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Screwed up oil change....

So I took my truck in for an oil change, what I normally do every 6 months, is buy a 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 at Walmart, and pay an ASE certified mechanic shop to put it in, and go over my truck. Well the mechanic screwed it up, the Ranger 4 cylinder engine only requires 4 quarts and there is usually a quart left over, but this new guy dumped in the whole 5 quart jug. I didn't notice at first, and left then started thinking, where's my left over quart that I usually get...so I went back, and we discovered the mistake, and they drained out 1 quart, and re-imbursed me $6.00 for the missing quart.

He obviously didn't check the oil level after he put it in.....his boss was pissed. Hopefully next time I get the old timer that usually does it right.
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Oil is so easy to change... why would you pay someone else to do it and screw it up?
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why not do it yourself its not hard. did u change the filter cause you only stated oil?
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Yes they supply the new filter.

I pay someone to do it as I don't have a lift, don't have the tools, don't have the means to dispose of the old oil. I want my truck to get a visual inspection to find any other problems that might be there. They supposedly do a multi-point inspections and top off all my other fluids as well. Check the air in the tires...grease the door hinges etc....so I get a lot for the $22 dollars they charge. Plus I get free coffee and usually get in and out with in 30 minutes.

I have a bad back, and only 35% of my heart is working, so crawling under the truck is not an option for me. Plus where I live, we're not allowed to do mechanical repairs on vehicles.
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Eh for an ten dollars more than you would spend on oil and a filter, they will check all fluids and top em off, kinda worth it. I do mine myself cuz I don't trust those guys for anything. The last thing I need is to have my motor blow up again. I've heard some pretty scary horror stories about simple oil changes.
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Just so everyone knows. Any shop is required to take your old oil if you bring it to them. They can't say no. Just so you know.
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Yes they supply the new filter.

I pay someone to do it as I don't have a lift, don't have the tools, don't have the means to dispose of the old oil. I want my truck to get a visual inspection to find any other problems that might be there. They supposedly do a multi-point inspections and top off all my other fluids as well. Check the air in the tires...grease the door hinges etc....so I get a lot for the $22 dollars they charge. Plus I get free coffee and usually get in and out with in 30 minutes.

I have a bad back, and only 35% of my heart is working, so crawling under the truck is not an option for me. Plus where I live, we're not allowed to do mechanical repairs on vehicles.
Since they didn't even check the oil level after changing it I wouldn't be so sure that your getting the multi-point inspection either...

Glad they took care of you though! Good thing you noticed
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Start doing it yourself. It is much more rewarding. Don't be afraid of getting a lil dirty, and git under your truck! Well, get your neighbor then....And get some basic tools, c'mon now brother! Wow, nevermind
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Just so everyone knows. Any shop is required to take your old oil if you bring it to them. They can't say no. Just so you know.
True that!
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Like I said, only 35% of my heart is still working, so I'm under doctor's orders not to do any strenuous activities. In my younger days, I used to change the oil in my vehicles all the time. Not anymore though.
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Like I said, only 35% of my heart is still working, so I'm under doctor's orders not to do any strenuous activities. In my younger days, I used to change the oil in my vehicles all the time. Not anymore though.
Hey im sorry to here that.....Its tough finding a reliable mechanic these days. The only ones I trust are my two uncles. My first opinion is with them. So there you go. Good luck and keep trying to find a great garage thats privately owned. I find they are more worthy of customers IMO. I have a problem with these mass produced, 80 mechanics runnin around with fake licences so called garages. Cheers
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Hey im sorry to here that.....Its tough finding a reliable mechanic these days. The only ones I trust are my two uncles. My first opinion is with them. So there you go. Good luck and keep trying to find a great garage thats privately owned. I find they are more worthy of customers IMO. I have a problem with these mass produced, 80 mechanics runnin around with fake licences so called garages. Cheers
hahaha your attitude changed so much when he said he only has 35% of his heart working. lol Someone put there foot in there mouth!
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hahaha your attitude changed so much when he said he only has 35% of his heart working. lol Someone put there foot in there mouth!
I have no problem manning up to my mistakes. So cheers to you my friend.
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Well this particular garage has been doing my oil chages for years, this is the first problem I have had with them, and I blame it on the new guy and it was very early in the morning, so it's an easy screw up to make. I just want to get the word out, Ranger 4 cyl engines only use 4 quarts of oil, not 5.

They are usually very good at spotting problems so this is why I go to them.
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Well this particular garage has been doing my oil chages for years, this is the first problem I have had with them, and I blame it on the new guy and it was very early in the morning, so it's an easy screw up to make. I just want to get the word out, Ranger 4 cyl engines only use 4 quarts of oil, not 5.

They are usually very good at spotting problems so this is why I go to them.
In that case, ask for who regulary does your work personally?
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I have no problem manning up to my mistakes. So cheers to you my friend.
I wasn't saying you did. All I could picture was someone saying something then finding out other info and there face just has that look on it. lol
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I just take my old beater car to Wal mart $30 and its done! I have watched them and they really do check over everything lol I just check the oil before I leave and im good to go.

My truck I do my own.
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I have no problem manning up to my mistakes. So cheers to you my friend.
I wasn't saying you did. All I could picture was someone saying something then finding out other info and there face just has that look on it. lol
Its all good
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Here in Ohio, we have an EPA test for all vehicles every two years before you can buy your license plates.....I just had mine inspected today and it passed with no problems....these things can be very costly and aggravating so I'm very happy I passed and am now good for two more years !! :)

So it pays off to maintain your vehicle regularly.
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Autozone will take your used oil also. I use a 5 gallon container for my used oil, dump it when it gets full.
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For all the running around and effort, it's just easier to give a grease monkey a lttle work. It's good for the economy.
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For all the running around and effort, it's just easier to give a grease monkey a lttle work. It's good for the economy.
no doubt. i would support a guy to do even minor work...if i can trust him to get it right and that's a big if.

oh by the way my 4 cyl takes 5 qts...
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thats why I do it to make sure nothing goes wrong.
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First time I did an oil change on a Ranger with the new 2.3L motor, I did the same thing. 5 quarts of oil is the minimum amount for almost EVERY other vehicle ever made.

It's really not a big deal, as being just a quart over will just cause a bit of extra oil aeration from the crankshaft, and perhaps lower MPGs.
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It's really not a big deal, as being just a quart over will just cause a bit of extra oil aeration from the crankshaft, and perhaps lower MPGs.

well 1 qt over is 20% more so not a good thing ..could cause blowby etc and maybe ruin the cat...
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