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Poll: DIY maintenance

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by applawman, Sep 23, 2009.

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Do you change your own oil?

Poll closed Oct 23, 2009.
  1. Don't let anyone else near my truck!

    85.4%
  2. Don't have the time

    5.5%
  3. Would rather pay someone else to do it

    9.1%
  1. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:07 PM
    #1
    applawman

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    How many of you change your own oil?
     
  2. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:21 PM
    #2
    gupster88

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    i can pretty much crawl under my truck without jacking it up. costs about $30 for the synthetic oil and K&n oil filter. compare that to the $60+ they charge for a synthetic oil change here in town...i change my oil
     
  3. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:49 PM
    #3
    007Tacoma

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    Yeah... when you can do it yourself with full synthetic for under $35 (versus $70+ at the stealership), its a no brainer for me. I always change my own oil.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:53 PM
    #4
    WilsonTheDog

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    ^This is true. My synthetic change costs $26.00 (Pennzoil Platinum and Purolator PureOne filter).
     
  5. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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    MiikeyD

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    sooo... i just changed my oil and for some reason this time its dripping a little from the screw, it wont really tighten for some reason esp after wiping it.. why? am i retarded (just kidding dont respond to that haha)
     
  6. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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    neslerrah

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    I enjoy doing my own oil changes.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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    LBtaco

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    I would do my own, its real easy but I gets em free from the stealer:)
     
  8. Sep 23, 2009 at 9:00 PM
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    SoCal Tom

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    Just did my first oil change tonight. I like that I can change the oil without jacking the truck up.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2009 at 9:12 PM
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    totmacher

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    Let the dealer do it until the prices got over $25 total. They just kept creeping up a bit more each time I went. For $25 I can do an OEM filter with synthetic oil (find it on sale for under $4/qt periodically around here).

    The first time I changed my own oil on this truck, there were 3 drainplug gaskets crushed together. Couldn't believe someone just left the old one on there.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2009 at 9:30 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    Its to easy to pay someone else to do it!!!!:eek:
     
  11. Sep 23, 2009 at 10:40 PM
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    neslerrah

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    x2!
     
  12. Sep 24, 2009 at 3:40 AM
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    TacomaDoug

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    I change my own oil. That way I know it's done right.
     
  13. Sep 24, 2009 at 4:13 AM
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    Janster

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    I do most of my own work, maintenance, repairs, mods, etc.

    Anytime I don't do something, is if It's a 'big job' and I don't have the time, tools, or knowledge to tackle it. Most of our vehicles are worry free (newer) however, my mother-in-laws vehicle has 80K miles on it and my husband and I maintain it and fix it for her. Older cars always need more attention.
     
  14. Sep 24, 2009 at 4:29 AM
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    KINGY2

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    they will never pull the oil plug on my truck .
    they pull it in the shop cold i imagine , instead of having the oil hot they pull the plug wait 2 minutes shove the plug back in instead of letting it drain more .
    besides i dont trust them to torque things right anyway .....they charge way too much ......and it is a good excuse to go out to the garage and drink a couple beers while your doing it .......rant over .
     
  15. Sep 24, 2009 at 4:39 AM
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    jandrews

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    Has nothing to do with cost for me. I want it done RIGHT, and I never trust a shop or dealership to do that.
     
  16. Sep 24, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    BIGLuke

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    I do as much of my own maint. as I can. Besides I like QuakerState and no oil place around me uses it.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    nad

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    i usually pay some one to do it, but I am about to try and do it myself, I will vote after I c how it goes
     
  18. Sep 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM
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    Jomama

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    Just fyi, pull apart a aftermarket oil filter and a oem filter and in most instances you will find far more quality in the OEM.... I buy the oem filters by the case, they are the same part# filter found on the 80-series Land Cruiser, and I think some of the other older cruisers.. No way I'm letting someone put a fram or something on mine..
     
  19. Sep 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM
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    Jeff

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    None currently, but I would like a better sounding exhaust and perhaps a cold air pack and some color coded step bars
    I like doing my own oil, don't have a garage to work in so its outside for me. I usually do two oil changes per year, as I put on only 12K . I use Mobil One syn and have started to use the Mobil One syn extended oil for my S.O's new 09 Subaru. I may change over to the extended oil at some point. However I never intend to run more than 6500 miles between changes on either vehicle.

    I think the Toyota dealers are OK with most things, what I would not do is go to the "speedy" oil change places , you know, oil change in 15 min type place. No way, cheap filters and some of the help, just doesn't cut it.
    I also agree that getting under the truck is easy and with the filter up top once the oil is out and plug back in,its quick.

    With regard so a small drip after tightening the plug, sometimes a little bit of grit gets on the washer. Just a small tug on the wrench usually does it.

    Jeff , 06 V6, SR5 , V6, Radiant Red
     
  20. Sep 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM
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    TheOtherGuy

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    is there a crush washer that needs to be replaced on the drain plug?
    If so, will Auto Zone have them?
     
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