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Oil change/fiascos



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 9,083
    Do it yourself, and most all oil change problems disappear.


    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2004 X3 2.5i Son's: 2009 328i

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 53,020
    Yes but then you have other problems, mostly time and safety related.

    And of course there's always the risk of bringing in a fried engine that was serviced with DIY oil changes. God help you if there some bunged up piece on the engine that the dealer can point to.

    But if you're out of warranty, got a safe place to do your work, sure why not?

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,067
    Yeah, but what a PITA!

    Spilling oil, cleaning up afterwards, getting rid of the old oil etc.

    Done too many!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You can't do it yourself in your dealership's service bay?

    I have access to a lift and oil drain recycling tank at work (we're allowed to use these during lunch or after hours, as long as we have a "buddy" around in case of an emergency).

    So I can change my oil in air conditioned comfort, and not have to hassle with the used oil. It gives me a chance also to inspect the underbody of my vehicles and make sure nothing's amiss.

    I suppose when I retire I'll have to reconsider, as dragging out the ramps and dealing with the used oil really is a pain. I understand you're not even supposed to put oil filters in the trash, because you can never drain all of the oil out.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Isn't it ridiculous? I've heard that some facilities, somewhere, crush filters to ring out the oil left in them. And to think, the oil comes from the innards of the Earth, but is too toxic to return it there... :confuse:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's not that absurd. Crude oil comes from deep underground, well below the water table, and is held in pockets of rock. Used oil, contaminated with heavy metals and poured out on the earth's surface, will end up in ground water -- not so good.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,067
    Uh, no! Use one of our hoists?

    Not in our lifetime and that's fine with me!
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    There you go again, endearing the industry elitists into the hearts of the customer-base rabble! :blush:
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666

    Do you have a couple of these you'd like to have us test out for you? We've got a couple regulars on the board here (auto enthusiasts), who I'm sure wouldn't mind testing/evaluating this product.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,344
    Yeah, put me down for one of those dipstick sensor thingies.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 areaPosts: 20,312
    Put me down for two, one for each car to test.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,067
    Of sounding like a wet blanket, I see any benefits to such a gimmick to be minimal.

    Use good quality oil and change it on a regular basis and you will have no need whatever for anything like this.

    I'm sure the hosts will pull his ad as soon as they see it.

    I do miss Newport Beach, however.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Website says it's in Beta test...and they'll be looking for beta testers soon. Just trying to get in the queue.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    It's a sad history so many of us share, but now "everyone" knows better. Ecological awareness has been long in the coming. Environmental contamination is still far too high, but not as bad as it might have come to be. I now worry about international sources as third world nations industrialize.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,067
    Working in a gas station, we used to pour used motor oil on the weeds to kill them. We poured anti freeze down the drains and the harbor was four blocks away.

    We thought nothing of this at the time.
  • sjohnson5sjohnson5 Posts: 1
    I am a distributor of synthetic oils and lubricants...want to gather some data on oil performance and willing to give excellent pricing for partners of information. :)
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Amsoil per chance?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,067
    Groan...not again!
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Another approach to sales? :confuse:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    This isn't allowed by Edmunds; see "rules of the road."
  • vu2000vu2000 Posts: 58
    Hi, can anyone here tell me how to reset the oil change indicator light on the Toyota Prius. This proceedure is not listed in the owner's manual. Thank you.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's your lucky day! :D

    I've bookmarked the instructions from an earlier post:

    Here's how to do it, from "moeharri" in 2005 (I don't believe the procedure has changed for '07 models):

    Begin with the odometer in the normal mode (total accumulated miles, not trip A or trip B mode). Turn the car off, press the trip/odometer "stick" and keep pressing it while turning the ignition key back to the accessory/on position (you don't need to start the engine).

    As you continue to press the stick in, the odometer will count down from 5 or 6 dashes to blank, and then the actual mileage will show again. At that point, release the stick and the light should go out.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Could it possibly be true that the instructions for this procedure are not in the owners manual? Surely it is in there! :surprise:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It has to be in there; at least it's in my Camry manuals.

    When I first got the '04 with the "maintenance required" light, my first thought was, "oh no, I'll have to go back to the dealer to get it reset!" But luckily, Toyota made it easy to do yourself.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    It is in my '07 Camry owner's manual. Took me 1.5 minutes to look it up and do it.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    So it has to be in the Prius manual also, which is a lot thicker because of the extra complexity of the car.
  • 0patience0patience Posts: 1,542
    2007 Toyota Prius L4-1.5L (1NZ-FXE) (Hybrid)

    Engine Oil Replacement Reminder Light

    This light acts as a reminder to replace the engine oil.
    This light will come on when the ignition key is turned to "ON" and will go off after about a few seconds.
    When you drive for about 7200 km (4500 miles) after the engine oil replacement, this light illuminates for about 3 seconds and then flashes for about 12 seconds with the ignition key turned to the "ON" position. If you continue driving without replacing the engine oil, and if the distance driven exceeds 8000 km(5000 miles), the light will come on. The light will remain on thereafter.

    If the light is flashing, we recommend that you replace the engine oil at an early opportunity depending on the driving and road conditions. If the light comes on, replace it as soon as possible.

    Resetting the system

    The system must be reset after the engine oil replacement. Reset the system by the following procedure:
    Press the "POWER" switch to the "OFF mode with the odometer reading shown.
    Press the "POWER" switch twice to select the "IG-ON" mode while holding down the trip meter reset button.
    Hold down the button for at least 5 seconds. The odometer indicates "000000" and the light goes off.

    If the system fails to reset, the light will remain flashing.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Could they have made it any less intuitive and more difficult? :shades:
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 9,083
    Could they have made it any less intuitive and more difficult?

    Well, they could have installed iDrive...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2004 X3 2.5i Son's: 2009 328i

  • 0patience0patience Posts: 1,542
    I liked Honda's old way to do it, you stuck the key in a slot in the dash. :)

    They took a simple procedure, like pushing a button to reset it and over complicated it on not only one model, but 90% of them out there.

    Why? Because they know that most vehicle owners won't read the owner's manual or be able to find the procedure information to reset it, so those people will most often return to the dealer to have it done, at a nominal fee of course.
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