks and got lifetime rotation and balancing. Anytime I want it done they'll do it for no extra charge.
     
  15. Feb 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    lsocoee

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    I don't trust myself to not screw it up, but I still do it anyway. I have fears while I'm turning the key that I forgot to put the drain plug back in.

    It takes me less time to change it myself than if I were to have someone else do it.
     
  16. Feb 2, 2009 at 10:17 AM
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    dougmays

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    When you say "Toyota" filter, do you mean a filter from the dealership?
     
  17. Feb 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM
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    Okkine

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    I'd like to, but unfortunately I live in an apartment where vehicle work is prohibited... They even came by and started snooping one day when I had to change a flat tire.
     
  18. Feb 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM
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    GT_Taco

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    I normally change my oil myself on my other vehicles.. but as I get free oil changes on the new Taco (thanks to the desperate car dealerships) .. I'll let the dealer deal with it.
     
  19. Feb 2, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    brianr

    brianr go shit in your hat

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    I like to do the work myself. That way I know it is done right.
     
  20. Feb 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM
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    Joe B

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    I do it myself on all my vehicles and always have.
    I like to use a brand of oil and filter I want and an oil change,especially on a 4.0L is so easy.
     
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