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How many of you change the oil yourself?

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Old 01-21-2018, 04:37 PM
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My Corvette friends seem to freak out every time they find out that I change the oil/filter on my C5 by myself. Itís still a car and actually IMO itís really pretty easy to work on.

I am not a mechanic by any means, but I can follow instructions and am not afraid to take tasks such as these especially when I know theyíll be done right and I can save a few bucks.

So I am curious, how many C5 owners do their own maintenance and how many leave their fate to garages/stealerships?
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I change the oil on my C5 unless I happen to get a discount coupon from my dealership. I've never had an issue with the dealership working on my car so I do not have a worry about taking it there.
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The only thing I don't do is the oil. By the time I buy the oil ,filter and do the work plus dispose the old oil it barely warrants saving maybe $20. I'd rather save the mess and take my car to Valvoline on rt 18 for $90 full synthetic and premium service all while I sit in the car.

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I used to for perhaps 45 years of cars.
But after three back surgeries, I found a local shop that charges me $20.
I bring my own oil and filter, the owner and manager know me well and respect my Vette.
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I really don't mind too much changing my own oil. Its simple, to me, relaxing, and takes very little time.
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I change oil and and attempt repairs when I am confident I can do them.
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I have a friend with a lift that knows corvettes well. I bring the oil and filter and he changes it for $20 while I check under the car for other things. Great time to clean things up under the car.

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Originally Posted by AE Guy View Post
My Corvette friends seem to freak out every time they find out that I change the oil/filter on my C5 by myself. Itís still a car and actually IMO itís really pretty easy to work on.

I am not a mechanic by any means, but I can follow instructions and am not afraid to take tasks such as these especially when I know theyíll be done right and I can save a few bucks.

So I am curious, how many C5 owners do their own maintenance and how many leave their fate to garages/stealerships?
So far I am still able and willing to change my own oil and filter...its a special rebonding with my 2nd honey...
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I have a two post lift in my garage so it's not a big deal to do an oil/filter change on my two Corvettes or my Silverado. I'll wait on sales to buy Mobil-1oil at places like Wal-Mart, Costco, or even Amazon and then get good filters.

The local dump takes used oil and filters for free so I collect all of the oil and haul it there. With three vehicles, it doesn't take much to collect 2-3 gallons of oil.

And my keg fridge sits right next to my tool chest....
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I do my own oil changes and everything else that I have the tools and capability to.
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Takes less time to change it than it does to take it to a shop. And you can use the oil/filter of your choosing.
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I try to do everything myself, I have very little faith in anyone working on my cars.

I change the oil in all my cars, Mobil 1 in all.

I think a Mobil one oil change with a premium filter will cost at least $85.00
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I've got a lift so I do all my own maintenance. With the frequent Mobil1 rebates using a premium AC Delco filter, it's like $28 bucks. Knowing it was done right, and doing a thorough under car inspection is really the reason I do my own though.

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I do all my own work on my 04 C5. I save a hell of a lot more than the $20 that DarthVetter5 thinks is saved. Local Stealership gets $110 for a Mobil 1 change. I pay $32 for a case of 6 quarts of Mobil 1 plus a single qt from a second case (7 qts total) I bought a few year back, a $6 Wix 51042 filter from O'reilly for a total cost of under $45. That's a savings of $65 over the stealership. $65 is not something I can throw away while I am still able to do my own work. Most auto parts will accept used motor oil free of charge so no cost to me to dispose of the used oil. As always YMMV

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Shops do not touch my car aside from things I literally don't have the tools or knowhow for, such as a transmission rebuild or bore-aligning a block. I also think it's beyond outrageous to pay $90+ for an oil change.

$10.50 for a UPF44 Ultraguard Gold, 2.90 x 7 = $20.30 for Dexos-certified oil on my "shop" account. Oil disposal is free at AZ, AAP, Pep Boys, etc. Total damage $30.80. An oil change would need to be FAR more complex for me to entertain taking it somewhere.
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I do my own maintenance on all my cars myself. The 4 post lift makes it simple. It's a lot easier doing the C5 than my 61 with 23 grease fittings
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Originally Posted by runner140* View Post
I really don't mind too much changing my own oil. Its simple, to me, relaxing, and takes very little time.
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Originally Posted by DarthVetter5 View Post
The only thing I don't do is the oil. By the time I buy the oil ,filter and do the work plus dispose the old oil it barely warrants saving maybe $20. I'd rather save the mess and take my car to Valvoline on rt 18 for $90 full synthetic and premium service all while I sit in the car.
Buying 2 5 qt jugs at a time and a filter is less than $50. Every other change I only have to buy 1 5 quart jug, meaning less than $30. That's a pretty significant savings for a car that gets its oil changed 3 times a year. I remember back when I got the car I could change the oil just rolling up on a single plank of wood. It seems that a decade of bench pressing has made that impossible now though
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Dealer charges me $7 to change oil & filter with my annual state inspection, I furnish oil & filter. Can't beat the deal for the required inspection.
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