Do your own oil change? - Page 3 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

View Poll Results: Do your own oil change?
Yes 138 86.79%
No 21 13.21%
Voters: 159. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #51  
Old 01-12-2006
blkb3's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Tolleson, Az
Posts: 443
i work at a dealership so i get to use a lift when i change my oil......or really when i do anything to my truck, one of the great perks of my job
Reply With Quote
  #52  
Old 01-13-2006
Sparki's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Richmond, Tx
Posts: 322
Quote:
Originally Posted by 034x4
My filter is REALLY easy to get too, a body lift and no inner fenders helps out alot.
ok...u suck ... jk --- i burn the sh*t out of myself (via the headers) every time i change my oil. (this occured when i would stand on the outside of the fender and reach over... so then i pondered "what about if i sit ON the engine" so i did - hoping i could get a better grip/angle so i wouldnt burn myself.... ... ya that didnt work... so then after burning myself and changing the oil successfully (this was the first time i changed it on THIS truck) -- i jacked up the front drivers side to take off the tire so i could check the brakes or whatever and noticed this little white thing from behind the wheel well liner thing... the oil filter... - so from then on thats how i continue to do it... takes a little longer but i dont burn myself as bad.
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 01-13-2006
FauX's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 992
I do, I hate changing my 6.0 Powerstroke though
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 01-13-2006
Sparki's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Richmond, Tx
Posts: 322
if u didnt live all they way up there -- id do it! i would love the experience!! :)
Reply With Quote
  #55  
Old 01-14-2006
kboyd62's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Katy, TX
Posts: 77
I always change mine. I use Mobil 1 on all my vehicles and have become a believer after the lack of problems and slightly better mileage. Even though it costs more, I can pick up 5 quarts at Wal-Mart for just over $20. Since it last so much longer (I usually let it go about 7K) it actually saves money in the long run. But I do make sure I get under there with the grease gun at the same time.
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 01-15-2006
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Oberlin, KS
Posts: 180
I rarely change my own oil, although I do ever now and then. I'm in good with a local mechanic and get it changed for $10 including the oil, I figure I don't have to crawl under and it's pretty much the same cost as buying the oil.
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 01-19-2006
Rolldogg's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 3,424
Always changed my own oil in all my vehicles. One thing I like about my Ranger, is that I don't need to break out the ramps, jacks, or block the wheels, I just slide on under there and giv'r. Only thing I'm not a huge fan of, is the placement of the oil filter. It's quite a task to try to fish your arm outta there trying to keep the filter upright as not to spill any oil all over the side of your block AND headers. Mmmm, burning oil.....yum!!
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 01-19-2006
AuthPineApple's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 420
I just go to walmart and have them change it while I browse for a new air freshener. I think thats the only time I go to walmart, actually, when I change my oil thats the only time I have been to walmart.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 01-19-2006
Monte X's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Canton, MI
Posts: 14
Yeah, I change my own, ALWAYS!

I've heard too many stories of stripped pans.

Plus I'd rather do it myself and know it gets done right, than to sit in a shop for nothing.
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 01-19-2006
AuthPineApple's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 420
I feel you there, to many weird people at the wal mart a a few cities over and waiting sometimes takes forever and i get bored and refuse to walk around in the actual store, lol. I should change my own oil but its 16 bucks for the change which isn't bad, and damn you guys with the lifted trucks! Last time I did it I had to use the ramps :P
Reply With Quote
  #61  
Old 01-19-2006
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: MI, U.S.A.
Posts: 322
I would never let someone else change my oil or any other service for that matter. I like specific oil and a specific filter. When you go to a quicky oil change place, they use bulk oil which isn't as good as the same oil in the single quarts. Just look at the prices that some places will do it for, you get exactley what you pay for...junk oil and a garbage filter. This in not opinion, this is fact!
Reply With Quote
  #62  
Old 01-19-2006
AuthPineApple's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 420
Well when I go to walmart I don't get the bulk oil cause its Penzoil and Im not into penzoil and they get it from the shelves, mainly casue my 00 has over 125,000 Miles so they put in different stuff. Im not to picky but it comes to makin sure my truck runs properly I am in that aspect, I think my main reason for not changing the oil myself is never being able to, between my work truck, boat and my sisters car in the driveway, that leaves me no where and Im not changing my oil on the street, they would probably give me a sitation here. But yeah, Got a lot of respect for those who do it on their own.
Reply With Quote
  #63  
Old 01-19-2006
buzzair's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: White Plains, NY
Posts: 2,341
Sure is a huge number of do-it-yourselfers with the oil changes. Next oil change I'm gonna go for it.
Reply With Quote
  #64  
Old 05-21-2006
shadow905's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Boerne, TX
Posts: 1,997
i used to not change my oil on my last truck because it was lowered. now that i have my ranger edge and its highger off the ground i probably will.
Reply With Quote
  #65  
Old 05-21-2006
pastfinder's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,252
When I first started driving, including my first truck, I would take it to a local Jiffy Lube who I trusted and I sat and watched them. They did good work and I was pleased. When I moved to TX, there were no Jiffy Lubes, or even Midas' so I ended up learning to do it myself. Takes me about 30-45 mins now to do it and I end up checking out the underside of my truck anyways to see how things are doing.
Reply With Quote
  #66  
Old 05-21-2006
Snow Wolf's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Westminster M.D.
Posts: 1,577
every 3,000 mile
at least most of the time
Reply With Quote
  #67  
Old 05-21-2006
96redranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Baggs, Wy
Posts: 74
i do my own and it is about time to do an oil change too. but my truck burns oil like no other and im not sure why.
Reply With Quote
  #68  
Old 05-21-2006
fx4me's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: CA
Posts: 1,507
Man I'm glad someone brought this thread back. It almost died. [/sarcasm]

I get coupons in the mail which makes bringing it to a shop cheaper than doing it myself, and I stay clean.

But I have on occasion done it myself.
Reply With Quote
  #69  
Old 05-21-2006
ericsmith32
Unregistered User
 
Posts: n/a
I do all my oil changes. I worked at monkey wards before so i've since some of the things shops do.
Reply With Quote
  #70  
Old 05-22-2006
PutsTheFunInFuneral's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Derby, KS
Posts: 22
I've changed the oil myself every 5k since I got the truck. It's cheaper and I don't have to worry about the shop screwing something up. (Just ask about my Honda and a stripped oil pan )
Reply With Quote
  #71  
Old 05-22-2006
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 295
I do my own, have commercial accounts at local napa/auto zone, get the oil and filters at a discounted rate. In my ranger I would let the oil go about 7k miles.
Working on daily driver cars is the thing I hate most in life, but am able to do it, so why not.
Reply With Quote
  #72  
Old 05-23-2006
dcantato's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: demarest, nj
Posts: 167
the oil change place next to the dealership makes it soo cheap if you bought it next door. Otherwise I would
Reply With Quote
  #73  
Old 05-23-2006
pintofhooky's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Salem, Or
Posts: 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by zabeard
i change mine myself. but i think ive only done it 7 times since i got my truck. now at 57k miles.

its nice to have synthetics. mobil 1 here.
I'm ahead of you in the mileage game lol I'm already at 55000 and you got a year on me!

hmmm not sure if thats so good after all
Reply With Quote
  #74  
Old 05-23-2006
shadow905's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Boerne, TX
Posts: 1,997
i just did mine this morning. put in mobil 1 synthetics. its real easy. beats sittin somewhere and waitin to see what people do to your truck.
Reply With Quote
  #75  
Old 05-26-2006
Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Havre De Grace, MD
Posts: 113
oil

Always change my own oil. My ranger gets the Mobil 1 truck and suv 5w30 with a fram truck oil filter. My mustang get mobil 1 15w50 with the K&N oil filter.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Oil for oil change RLong31 Oil & Lubrication 42 09-30-2016 07:56 PM
To change or not to change? (tranny oil) d1zturbe3d Drivetrain Tech 15 06-09-2012 08:16 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:53 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.