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I checked the fluid in my M5OD yesterday and it was dark...well on its way to black. I think the previous owner skipped the 30K mile change. Anyway, I want the fluid changed soon, like tomorrow, and I was wondering if I could trust Jiffy Lube to do it? It really only has to last 10K miles until the 60K service and I figure if they mess something up, I would at least be able to force them to pay for it. So what do you guys think? Should I trust them or no? I know changing it is very simple, but I don't have the time right now.

I'd take it to a Ford dealer, but that is always a pain.
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It really only has to last 10K miles until the 60K service and I figure if they mess something up, I would at least be able to force them to pay for it. So what do you guys think?
I'd take it to a Ford dealer, but that is always a pain.
Not so my friend, you'd be better off to take it to the Ford Dealer. Even if Jiffy Lube did mess it up, chances are you'd have one hell of a case to prove. Your work is warrantied/guaranteed if done through the Ford Dealership.

Guaranteed in the aspect that you'd have less hassle when you take it back to them for repair.

Just my thoughts.

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Agreed!
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I don't have the $$$ to take it to a Ford dealer or the time.
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STUPID PEOPLE

What's the price difference?
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Not sure, but even if the Ford dealer charged the same amount, their hours are so messed up that I really can't find a time to bring it in.
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Can you find the time to fix a $2,000 mistake? That's the question you need to ask yourself. I'm sure Jiffy has some very good technicians, and I'm not knocking them...I just plan for the worst and avoid it.

They say we worry about 90% of things that don't happen. PRECISELY...that's probably why they don't happen!
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Yeah my advice is go to the dealer. Then again I took mine in at Tires Plus for my 30k at $371.xx actually $20 less then they quoted lol.

I skipped my 15k because I couldn't afford it and went with oil changes and all. The truck's trans went fine til I got worried about it so had it done at 30k.
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My problem with the dealer is they are always backed up and close way early. Jiffy Lube always has cars, but things move a little quicker than the dealer. I can get to JL afterschool...not so with the dealer. So I feel kind of stuck. I want this done tomorrow too because I didn't know the oil was as dark as it was. I figure there isn't too much to screw up...no filters...just empty it and fill it with Mercon ATF. I checked with the BBB and in NC, 94 of the 95 reported problems with all of the JLs in the state in the last three years were resolved. Yeah it would be a signifigant problem if my trans quit on me after having them service it, but the chances of that happening are low. I guess I'm kind of left with JL, Auto Pro To Call, Tire King or the local BP none of which know Rangers as well as the dealer, but the dealer doesn't have workable hours. There is this mega dealer here with a huge service center and quick service, but I am not driving 45 minutes to get there.
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Personally, I wouldn't trust a Jiffy Lube (or 99.5% of shops) to chew gum without F'ing it up.....
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jiffy lube messed up my brothers car a few years ago.. went to change the oil, drained all but about a half a court.. then toped off the tranny fluid for some reason with oil, and gave it back to us.. im not sure what exactly happened to the car (dont remember..), but my dad ended up having 2 of the guys there fired (plus the assistant manager that was there that day) and had jiffy lube pay to have the engine rebuilt and whatever else got messed up becuase of them. apparently they had 2 guys kinda doing my brothers car.. one drained the oil.. and the other thought he was just topping off fluids, and put oil in the tranny fluid on accident for some reason, and that was it.

so really make sure they're doing it right if you go to jiffy lube. i'd only go there if my engine needed work.. i'd let them change fluids and hope for somethin to get messed up again so they can fix it all!
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MAF mod on a 4.0l?

I would difinally go to Ford to save hadaches in a long runs so that way I have all the servies done by Ford and that way they won't mess with my warrenty about stupid little things for nothing sometimes!! Anyways pay now and pay less later!! That's the best advice!!
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The 2.5l is based on the 2.3l engine, which I had in my 93 mustang. If the transmission is also essentially the same thing, there IS a filter in the transmission.

But a regular transmission service is basically dropping the tranny pan, emptying the fluid (with a little flushing perhaps), replacing the filter, and gasket. Now a little silicone to ensure sealing and it's done. Pretty simple, can be done in a driveway. Just be sure nothing gets in the oil or filter as a tiny speck of sand could theoretically jam your transmission. Be sure no silicone RTV gets into the fluid either.

That's the cheapest way to do it, but I still think the best way is to go to the dealership. That way, if anything ever goes wrong with a service, you can just bring in all your receipts and you know where to start pointing fingers...
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Turns out the Jiffy Lube here hasn't had a tech come by in weeks that can do a transmission fluid change. The place has started to look awfully dingy since I last went there about eight years ago with my dad. I made an appointment with a local, but very large place and they can have me come in at 4:00 PM which works perfect with my schedule. They seemed to have a lot of business, so that is a good sign.

BTW - the warranty went out on this truck a long time ago, so I am not worried about that.
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