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#16 TAHOE ONLINE  

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 07:59 AM

Been there done that with previous people over tightening or not knowing what they are doing.

 

We had a '99 Subaru, had that same filter cartridge, I too usually had a mess.

 

I vowed never to have Walmart touch my vehicles after I had to have them change my oil. I had just gotten my 79 camaro on the road, fresh motor but insurance wanted prove of mileage so I could get my under 5/k miles per year discount. Walmart was cheapest so I went there. After they had me come inspect the "no oil" on the dipstick I told them I would never be back. It was fresh motor with 50 miles on it and a chrome dipstick, the dipstick looking at it didn't see dirty oil so he said it had no oil. Then they wanted to argue with me when I asked for 6 quarts.....I put the pan on, I knew what it took.

 

Grumpy, 65% of toyotas are made in USA and have the American models have parts made in other countries. I try to buy American, but it's becoming a mute point these days. 


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Posted May 18, 2014 - 06:26 PM

I bought my camry used. So no free maintenance unless they screwed me out of it.

I'll keep doing it myself. The new tool will help.

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 06:33 PM

Grumpy, 65% of toyotas are made in USA and have the American models have parts made in other countries. I try to buy American, but it's becoming a mute point these days.


Just like my made in America Polaris rzr and it mostly came from canada.

Or my honda that was made in the Carolinas.

It doesn't matter where they came from these days. All I know is that American cars have terrible resale values. Honda, Toyota, and other imports have huge resale value.

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 08:11 PM

No issues like that on my 95 Camry. Regular spin on that doesn't require crawling under for. Slant 4 makes getting to everything easy. Tires fall off when the last lug is removed.

My daughter has one of those that she inherited from my Mom when she passed away 5 years ago (today actually). I still have to do all the work on it but as you say the oil changes are a piece of cake, wheels come off easy etc. It has been a pain in the ---- at times with other issues but it still seems fairly trustworthy. The timing belt broke at 70,000 when Mom had it and it's at 141,000 now. Fortunately my wife was driving when that happened and there was no other engine damage. I've got the kit but not looking forward to doing the job. Got to do it pretty soon I guess!

 

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 08:33 PM

I developed a front seal leak a while back, Decided to change the timing belt and water pump along with the seal. Only took a day to do. Not a problem sense.


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Posted May 18, 2014 - 09:20 PM

Yeah that's the whole kit I had her buy. Just my big fat hands don't fit in there well. I changed the power steering belt once and although it's easy it was hard too---LOL! There's only like 1-1/2" for 3" hands. Hers has a minor oil leak on the transaxle end somewhere below the distributor that I just can't seem to locate. Doesn't affect oil consumption.

 

I tried Amzoil in it one time and that was a mistake. within 2000 miles the oil pressure light started coming off and on then leaks developed. It scared the heck out of my daughter (and me too honestly) since she was living 350 miles away at the time, Went back to plain old oil again and all is fine. She found an RPM where the light stayed off and drove it home at about 50 mph. I changed the sending unit and that didn't help so the synthetic oil got dumped. That was 2 or 3 years ago now.

 

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 10:32 PM

 

I tried Amzoil in it one time and that was a mistake. within 2000 miles the oil pressure light started coming off and on then leaks developed. It scared the heck out of my daughter (and me too honestly) since she was living 350 miles away at the time, Went back to plain old oil again and all is fine. She found an RPM where the light stayed off and drove it home at about 50 mph. I changed the sending unit and that didn't help so the synthetic oil got dumped. That was 2 or 3 years ago now.

 

Interesting story. Just shows again that there is no magic bullet for every situation. 


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 05:56 AM

One thing I did like about the new Subaru motors is that the oil filters are on top of the engine right in front of you. There's a little cup with a drain that catches any oil that might come out of the filter. It makes it super easy to DIY oil change. On the new CX5 they do the oil changes every 8000km or 5k miles and it uses 0w20 synthetic oil. The Mazda dealer has the best price for synthetic oil that I've seen. Not sure what brand it is but the manual recommends Castrol products so I figure there is a good chance it's Castrol Syntech. 


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 09:52 AM

One thing I did like about the new Subaru motors is that the oil filters are on top of the engine right in front of you. There's a little cup with a drain that catches any oil that might come out of the filter. It makes it super easy to DIY oil change.

 

My wie's jeep liberty is like that. have plastic drain under hte oil fitler that shoots it over to the side and not on anything.

We had new '96 Ford Ranger and a '98 Escort ZX2, both of those had the oil filter directly above the starter.....oil covered starter when you removed fitler. What was the engineer smoking that day he created that design? :shoot2:


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 10:43 AM

On some vehicles with spin on filters  if there is enough room , I will crack the filter loose  then take a long pointed punch and poke a hole in the filter to drain the oil out sometime with a cut-in-half qt bottle to help . It really helps on the large 2-3 qt truck filters , your not trying to remove a heavy filter laying on your back .


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 10:51 AM

I change the oil in the BlueOx twice a year whether it needs it or not. Christine is self changing. You just keep pouring more in and it is eventually all replaced. Once a year it gets a filter.


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 11:56 AM

On some vehicles with spin on filters if there is enough room , I will crack the filter loose then take a long pointed punch and poke a hole in the filter to drain the oil out sometime with a cut-in-half qt bottle to help . It really helps on the large 2-3 qt truck filters , your not trying to remove a heavy filter laying on your back .


When I was responsible for all the truck service at my first job I would take a screw driver and poke a couple holes in the filter and drain it. The first time of dumping a big 2 quart filter on my head I figured out a better way.
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Posted May 20, 2014 - 05:24 AM

I'm not good speaking instructions let alone writing , I should have said to just loosen the filter enough that it could be turned off by hand and then if you have to crack it to let air in for more flow your not trying to loosen a peeing filter with a wrench ,  that's messy too , I know lol


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