Things I have taken for granted being a car guy, The Oil Change

451Mopar

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Yes, took longer to post than do the oil change.
My Daughter said, "is that all you have to do, that's easy."
I said, "yes, as long as everything goes correctly."
Lucky she has a fairly low mile 2017 car that looks like only the dealer serviced.
I'm pretty sure the car was in an accident before my daughter bought it, the body repair was not very good, and had cracking bondo and rust stain on the fender.

I started telling her, things don't always go as planned. If you over-tighten the oil filter, it is going to be a pain to get it off.
Use the wrong wrench on the oil fill plug can round the hex head off, over-tighten the oil drain plug and it can strip the threads, or at least make it a bear to remove next time.
Honestly, how many of us have extra oil drain plug gaskets in the tool box. Only reason I have some drain plug gaskets is I knew the one on Glorias car needed to be replaced.
The one on the daughters car was fine, just stuck to the oil pan. I told her it is a part that needs to be inspected and sometimes replaced.

I don't worry much about gaskets for the old Mopars, I have a stack of old partial gasket kits and even some new unused gaskets in the sealed packages.
Working on the old Mopars for 40 years you tend to accumulate a bunch of extra parts.
 

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Don't know if it's mentioned anywhere, I always use a pick or a knife to punch a small hole in the opposite top of the plastic bottle for air displacement, to prevent oil spillage as it regurgitates during fill, especially with those big gallon jugs. Back in my old days it was punch a small notch with the can opener on the other side of the can.
 

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I get tickled, as this word (oil) seems a particular sense of amusement with northerners - more to the point,
how they perceive southerners pronounce the word.
I've been directly asked more than once - they expect me to say it like fake southern actors would on TV,
"earl" - and when I pronounce it "oll" (no "i" in there, just oll), they find that hilarious.

What can I say? Around here, I've always been told I talk like a Yankee - but when talking to old friends
up north, they always comment on my southern accent.
Man without a country, I guess....
Had a thin joke book about 'all' (oil) and was geared towards Texas. Can't remember the author anymore but it was kinda funny....with pictures an all. First page was "I struck ALL on ma land"! Went downhill from there.
#42 Drive car to quick change place. Remove credit card....
I've replaced a few messed up 'all' drain plugs and had to chase the threads in the pan to clean them up after some oil change place got a hold of the car. I never took any of mine but my dad did and so did other relatives. I know of one where the oil change place didn't even tighten up the plug. Yup, it eventually fell out along with all the all!
My late mother took a class at work to do this. The “teacher” forgot step #14 and guess who the next driver of the family car was after that! Don’t skip #14!!!

Good job on documenting this @451Mopar !
I found out the hard way about #14 in 92 with a 92 V8 Dakota with less than 10k miles on it. The wife was going to take it for a errand and luckily she didn't turn on the radio right off the bat like usual and heard the 'pissing' noise of the oil squirting out from between the now doubled filter gaskets. It dumped almost all the oil out within 500 feet and left a nice oil trail to the point where she stopped. That was a first and I now check the old filter each and every time!
 

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Don't know if it's mentioned anywhere, I always use a pick or a knife to punch a small hole in the opposite top of the plastic bottle for air displacement, to prevent oil spillage as it regurgitates during fill, especially with those big gallon jugs. Back in my old days it was punch a small notch with the can opener on the other side of the can.
Just like with antifreeze jugs, if you hold it "on the flat" (sideways) then the fluid won't "chug" out the spout -
air gets an easy way into the jug to replace the fluid pouring out that way. :thumbsup:
 

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Just like with antifreeze jugs, if you hold it "on the flat" (sideways) then the fluid won't "chug" out the spout -
air gets an easy way into the jug to replace the fluid pouring out that way. :thumbsup:
Yup! Been doing that for years now......
 

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In about 1939 or 1940 my father was at the Ford dealer and the salesman points to the new Lincoln in the shop. "It's yours for the price of the new motor!". The mechanic drained the oil, it was 5 o'clock and he lowered the car and went home. The owner walked in, saw the car and "tried" to drive it home!
 

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My youngest daughter who's turning 20 in a few weeks can swap out her winter and summer tires on her 88 Aries K-Car all by herself, change the oil, air filter and check and top up all the fluids....She's even had a few break downs and I've talked her through diagnosis and minor repairs over the phone....pretty proud of her! :thumbsup:
 

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Number 14!! Lol ask me how I know about number 14
 

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Just teaching kids that internal combustion engines require regular oil and filter changes is an accomplishment.
 

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yeah and get to the part where they forget to put parts back like they did on my oil change. After that I started doing my own oil changes.

They didn’t put the skid plate back and damaged most of the plastic clips :(
 
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