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Why would you pay $31 to have an oil change? I do all my oil changes myself. Even when I can get them for free, I still pass on it. I can do an oil change in a few minutes cause it's easy as can be. It only costs me $15 oil & filter, and it's a great way to check out everything under the vehicle while I'm there. I also avoid having anyone touch my vehicles if I can at all avoid it. I've seen plenty of vehicles returned to owners with something missing or not hooked up. That's all I would need is to have them leave the oil cap off.
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My truck just rolled over 3200 miles. Still no oil change indicator. My dealer said to bring it in for a free oil change at 3000. I guess I will go get the free change.

How does the truck know when to turn the light on? Is it a set mileage or determined by the computer according to driving style?
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I believe its done by duty cycle, believe it or not, driving from light to light in the city, is considered a heavy cycle, as is driving on gravel & dirt a lot

out here in San Diego, i don't see how the dealership stays in business
i went in for service 25th of august, the invoice reads

Labor amount $12.25
Parts amount $18.54
total charges $30.79
less insurance $18.54
tax $1.76

pay amount $14.01

you tell me how they do it?
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If you do every oil change yourself and other routine maintenance, does that void your warranty?

And if not, what kind of documentation do you need to keep?
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If you do every oil change yourself and other routine maintenance, does that void your warranty?
No, performing routine maintenance does not void the warrenty.

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And if not, what kind of documentation do you need to keep?
Mostly the dated receipts with a mileage reference of some sort. I write the miles downs on the back of each receipts and then keep them stuffed in an envelop with the user's guide that came with the truck. Some guys keep logs and there are web pages where you can keep this info recorded. So long as you can verify what you did and when you did is all that matters.

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I don't think warranty is an issue, because if you went twice as long as you should on
oil changes, maybe the engine would have a problem at 100k miles instead of 200k
miles. It's out of warranty at 100k miles....and if you left the original oil in until the
engine broke, it would be obvious that the oil didn't get changed. There would be
telltale signs.

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you MUST keep correct records of all service on your vehicle
oil & filter change receipts, air filter, transmission fluid change, rear differential, etc.
don't toss them, it will come back & bite you

always have a paper trail, vehicles, payments, marriages, etc.
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I agree with GT..keep anything and everything related to maintenance on the vehicle...kinda like your taxes! keep all receipts..
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No, performing routine maintenance does not void the warrenty.



Mostly the dated receipts with a mileage reference of some sort. I write the miles downs on the back of each receipts and then keep them stuffed in an envelop with the user's guide that came with the truck. Some guys keep logs and there are web pages where you can keep this info recorded. So long as you can verify what you did and when you did is all that matters.
Be careful. These new thermal paper receipts don't keep forever (esp. if they get hot). I'd recommend scanning them into a PDF file as well.

I had one that got shoved into my pocket on a recent business trip and ended up next to the warm battery of my cell phone for several hours. It was almost unreadable by the time I found it.
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Why would you pay $31 to have an oil change? I do all my oil changes myself. Even when I can get them for free, I still pass on it. I can do an oil change in a few minutes cause it's easy as can be. It only costs me $15 oil & filter, and it's a great way to check out everything under the vehicle while I'm there. I also avoid having anyone touch my vehicles if I can at all avoid it. I've seen plenty of vehicles returned to owners with something missing or not hooked up. That's all I would need is to have them leave the oil cap off.
I dont know about your area. but i can tell you up here in Ontario, Canada we can not do our own oil changes or we void our warranty.
I just did my first Oil change.. light came on at 4500 but i pushed it to 5000k due to xmas season and all the running around.. I paid 59.00 cnd at a 10 min oil change place.. and will go tot he dealer right after xmas when i have more time.. want to talk to them about going full synthetic and how that works on warranty. Our biggest issues up here in Canada is they look for any reason to void the warranty on our trucks and Jeeps.
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