This came up on another thread and I was compelled to write something.
For the do-it-yourselfers out there.
If you are considering doing your own oil changes Canadian Tire has their oil change supplies on sale at 50% off this week.
I decided to make the switch to doing my own oil changes after two incidents that left me steamed:
1. I needed a simple oil change on my E350 Motorhome at the local Ford dealer and though I had an 8am appointment I needed to leave it with them. I was thinking it would be in for part of the morning, and after two phonecalls later in the day to see why it was taking so long I only got the unit back at 1645!! They said because they have only one hoist to lift such a large vehicle, it goes in on standby for that day for whenever the hoist is free. I kept thinking I would get it back at any time so I put off doing a dozen other things so I could finish winterizing the motorhome. They ruined my day for such a menial task.
2. A very prominent local shop changed my 6R's oil a couple of months ago and when I got home I noticed oil dripping from the drain plug. It turns out the plug was only thumbed in and had I not noticed, who knows how soon/long or where it would have taken for it to fall out dumping the oilpans contents over my rear tire.
I have now bought a 12L oil collection pan at Canadian Tire for only $5.49, I already have a funnel. I just need to get the filter wrench but have to measure the filter sizes on my 6R, Tercel, Astro and motorhome to figure out what I need. Has anyone used those rubber-band style wrenches for removing filters?? One advantage is one size will fit many applications. (Note: the filter wrenches are not on sale)