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While they may be a step up, the same problems can occur at dealerships too. It's not like dealerships put their highest paid most competent mechanic in charge of oil changes.

I remember a short lived mechanic at a shop I worked at who was asked to seek excellence elsewhere after forgetting to install the oil filter on one customer's vehicle and after drilling into the fuel tank on another when mounting a skid plate.

Nobody cares about your vehicle as much as you do. I try to do as much work as I can myself and try to seek out competent specialty shops for the work that is outside the realm of my capabilities/tool sets/time.

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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

Had oil changed at dealer last Thursday and they saw 2 computer updates were recommended... another reason to go to dealer for oil change.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

You should read the horror stories on the Corvette forums about lube places and even Chevy dealers ruining a simple oil change. The Z06 has a dry sump system with the big 11 qt. reservoir in plain site just under the passenger side wiper. But GM in its infinite wisdom decided to use the same valve cover that has the dummy oil fill cap as other models. There are many stories of untrained techs breaking the tabs off the valve cover oil fill cap and dumping the oil in that, causing major engine damage. That's why I do all my own oil changes on all my vehicles.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

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While they may be a step up, the same problems can occur at dealerships too. It's not like dealerships put their highest paid most competent mechanic in charge of oil changes.

I remember a short lived mechanic at a shop I worked at who was asked to seek excellence elsewhere after forgetting to install the oil filter on one customer's vehicle and after drilling into the fuel tank on another when mounting a skid plate.

Nobody cares about your vehicle as much as you do. I try to do as much work as I can myself and try to seek out competent specialty shops for the work that is outside the realm of my capabilities/tool sets/time.
That's true but I guess we have to trust someone for the bigger repairs. If 10 people tell me that the local Bob's garage is amazing and does great work then I'm more inclined to go there. I try to do as much as I can as well but when temperature is below zero I'm heading to my "guy"
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I would not be so trustful of Dealerships, either! Recently, I had my local Jeep dealer install the new 'longer' oil dipstick in my hemi motor. Simple job, yes? Well, 1/2 hour later they tell me it's ready. I go outside and I check out my Overland . . . greasy hand prints on the hood & oil drips all over the engine cowling. Unbelievable! I talk to the service advisor & show her the mess. She offers a free engine shampoo & clean! I said no thanks, but to make sure the tech gets his ass chewed out instead! I have since changed dealerships!
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You should read the horror stories on the Corvette forums about lube places and even Chevy dealers ruining a simple oil change. The Z06 has a dry sump system with the big 11 qt. reservoir in plain site just under the passenger side wiper. But GM in its infinite wisdom decided to use the same valve cover that has the dummy oil fill cap as other models. There are many stories of untrained techs breaking the tabs off the valve cover oil fill cap and dumping the oil in that, causing major engine damage. That's why I do all my own oil changes on all my vehicles.
That is disturbing.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

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Kinds reminds me of an old cutlass I had in the 80s. Worked on the engine. Next day I drove out of state for the weekend, came home and as soon as I shut the door in the driveway, a socket wrench I was using fell out from somewhere under the hood & landed in the driveway

I was about to post the same. I did the same a couple times after DIY work. When opened the hood I would see my tool sitting in the channel where I left it. Per the thread could have been much worse, but does happen even to us DIYs.
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I was about to post the same. I did the same a couple times after DIY work. When opened the hood I would see my tool sitting in the channel where I left it. Per the thread could have been much worse, but does happen even to us DIYs.

That could have turned out much worse! You got lucky . . .
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

I have received more tool gifts from my (old) dealer than anywhere else.
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

Haha I personally hate drop my car in ANY shop except doing myself unless something that I really can't do...

I got snap on led light in my trunk after service in fricking old jeep dealership... of course I won't call or give it back...
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

My first, only, and LAST experience with a lube joint was a memorable one back in the early 80's in Illinois with a "Jiffy Lube". I was driving a 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel back then, and it needed an oil change. It was Winter, and about 10F outside, so I didn't feel like crawling underneath the car to do it.

I got to Jiffy Lube right as they opened, and was the first, and only guy there. The guy was busily engaged in a fight with his girlfriend, and directed me into one of the racks. But only after telling her to, "STFU!". I was told to wait in the waiting room, (in a softer tone), as customers were not permitted in the service area. I told him to just change the oil and filter, and it only took 4 quarts.

After about 20 minutes he came in and told me, "I was all set"! (The girlfriend was still b!tching and moaning through all of this). I paid him and drove home. (About 4 miles). I stopped in my driveway, shut off the engine, and got out and opened the hood. I immediately saw the oil filler cap was missing from the valve cover. I looked all over and found it stuck between 2 ports of the intake manifold. It's a miracle it didn't fall out on to the ground. I then went to check the oil, and the dipstick was missing! It only took a second before I found it sitting in the small recessed area on the top of the radiator. I checked the oil and it was right up to the full mark.

He also went around checking the air pressure in the tires. Sure enough, every valve stem cap was screwed on by about 2 turns. Had I gone a few miles further, they would have all been lost. I then crawled under the car to make sure both the filter and drain plug were both tight. They were. So much so, the next time I changed the oil myself, I found the oil filter was on so tight, It started to collapse from my strap wrench with a pipe extension on it. I finally got it off with the old Phillips screwdriver pounded through it with a hammer trick...... But only after having oil leak everywhere, making a mess. After that I never went to a lube joint again, or ever will. As Ted Knight said in the movie "Caddyshack", "The world needs ditch diggers too!"
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Re: I'm done with Lube Joints

The last time I went to one of those places was about ten years ago. While my oil was being change this guy pulls out this card with all my trucks fluid samples on it. Tells me my differential fluid needs changing badly. I politely declined the service, but he kept on persisting I have it replaced. After a few minutes I'd had enough and told home the truth. I had just changed it maybe a couple thousand miles ago and that there is no way in hell that was my fluid. He finally left me alone and went on to the customer in the next bay. That was the last time. Now a take it to the dealership when I don't have time to do it myself and that's only because they do it for free.


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