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Today 08:38 PM
sailor You read it!

Excellent!

IF you want to learn & save in the long run, the job's always worth doing if the cost of tools & parts is similar or less than it costs to have it done.

Next time a job comes up you have more tools/experience on hand & the costs go down.
Today 03:21 PM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by CanFocusFan View Post
... if I open the hood somethings bound to go wrong.
It is good to know your own limits and not cause more problems yourself than you might avoid by not trusting others to do the work. I guess I've just not been good at finding others who deserve to be trusted.

Also, having things "go wrong" happens to everyone who works on cars sooner or later. You can count on it. The trick is to keep your head (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) and figure out how make them right before too much damage is done. It also helps to start out learning on cheaper stuff, like old lawnmower engines and motor scooters. You don't want to learn about what stripping out aluminum threads feels like on an expensive new car.

The benefit is growing skills. Sometimes the tuition can be more expensive than paying someone else in the first place, but in the long run it pays off if someone has the desire and the commitment. And the time.
Today 08:18 AM
mukti
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Originally Posted by Dondi View Post
I have had my oil changed by Ford in my Focus because I have an extended warranty. Once the warranty is over I'll be doing it myself. I would never go to the "quick change" facilities. Cheap price means cheap oil (of who knows what viscosity or quality), cheap oil filter and wet behind the ears "mechanics."
I also have an extended warranty, but I believe you can still change your own oil. Just make sure to buy the oil/filter from your manual, and keep the receipts. Also, document it in your manual whenever you make the change (there's a section in the back).
Today 07:59 AM
Dondi I have had my oil changed by Ford in my Focus because I have an extended warranty. Once the warranty is over I'll be doing it myself. I would never go to the "quick change" facilities. Cheap price means cheap oil (of who knows what viscosity or quality), cheap oil filter and wet behind the ears "mechanics."
Today 07:59 AM
CanFocusFan Hi: All... Once had the oil filter blow off my Chrysler during an oil change when they started it to check the level. Good thing it was still on the hoist. What a mess!!! Not worth me getting my hands dirty. Besides if I open the hood somethings bound to go wrong.
CanFocusFan
Today 07:32 AM
Scougar If you want to go even further, you can send your oil away to be analyzed, and it can give a good indication of engine health. It 'can' allow you to see things like ring wear etc.
Today 12:10 AM
heyjayman
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Originally Posted by Dorzok View Post
So, y'all say there's some kind of "change yur oil" light or something? I just hit 5.000 miles and would normally can he it now.
It's variable based on how you drive. According to the manual, depending on whether the driving is Extreme, Severe, or Normal, the oil change reminder can come on anytime between 3,000-10,000 miles (4,000 - 16,000 km).

I don't think the Focus offers the ability to see oil life remaining, like my Impala does.

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Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus View Post
... and how much damage a rushed/careless tech/mechanic can do while performing a job even as simple as an oil change.
Of course, that is based on the assumption a mechanic is doing the oil change. Usually, it's the kid who last week was moving cars around in the lot.

I suppose after doing 10-30 oil changes, the kid might get good at it. Or perhaps not.

I take my time. After carefully watching YouTube videos, and the great tutorial on this forum, I took about an hour to do the first oil change on my Focus. I now will do an oil change in about half an hour, or an hour if I really take my time.
Yesterday 10:20 PM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by heyjayman View Post
... the average person would be amazed at how much they CAN catch while it is still a minor nuisance, not a failure on the side of the road.
... and how much damage a rushed/careless tech/mechanic can do while performing a job even as simple as an oil change.
Yesterday 09:11 PM
Dorzok So, y'all say there's some kind of "change yur oil" light or something? I just hit 5.000 miles and would normally can he it now.
Yesterday 07:51 PM
heyjayman
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Originally Posted by acsmith1972 View Post
I never had any issue at any oil change place.
I have had drain plugs stripped and leaking. I have had WAY too much oil put in. Grease and oil stains on my seat, the list goes on.

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Originally Posted by acsmith1972 View Post
And if they do ever screw something up they're liable. I've had to sue people before and never once lost.
I too have sued people and never lost, though generally I will let it go as it really isn't worth my time, aggravation, or sanity to deal with courts and lawyers.

I really don't like taking months and months to settle something.

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Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus View Post
I like having to work with lawyers even less than car repair shops. How did the time required to "sue people" compare to the time required to do an oil change?
You beat me to it

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Originally Posted by sailor View Post
Also a great time to look it over for issues that may be developing before they become real problems. Might even find something broken you didn't know about yet.

Peek at the brakes to check wear, silicone rubber items like the window & door seals, the list goes on for items that take time but save hassles in the long run.
My dad really emphasized those points about working on your own vehicle. And the average person would be amazed at how much they CAN catch while it is still a minor nuisance, not a failure on the side of the road.
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