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Old 04-05-2008
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I've worked at 2 dealers around here, it rarely gets that bad to that point.
We were almost going to cover a lady's engine that seized due to not having an oil change since new. What gave it away is that Ford installs plain white filters and she still had it at 22k miles. If she had done at least one oil change most likely she would have been covered.
Heck I was given permission by Ford hot line to do head gaskets on a diesel under warranty, and it had ARP studs that were obviously torqued wrong.
As long as it looks clean and visually stock you are ok, good customer pay work is rare at dealerships so good warranty work may not get dropped easily.
u mean ford installs blue and the replacements are white :) at least this was the case back a few years ago when i was a ford tech
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u mean ford installs GREY and the replacements are white :) at least this was the case back a few years ago when i was a ford tech
fixed that for ya.
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I've taken a completely different approach.

I carefully choose my car/truck then buy it assuming 99% of any problem / maintenance it may have. My life is 100 times less aggravating now that I don't have to deal with incompetence, arrogance, and high prices that's *normal* at most car repair places / dealerships. If that means I gotta buy some scan tools. Fine. If that means I gotta do some internet research on how to fix it. Fine. If that means I have to do the work myself. Fine.

I've even recently replaced a part on the ranger that would have been covered under warrenty. It cost me $75 too. But just the fact that I did'nt have to deal with a dealership, taking off work, and being aggrivated by them **maybe** not finding the problem was well worth the cost to me. Shoot.. with a R-F search, $75, and less than three minutes of my time I had the problem resolved. (bad IAC & resetting the computer)

I find this attitude so much easier and cheaper then dealing with shops. Especially dealerships.

Good shops w/good workers are very far and few in between. There are a few out there. But not many. And unfortunately it's very hard to tell unless you have first hand experience with them.


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$25 to change my oil...My uncle has a garage and if we can do what needs to be done in his garage, then I guess its time to call the scrap yard to come get it.
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Old 04-06-2008
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I can change my oil by myself in 10 minutes and for a cost of about $20.

When you change you oil in -10 temps you learn to do it damn fast
Yep and you do it right the first time, unless you enjoy being frozen twice.
Been there, done that.
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I can change my oil by myself in 10 minutes and for a cost of about $20.

When you change you oil in -10 temps you learn to do it damn fast.
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Yep and you do it right the first time, unless you enjoy being frozen twice.
Been there, done that.
When its cold and I have to change the oil, I drive to wal-mart to pick up the oil. Get home pull into the garage. Let it sit for a half hour or until I can touch the exhast with out burning myself. Then pull the plug, swap the filter, by the time thats done the oil is drained. Put the plug in and pour in the oil.

Its not my prefered method but its better then a dealership.
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Wow man, that sucks. I work at a Big O and that sounds like a crappy Big O if you ask me. They should've told you right off the bat they were having problems with it. Its places like this that are killing the automotive industry's reputation, IMO.

Id talk to the owner/manager if you havent already. Sounds like something they did so, they should fix it.

Good Luck man. Id stick to changing my own oil. Hell I get free oil changes at my Big O but I dont use any of it. I personally, Dont trust the filters or the oil.
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