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    Just wondering out loud........how many of you guys still perform all of your regular car maintenance? I know quit a few car guys that take their rigs in for small stuff like oil changes and brake work. For me, no way. Besides being a cheap ass, after working as a suspension tech at Sears when I was young, can't bring myself to trust those guys, LOL. I suppose it's also a convenience thing being we live in the sticks.
    1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle Gear Banger
    347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street/Strip 10.44 @ 125.97 Old Combo
    363 Dart Block Pump Gas Street/Strip - 10.11 @ 133.17 so far

    2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle 12 valve Monster
    244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower


    Current CI Count - 104

  • #2
    I do almost all the maintenance on all of our vehicles.
    Mike & Robin Grentus
    69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
    08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
    00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
    99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
    14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
    M&M Member #- 890
    MCA #- 4549
    My 69 Coupe build album
    http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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    • #3
      I do oil changes on most of our cars, except KK's Escape. For no more than the dealer charges,plus the hassle of removing that under engine "pan", it's just not worth it for me to lay on my back and mess with it. Plus they rotate her tires at the same time for free since we bought them there, and they go over all the other maintenance items as well.
      Rob Hetzler
      M&M member since Oct 2000, #773
      Roxboro Dragway 2011 Top ET champion

      My Photo Page

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      • #4
        I'm with KV, I have done all the fluid changes, brakes & brake lines, radiators, leaf springs, shocks, clutch, etc. on our '06 Ranger, '95 Jeep Wrangler and '65 F250. However, we have taken my wife's '10 Fusion into the dealer for it's transmission fluid change, half shaft seal replacement, and a few of its motor oil / filter changes. Now looking forward into 2019 and beyond, knowing I don't flex or move as well as I used to, I may think twice before jumping into another clutch replacement project.

        Ryan
        Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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        • #5
          As the M&M resident EX Ford tech, I recently paid for my FIRST Works package in the past 8 years done on my Escort.
          I also had 4 tires (that I had stored in my garage from a past Escort project) mounted, all performed at the dealership I USED to work at.
          The catch? My daughter works there, so I still get to enjoy a “family discount”.
          LOF, 4 tires mounted and balanced, tax and shop supplies....$55!
          The Works package with the discount was only $28.
          No way in hell I’m putting the Escort up on ramps, changing the oil, screwing with recycling it....jacking up the rear end to rotate the tires....when I can pay $28, and have some other dealership lubie do it....for $28.
          Last edited by submariner mustanger; 01-08-2019, 09:04 PM.
          M&M Member #91
          Ford Dealership Engine/Chassis Master Certified Technician
          US Navy submarine vet; Operation Iraqi Freedom vet..x 2...USAF Reserve...RETIRED, 26 total years

          Current 2003 Azure Blue Mach 1. All My Past Mustangs:'84 GT-5 spd, my first; '91 GT-auto; '70 M-code Mach 1-grabber yellow; '95 GTS-5 spd, Pro-Charged, totaled; '95 GTS 5 spd, replacement; '89 LX 5.0 'vert-5 spd; '90 LX 5.0 hatch-5 spd; '69 M-code Mach 1-4 spd; '90 5.0 LX 'vert; '03 Mach 1-5 spd, '93 Mustang LX vert.

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          • #6
            I do my hot rods, but the drivers get taken somewhere by the wife. I still do brakes myself, but it’s just as cheap or cheaper to go to a quick lube and let them do the oil. I grease the Freightliner, but take it somewhere for oil changes too. Ever try to get rid of 12 gallons of oil at once? Takes a lot of brush piles and fire ant hills to get rid of it. No recyclers around here that I know of, so you’re stuck with it unless you haul it 50 miles away to a recycler.
            ----1999 F150 XLT Lariat Super Cab 4X4 5.4----
            -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
            -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
            " Sometimes you fix the car, sometimes the car fixes you" Steve L.

            "Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America". President Donald J. Trump

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            • #7
              Same goes for our new Escape. I’ve done too many LOF’s in my lifetime to want to mess with it ever again. Part of it’s my age, part of it being a tech has ruined me for working on cars.
              After replacing the timing cover on the Mach 1 this past summer, washing that car is about as interested as I want to get anymore.
              M&M Member #91
              Ford Dealership Engine/Chassis Master Certified Technician
              US Navy submarine vet; Operation Iraqi Freedom vet..x 2...USAF Reserve...RETIRED, 26 total years

              Current 2003 Azure Blue Mach 1. All My Past Mustangs:'84 GT-5 spd, my first; '91 GT-auto; '70 M-code Mach 1-grabber yellow; '95 GTS-5 spd, Pro-Charged, totaled; '95 GTS 5 spd, replacement; '89 LX 5.0 'vert-5 spd; '90 LX 5.0 hatch-5 spd; '69 M-code Mach 1-4 spd; '90 5.0 LX 'vert; '03 Mach 1-5 spd, '93 Mustang LX vert.

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              • #8
                i used to do almost everything on my cars, now since my kidneys have gone down, i have no energy so i take my cars to a shop i trust.
                64 falcon
                66 mustang
                76 el camino

                a man's fate is a man's fate
                and life is but an illusion

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                • #9
                  The commuters get farmed out, but the fun cars are all ours.
                  '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '18 Edge SEL AWD

                  My Mach's restoration progress
                  My Sprint's restoration progress
                  ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
                    I grease the Freightliner, but take it somewhere for oil changes too. Ever try to get rid of 12 gallons of oil at once? Takes a lot of brush piles and fire ant hills to get rid of it.
                    Our rv has a Freightliner chassis with a Cat engine. If I remember right it holds around 6.5 gallons so only half of what your big hoss holds. I have a sweet 55 gallon drum setup setting on its side with a drain valve in the bottom and a funnel on top. Perfect for those brush piles!

                    I know it's usually about the same price if not cheaper to have a shop change regular vehicle oil but I still do all of our aside from the first one if it's a new vehicle. I like just giving the thing the 'ol once over underneath. Don't know why, just like looking at mechanical $hit, lol
                    1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle Gear Banger
                    347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street/Strip 10.44 @ 125.97 Old Combo
                    363 Dart Block Pump Gas Street/Strip - 10.11 @ 133.17 so far

                    2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle 12 valve Monster
                    244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower


                    Current CI Count - 104

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                    • #11
                      I'm still young enough that I only take cars to dealerships/shops to do things that I don't have the tools for. Lately it's just been wheels/tires/alignment. I think the last time I had something in for an oil change was the first change on my '08 Mustang. They offered a free oil change, and I had heard of people having a rough time getting the original filters off.
                      68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
                      '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
                      Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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                      • #12
                        I still do oil changes on my coupe & truck plus brakes and some other things like the alternator for the truck.
                        the wife`s Focus I have not touched yet. I am waiting for the time it needs brakes and that will get me started on it.

                        Keith
                        34 FORD coupe...Cleveland POWERED https://mustangsandmore.vbulletin.ne...ilies/cool.png

                        it`s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

                        Keith

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                        • #13
                          I do all my own maintenance. I take the oil to the local landfill and they have recycle bins for the used oil. I do brakes and minor engine stuff. Only if I'm buried busy does a mechanic see my cars. I essentially have to be stuck (rear main seal) or the repair has to be beyond my comfort level. The few times I have gone in for an oil change I found myself frustrated with how long it was taking (if I have to sit here and wait anyway, I could save the trip and just do it in the garage), and frustrated with how much other crap they want to sell me (wipers, air filters, fuel injector cleaners). I'm not a rude person, but I came here for an oil change. I take exception with the fact that you even opened my air cleaner to extract the filter. I must have been a salesman in a previous life, cuz I hate them in this life.
                          It isn't an official project until you've bled on it!

                          M&M Member #33
                          '66 Coupe C code
                          '01 Saleen S281SC #648

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                          • #14
                            I do my own everything oil, shocks brakes. But my friend took his 2015 explorer to Walmart, he normally drives 150 miles to Sears. So he went to Walmart for a change and wow 150 miles later his motor spun a bearing at 130k miles. I will continue to change my OIL. (live in small town)
                            PS sorry about bringing up an old post but had computer problems

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rellik74 View Post
                              So he went to Walmart for a change and wow 150 miles later his motor spun a bearing at 130k miles. I will continue to change my OIL. (live in small town)
                              Sounds like one of the guys on our old ball team moved on to Walmart after getting canned from a Tires Plus, lol
                              He blew two engines before they canned him. First one he drained the engine and filled the trans.
                              Next one he thought he knew the part numbers by heart and spun on the wrong filter.
                              1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle Gear Banger
                              347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street/Strip 10.44 @ 125.97 Old Combo
                              363 Dart Block Pump Gas Street/Strip - 10.11 @ 133.17 so far

                              2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle 12 valve Monster
                              244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower


                              Current CI Count - 104

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