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Does anyone (or anyone's dp) change their own oil? I am spending about $30 per oil change, and about one oil change every month and a half or so. Is it worthwhile to change your own oil?
 

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That depends <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
First, the actual cost... a few quarts of oil should be less than $10 and a filter is $5, so the actual materials cost is 1/2. By the case it's lots less.<br><br>
Most auto supply stores will take the oil for disposal for free. You just need a container to put it in. My dh has one that holds 2 changes of oil, or you can use a low bucket or can.<br><br>
BUT then you have to factor in time, mess, etc. - I know my dh did all our changes for a long time, you have to jack the car up on something, or get ramps, and it's no fun in the cold, and one time on a windy day it gusted and blew oil all over the driveway.<br><br>
I can find a coupon in the local dollar clipper for a change for $20+tax. Sometimes less. The dealer charges $40. With the coupon to the local guy it's totally worth it to us to have them do it.
 

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Also, why so frequent? Are you driving that much? We get oil changes every 3 months or so, even if we go over the miles. The new synthetic oils can handle a lot more than 3000 miles of use.
 

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We have two cars- but we really only use the one. I work pretty far from where we live also. I have a Toyota, and on the Toyota webpage it actually says you can go 6000 miles!!!!<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I know this is stupid- but when I go that long without an oil change, the oil change people have flipped me so much sh*t about it and it kind of stresses me out. That's a stupid thing to worry about, I know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Do they give you a hard time because they pull the sticker off and see the last date, or because the oil is actually dirty?<br><br>
Just go to different places each time... that way you aren't in their computer for dates and miles, they can make the assumption you went somewhere else between changes.. and pull the sticker off the window! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We go back and forth between a few local places with good coupon deals and sometimes the dealer if we have something else that needs done that is under warranty or something... never has anyone said the oil was dirty, but I have gotten flack over the sticker "it's been too long!"<br><br>
ETA, if the oil is actually dirty you should be changing it that often... but I doubt it's dirty!
 

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I have to change my oil about ebery 3 months and its my firends DH. I call him and he will pick up my car while I am at work. He changes the oil, tops of all the fluids (washer and so on), and does a checklist of everything to else to make sure everything is ok. Oh and also checks my tire pressure. I pay around $25 so for me its worth it.
 

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I think it's worth it. I wish dh would change our oil. One of our cars is a Mercedes and the oil changes for it are outrageously expensive. I grew up with a father that changed the oil on our cars (I helped) and it's not that complicated.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do they give you a hard time because they pull the sticker off and see the last date, or because the oil is actually dirty?<br><br>
Just go to different places each time... that way you aren't in their computer for dates and miles, they can make the assumption you went somewhere else between changes.. and pull the sticker off the window! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I actually started pulling the sticker off of the window!!! They've never actually said it's dirty- they just go on and on about how it's been <i>6000</i> miles since my last oil change?!!! And they look at me like I'm a stupid girl that knows nothing about cars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><br>
I know it's easy- so maybe I'll just make dp do it now. We're thinking about buying a second car also, so it would be nice if we didn't have to pay for two oil changes every couple months.
 

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I think it's too much hassle to DIY, given how little it costs ($30) to pay someone and what our time is worth to us at this point (financially and psychologically.) And safety-wise, I don't see the point in DP or I hanging out underneath the jacked-up cars when the mechanic has much better equipment to do the job.<br><br>
We get it done every 3-4 months for each car (an Acura and a BMW). Both cars are older (92 and 95), and the engines seem quite content with that schedule.<br><br>
Of course, our mechanic is also only 2 miles away and can turn it around quickly so there's no real inconvenience.
 

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The oil change guys stress me out so much that I've started getting my dh to take it in.<br><br>
They always come up with some random problem that I "need" to pay $75 to have fixed. And, I don't think that they are real problems...."you need to have the engine blown out." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But, I too get that stupid girl look and start panicking.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The oil change guys stress me out so much that I've started getting my dh to take it in.<br><br>
They always come up with some random problem that I "need" to pay $75 to have fixed. And, I don't think that they are real problems...."you need to have the engine blown out." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But, I too get that stupid girl look and start panicking.</div>
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Someone who understands me! You wanna be my new best friend? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The oil change guys stress me out so much that I've started getting my dh to take it in.<br><br>
They always come up with some random problem that I "need" to pay $75 to have fixed. And, I don't think that they are real problems...."you need to have the engine blown out." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But, I too get that stupid girl look and start panicking.</div>
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I would look at the guy and say, "How interesting. The last time I was here, the mechanic told me the same thing. When I took it to our personal mechanic he told me that that was bullshit. Would you mind if I call my mechanic and have him talk to you?" Just to see what his reaction is. These guys are just trying to make an extra buck. They can't do anything to you if you refuse the extra service. No need to panic.
 

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Yah, the places we go always ask me if they can change the air filter too, but we have one that is washable and it gets washed... so they wanna toss my $$$$$ air filter and put in their disposable one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Everything the dealer tells me NEEDS done is all routine stuff they suggest, not things that NEED done. We have a local mechanic too, and we drop in there once in a while if the "needed" things are important and he gives us a much better estimate and idea of when we should do them.<br><br>
I just say no thanks to the guys pushing stuff and ask them to give me a list in writingn to take home... adn then I go to the next place with the better coupon next time!
 

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I just take my car in to have the oile changed. ($21.00) they check and top off all fluids, check lights, horn signals etc..<br><br>
My Dh is too busy to do it, and anyway if he had time, he'd put it off until the car blew up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm really bad about changing my oil. I've gone 8-9,000 miles between changes before. Fortunately, my Camry is very forgiving of my neglect.<br><br>
I've done it myself a few times, but it's such a hassle, I just watch for sales and pay to have it done somewhere.<br><br>
I too, get told that my car is in need of tons of repairs and maintenance. One time, the guy who worked on my car took out my air filter and in this stern voice he started to explain to me that he was very concerned about the filter because it was starting to collect debris. He even used a pencil to separate the folds and point to all the dust particles. I just said, "So what you're telling me is that my air filter is... <i>filtering the air?"</i>
 

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We change our own oil every 3 months or 3000 miles. It is so much cheaper this way. It only costs about $15. The better part of it, is that you can choose your own oil. You aren't given the cheap crappy stuff if you do your own. Its pretty easy to do. The only PITA is taking the old oil to dispose of.
 

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Yes aways has since we met 12yrs ago. And as a bonus he works at NAPA Auto parts so he gets all parts cheap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I change my own. When I was too heavily pg to fit under the car, I taught DH how to do it. It's easy and much cheaper. My onll downfall is I often forget to hae the oil disposed of and end up with a bucket of dirty oil sitting in the shed for too long.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm really bad about changing my oil. I've gone 8-9,000 miles between changes before. Fortunately, my Camry is very forgiving of my neglect.</div>
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I also have a camry! See my quote above- we only need to change our oil every 10k miles! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I might start taking advantage of that. It does kind of scare me though...they pound into your head that you have to do it every 3k.
 
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