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Old 01-07-2019, 03:01 PM
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I inherited a 2002 corvette from my deceased husband. Does it matter where I have the oil changed? Jiffy Lube?
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:12 PM
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Condolences on your husband.
Gonna need to move this over to the C5 section.

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Agreed, needs to be moved to the C5 section, but definitely donít go to Jiffy Lube. Dealer will be very similar in price. Jiffy always tries to screw you.
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I pay the dealer an extra fifty bucks to do it because they always check the car out real good when they do it, but that's just me.
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Go to a Chevy dealership. Ask if you could have their Corvette specialist do it and perform the free inspection. Stay away from the chain lube places. They don't usually have the best qualified people. Ten years ago I had my truck serviced at a Jiffy Lube and they forgot to put the plug back in the differential. Luckily I noticed it when I got home and it didn't run dry.
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Originally Posted by JR-01 View Post
Go to a Chevy dealership. Ask if you could have their Corvette specialist do it and perform the free inspection. Stay away from the chain lube places. They don't usually have the best qualified people. Ten years ago I had my truck serviced at a Jiffy Lube and they forgot to put the plug back in the differential. Luckily I noticed it when I got home and it didn't run dry.
Absolutely agree, if you don't do it yourself they are worth the extra money, they don't push you to change belts that don't need changing and they catch things the lube shop guys are clueless on.

Also, to the OP, make sure you get the clutch fluid changed out if it's stick shift when you change your oil. Some of the dealers won't do it, they want to do a complete flush which costs a bundle, if they won't do it you'll have to learn how to do it yourself with a syringe or you will wreck the clutch seals.

Sorry about your loss, the people here will help you more than you can ever imagine.....

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Originally Posted by JR-01 View Post
Go to a Chevy dealership. Ask if you could have their Corvette specialist do it and perform the free inspection. Stay away from the chain lube places. They don't usually have the best qualified people. Ten years ago I had my truck serviced at a Jiffy Lube and they forgot to put the plug back in the differential. Luckily I noticed it when I got home and it didn't run dry.
My local Chevy dealership has a "Quick-Lube" section that is in a separate part of the service department. They have 4 bays and they handle fluid changes. Some Chevy vehicles get free lifetime oil/filter changes, others get the first 2 or 3 oil changes for free. The employees are hired by the dealership and they input all of their service work into the GM Service History database. They use all GM or AC Delco parts. Prices are higher than the typical Jiffy Lube or Oil Can Henry places but that's just the dealership pricing. While I do my own service stuff for both my C4 and C5, I would feel comfortable going to the dealership for that sort of work if necessary.

When I worked at a local auto repair shop, we would get 4-5 customers each year where one of the chain lube places would have "technicians" that seemed to have never seen the underside of a car and resulted in things like loose oil filters or drain plugs which cost the customer an engine. So we did engine replacements and billed the company.
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First and foremost I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Welcome to the forum and I hope that C5 brings back some cherished memories of your husband. Any oil change place will suffice, but you will want to ensure they use Mobile 1 synthetic 5w30.
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Sure. Any of these franchise places will work. Heck, even Walmart. I usually wouldn't recommend a dealer, but sometimes their oil change prices are on par with these oil change franchises.

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GM dealers and race shops and _trusted_ mechanics.
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So sorry for your loss
Your Corvette takes 5W30 and it must be FULL S=leftynthetic. The car comes with Mobil 1 but any full synthetic will work. Expect the oil change cost to be well above a normal oil change as the oil is more expensive. I had the dealer do it once (and only once) back in 02 and it was like $89! Now my buddies do it for $10 (I supply everything)
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Originally Posted by backpacker View Post
I inherited a 2002 corvette from my deceased husband. Does it matter where I have the oil changed? Jiffy Lube?
So sorry to hear of your loss. As others have said, the Chevrolet dealership is a very safe place to take your Corvette.

The best place to take your car might be where your husband used to take it. Often when a car gets its oil changed, the garage will put a sticker on the windshield. Check the windshield for that sticker and it may reveal where your husband used to take your car for the oil changes. If there is no sticker on your windshield, many people will save the service paperwork in the glove box along with the owners manual and other important papers (I do and your husband may have done this). If you find the paperwork in the glove box, that paperwork will show you who has been servicing your car.

You are very wise to ask this question- your Corvette can be easily damaged by some shops if they don't know how to put it up on a lift. It has delicate body parts along the side that can be broken by improper handling.
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Sure. Any of these franchise places will work. Heck, even Walmart. I usually wouldn't recommend a dealer, but sometimes their oil change prices are on par with these oil change franchises.
You must not care much about your C5 if you would get an oil change at one of those places.
OP take it to a place that knows something about Corvettes. Dealerships usually have at least one tech that knows Corvettes.
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Originally Posted by wdcraig View Post
So sorry to hear of your loss. As others have said, the Chevrolet dealership is a very safe place to take your Corvette.

The best place to take your car might be where your husband used to take it. Often when a car gets its oil changed, the garage will put a sticker on the windshield. Check the windshield for that sticker and it may reveal where your husband used to take your car for the oil changes. If there is no sticker on your windshield, many people will save the service paperwork in the glove box along with the owners manual and other important papers (I do and your husband may have done this). If you find the paperwork in the glove box, that paperwork will show you who has been servicing your car.

You are very wise to ask this question- your Corvette can be easily damaged by some shops if they don't know how to put it up on a lift. It has delicate body parts along the side that can be broken by improper handling.
Good idea.
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You must not care much about your C5 if you would get an oil change at one of those places.
OP take it to a place that knows something about Corvettes. Dealerships usually have at least one tech that knows Corvettes.
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You don't say where in the world you're located.

On one hand, it's a Chevrolet, so just about any place can work on it. Most Corvette owners are a little picky, though. I'd recommend bringing your own oil and filters, and taking it to a local independent shop. Where did your husband take it? Do you know?

For oil, 5W30 Synthetic is required. I personally prefer the Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic. You can get that at Walmart for $25 ish usually. And I prefer Wix filters, available at most auto parts stores. Napa Gold filters are also good. I would not use a cheap filter, and I consider the AC-Delco (genuine GM) one of the worst cheap filters for the engines in these Corvettes.

And unless it's been driven daily, or driven a lot, most folks change the oil in these things once a year, regardless of mileage. You can go 7500 to 10000 miles on an oil change if you use the correct (full synthetic) oil and a good (Wix/Napa Gold) filter.

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Not many corvette owners will have oil change stickers on the windshield, I know I wouldn't.
I would take it to a corvette specialist or at the very least, a place that works on sports cars/hotrods.
***Beware of dealers**** this is the first thing this forum has taught Vette owners.
Sorry about your husband
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I would hardly call myself an expert in Corvettes as I recently purchased mine but I did just do an oil change 2 weeks ago where I bought the oil (Mobil 1 Synthetic–5W30) and filter to my regular mechanic and it was a very easy straightforward job that took about 20-30 minutes to complete so I don't think it is too specialized a job to do.
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When I first bought my Ď99 I needed a change for my first road trip, and had no time to do it myself. Looked up in the top left of the windshield and found the sticker of the place that did it most recently. Tried them and sure enough they knew what they were doing.
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I've checked with a few oil change places and they won't touch my corvette due to the low clearance. I wound up going to the Chevy dealership. It was a little more expensive than your regular oil change place, but not horribly so.

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