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Today 11:01 AM
sailor And now we start to see canister filters being used again (not on our cars yet).
Today 12:27 AM
wavsine
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Originally Posted by RonMaiden View Post
With Ford charging me $20 I can't do it that cheap at home and with that price they use a semi-syn oil.
Admittedly, changing your oil at home can be a nasty job and I don't fault anybody for not wanting to do it. I am a control freak and like to know exactly what is going into my engine. Years ago, it was a far messier and more time consuming process when most cars had canister filters before the spin on filters became popular. Not only were the filter canisters messy but the separate rubber gaskets turned brittle and literally had to be dug out of the engine block in pieces before you could insert a new gasket. The advent of spin on filters made the do it yourself oil change a far more palatable procedure.
Today 12:01 AM
sailor We got off topic there Ron,

Arco-Zakus was quoting "Zen & the Art" to CanFocusFan who was afraid to touch things under the hood in general.
Yesterday 11:56 PM
RonMaiden With Ford charging me $20 I can't do it that cheap at home and with that price they use a semi-syn oil.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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).
Yesterday 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."
Yesterday 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
Yesterday 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.
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