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Re: Who changes your oil?

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I buy my oil when I am out running other errands, so I guess you could add 1 minute to walk to the oil aisle and place in cart. Oil filter goes in my garbage can and used oil gets recycled monthly when we take the other household items to the recycling plant. Oil change gets recorded in my maintenance log along with receipt, so add another 30 seconds. No need to enter it on Jeep's website. I mainly do it myself so I know it is done right and can use the oil and filter I want to. You can take your own oil to the dealer, but do you really know 100% that it is being used w/o actually watching the tech open the bottle and pour it in? Remember, the oil change tech is the bottom of the totem pole at the dealership. I used to work at a luxury brand dealership detailing cars and have seen what sometimes goes on in the service department.
Throwing the used oil filter in the garbage is illegal in most areas; it is full of hazards and you should take it to a recycler as hazardous waste. In our area, the public hazard waste pickups no longer accept used oil. We used to be able to dump it in the fire department catch cans. One needs to make another trip to the store where you purchased and turn it in (got to get value out of that oil recycle tax you know).

You may be a special shopping case and may be way underestimating the time shopping takes. I am one that does not routinely browse stores, so oil is a special trip to an auto parts store. The Hemi weight can be hard to find at any store. And then there is the time you need to check that the oil you are buying is still the best oil for you and that you are actually getting the oil you think you are getting and at a good price. You really don't want to be scammed by the oil companies or stores. I had a summer job at an oil bottling plant one time, and you may be surprised what ends up in the bottles

If I was as cynical about the dealer as you seem to be, I would not be letting them touch my car either. There are certainly incompetent service departments, but most in this area take pride in their work. They don't want any bad press out on the internet about how they can't even do an oil change J

You can't add service records on the Jeep website yourself, only a dealer can, and with a work order number.
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Re: Who changes your oil?

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The days of me performing my own oil changes are over. I used to do it to all my vehicles. Can't be bothered anymore. I Take it to the dealer. Not only do they do the oil change but they check their system to see if any updates are required, plus they add swirls/scratches to the SUV.

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Re: Who changes your oil?

I buy my Mobil1 at Costco...$26 on sale for a case of 6. I stock up every 3 months when the additional $10 off coupon comes out. They finally started carrying 5w-20 when I took delivery of the Jeep, so perfect timing!

You must be shopping at the wrong stores if you can't find 5w-20 easily! Also, as mentioned earlier, I don't need to see all my service records on Jeep's website to feel good. They are all in my maintenance log kept in the glove box. It has been discussed time and time before that the lifetime warranty won't be impacted if you choose to do your own maintenance...just keep records. I did purchase the lifetime warranty and if a warranty issue arises, the dealership will be fixing it out of their own pocket. As for normal maintenance, I can handle that.

I for one love my garage and have always loved wrenching on my vehicles and will continue to until I can no longer get up from my creeper.
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Re: Who changes your oil?

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Crap, you're too fast...I was about to address that comment.
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Re: Who changes your oil?

I think alot of it just boils down to some of us enjoy working on our own vehicles while others are probably a little scared or feel they have better things to do than crawl around their vehicle for 30 minutes or so and get a little dirt/oil on them.
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Re: Who changes your oil?

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Throwing the used oil filter in the garbage is illegal in most areas; it is full of hazards and you should take it to a recycler as hazardous waste. In our area, the public hazard waste pickups no longer accept used oil. We used to be able to dump it in the fire department catch cans. One needs to make another trip to the store where you purchased and turn it in (got to get value out of that oil recycle tax you know).

You may be a special shopping case and may be way underestimating the time shopping takes. I am one that does not routinely browse stores, so oil is a special trip to an auto parts store. The Hemi weight can be hard to find at any store. And then there is the time you need to check that the oil you are buying is still the best oil for you and that you are actually getting the oil you think you are getting and at a good price. You really don't want to be scammed by the oil companies or stores. I had a summer job at an oil bottling plant one time, and you may be surprised what ends up in the bottles

If I was as cynical about the dealer as you seem to be, I would not be letting them touch my car either. There are certainly incompetent service departments, but most in this area take pride in their work. They don't want any bad press out on the internet about how they can't even do an oil change J

You can't add service records on the Jeep website yourself, only a dealer can, and with a work order number.
I take my used oil and filters to Jiffy Boob. They are happy to get it since a reclycler pays them for all the used oil and filters he picks up from them and I am happy knowing the oil level, viscosity, and filter are all correct.
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Re: Who changes your oil?

I think I'll be looking for another facility to change the oil in my Jeep.

My story:
My wife takes our vehicles into the dealership for one reason only.
She has Fridays off work, and our dealership is over an hour away (we live in the country).
Oh, and she also negotiated parts at cost. (okay 2 reasons)
Now this has worked fine for the last 15 years.
Oil changes have typically cost me $50.00 or so.
And if something else needed doing, I'd write it down and it would get done.

Enter my new GC.
The very first oil change message JUST came up last week - 12,000 km.
Fine.
I called the dealership, and booked an appt. for this past Friday @ 2 PM.
I also explicitly said I want Synthetic Oil put in. Service manager told me, " oh well that will be more $$" I said, Fine, I know, but thats what I want.

SO as my wife is taking off in my Jeep on Friday the last thing I told her was to make sure she told them I wanted Synthetic Oil, and the tires rotated.

What do they do?
They put in regular oil. This, even after my wife and the service adviser on duty that afternoon discussed the fact that synthetic oil was to be used.
My wife noticed the error as she was scanning the Invoice. She asked, "where is the mention of synthetic oil?"
The service mgr looked at it, and said, "your right, it should say".
She disappears and a few minutes later came back, and said, "Sorry, he put in regular oil. Is that okay"
No, says the wife. ITs not ok.

Well, she got an argument but they finally agreed to R & R the old oil and put in synthetic.
They also could not locate the service book. Wife calls me and asks "where is the service book"?
I said in the top of the glove box, where its supposed to be. There is a spot for it.
Nobody could find it. Big mystery. So they didn't fill it out.
When she gets home she makes me show her where it was.
"Oh"!!! she says, never thought to look up there.
Well, I wasn't mad at her, but I figured the dealership should have know. Sheesh.

The bad news?
It cost me $168.84 for an oil change, filter, and rotate the tires.
Here is the bill. See for yourself.
I'm flabergasted.



So now, I'm looking too.
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...What do they do?
They put in regular oil. This, even after my wife and the service adviser on duty that afternoon discussed the fact that synthetic oil was to be used.
My wife noticed the error as she was scanning the Invoice. She asked, "where is the mention of synthetic oil?"
The service mgr looked at it, and said, "your right, it should say".
She disappears and a few minutes later came back, and said, "Sorry, he put in regular oil. Is that okay"
No, says the wife. ITs not ok.

Well, she got an argument but they finally agreed to R & R the old oil and put in synthetic....
I bet you they put in regular oil *again*, too. This time on purpose.
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Re: Who changes your oil?

from past experiences i always change the oil drain plug washer also, is this not required on our V8?
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Re: Who changes your oil?

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Throwing the used oil filter in the garbage is illegal in most areas; it is full of hazards and you should take it to a recycler as hazardous waste. In our area, the public hazard waste pickups no longer accept used oil. We used to be able to dump it in the fire department catch cans. One needs to make another trip to the store where you purchased and turn it in (got to get value out of that oil recycle tax you know).

You may be a special shopping case and may be way underestimating the time shopping takes. I am one that does not routinely browse stores, so oil is a special trip to an auto parts store. The Hemi weight can be hard to find at any store. And then there is the time you need to check that the oil you are buying is still the best oil for you and that you are actually getting the oil you think you are getting and at a good price. You really don't want to be scammed by the oil companies or stores. I had a summer job at an oil bottling plant one time, and you may be surprised what ends up in the bottles

If I was as cynical about the dealer as you seem to be, I would not be letting them touch my car either. There are certainly incompetent service departments, but most in this area take pride in their work. They don't want any bad press out on the internet about how they can't even do an oil change J

You can't add service records on the Jeep website yourself, only a dealer can, and with a work order number.
i used to put the old oil back into the containers i just emptied, but here lately we got a 55 gallon drum we put used oil, tranny fluid, etc in and the local garage uses it as heating oil for their waste oil heater gotta love being environmentally safe!!
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from past experiences i always change the oil drain plug washer also, is this not required on our V8?
Don't believe so. Its kind of built into the plug if I remember correctly.
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Don't believe so. Its kind of built into the plug if I remember correctly.
i was surprised to see the drain plug so small in diameter, not very robust looking - hope it doesn't strip easily.
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