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Old 09-03-2012, 04:55 PM
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I didn't spend $40k to do my own oil change. Dealer does every other oil change for free........waste of time for me and just as happy with oil that came with it, besides I got lifetime warranty so if anything goes wrong.............
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:14 PM
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PS: What did you mean when you said "but I dont see changing another one?" You don't intend changing the oil filter again.... ever?
Nope, never again. Oil filters are overrated anyways. LMAO. No, I meant I'll have someone do it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:18 PM
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Been there, done that, welcome to your first oil change lmao
I've been doing my own maintenance and big repairs, on all my vehicles for a long time, but I tell ya', the filter location on our Rams is pretty bad. I rather change out the belts on an old Saab 900 than swap out the filter on our Rams. My 3d gen Ram was pretty easy and clean, but it was not the Hemi.
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The first one always sucks. Damn robots! And I know what you mean about the oil going all over the front crossmember and steering rack. Total PITA! Look at it this way, that crossmember will never rust!
I was thinking the same thing. My only gripe is that I tried cleaning as much as possible so it wouldn't drip on my new driveway.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:27 PM
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You wouldn't go to a Jiffy Lube around here
they have such a bad reputation, that the manager & lube guys stand out front with signs,
that read
No Waiting

what happened to me:
about 4 years ago, i had driven onto their lot, the manager wrote up everything, including my choice of oil
I stood out side of the bay smoking & watched them
i had asked for Castrol, they put in Valvoline
i had asked them to lube the front of my 1/2 ton Chevy, i never saw a grease gun raise out of the pit
i had requested that they check the rear differential, they never did

as they reached up to close the hood, i asked for the Manager, he had left, i kept standing in front of my truck & did not move, the Manager had been at the KFC next door

I told him about the wrong oil, he said that they would drain it
i told him about not greasing the front end, he said that 1999 chevy trucks don't have zerk fittings, i told him that mine did & so did my drive shaft, we argued & told him to look for himself, it finally got greased
i told him that the rear end had not been checked, the workers insisted that they had checked it, i asked them how they did it, because the rear tires were not over the grease pit, the pit was a short one

Dodge does all the work on my Ram, just recently they opened up another building that used to be Jeep & used car service, they call it EXPRESS LUBE.
I supply my own oil & oil filter
I get charged less then $15. & it is mostly for discarding the old oil & filter
My service is in their data base & if something goes wrong, it is on them
I'm with you on this one. I'm a firm believer in, if you want it done right do it yourself. I used to be a mustang lover, you know nothing prettier than a 66 fastback, when the bodies came out just like the old ones, I went and got one, a GTCS white, just like my 66. I had the worse experiece ever with all Ford dealerships in the central florida area. Just about every dealer would screw something up so they can make money. They even installed the driveshaft bacwards after fixing a diff problem and it took two weeks for them to figure it out (bad vibrations after 55mph). And it just kept going from there. Never another Ford vehicle ever. I've had much better luck with Dodge and we'll see how it goes with this one.
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You can also use something like a quart or gallon orange juice/drink jug

on the opposite side of the handle, cut about 1/2 the bottom off & cut the side of the jug off at an angle, up to about 3 or 4 inches from the jugs threaded neck

after loosening the filler plug, lay something like saran wrap over the steering rod
stick the modified bottle into place
remove the plug & let the old oil drain into your new funnel & out the threaded part of the jug

I saw a trucker use a funnel like this when he needed to add oil into his engine
Good idea. You know, what about drilling a hole on the filter before removing it so that the oil drip is directly out of the way of anything. A long drill bit should do the trick....just thinking...
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I didn't spend $40k to do my own oil change. Dealer does every other oil change for free........waste of time for me and just as happy with oil that came with it, besides I got lifetime warranty so if anything goes wrong.............
I hear ya'. The thing is that I enjoy doing all my own maintenance unless it's warranty related. It's very rewarding to be able to fix things myself. It's the engineer in me. The location of this filter is just flat out ridiculous, especially for a 50k truck.
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The correct bowl is a Kroger Sherbert 1qt. Works great.
Don't lick bowl when finished...........
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The correct bowl is a Kroger Sherbert 1qt. Works great.
Don't lick bowl when finished...........
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I used a washer fluid gallon jug bottom cut off with a 9" extension through it taped with electrical tape and the 3/8 drive filter socket instead of a strap type wrench. I liked the fact that they put the piece underneath to drain the oil away from the filter. Just loosened and let it drain for a minute then tranferred it to the pan. The gasket stayed on the block. (so don't forget to remove/check it). My 2000 drained on the transmission bracket and then wherever it wanted.
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I hear ya'. The thing is that I enjoy doing all my own maintenance unless it's warranty related. It's very rewarding to be able to fix things myself. It's the engineer in me. The location of this filter is just flat out ridiculous, especially for a 50k truck.
Yeah, when you're young, it's "fun" to do everything yourself - sometimes necessary, as when I was in the Air Force, three kids, no money, driving whatever piece of crap I could keep running. Now, the kids are "gone", the Air Force is a distant memory, the wife makes plenty of money, and my fingernails are clean, since I can afford to let someone else (usually dealer) do the work. Got lifetime oil changes on my Challenger, not so on my truck, but usually get a coupon for less than $25 at the dealer......now, if I can just get the wife to take it in for the oil changes.......
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