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Old 10-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Oil changes

How many change their own oil and how many use Petro or other companies and why each?
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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We have our oil changed at a local commercial Ford dealer. Cost is $39, including lube. (This is for a Ford F53 chassis.)
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:13 PM   #3
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Rather do it myself...

I change my own oil and perform the needed maintenace. I know whats been done and how its was done.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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I have changed my own oil, cost vary $25-40. It's easy, access if O.K. but it can get messy. I now use latex gloves, a catch pan on newspapers and kitty litter to clean things up. Then I have paid to have the oil changed at an RV service center at like $100. Paying a mechanics wages plus parts. Once at a local family owned "auto" repair shop I got my oil changed for $40. But the owner has passed and now this is not possible.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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I change my own oil and perform the needed maintenance. I know whats been done and how its was done.
X2 I once worked in this industry; and the loser dropout kids who do oil/lub changes, are only doing the oil change thing because they failed the MacDonalds burger flipping requirements.

There is absolutley no way I intend to let one of these little creeps anywhere near my rig, torquing my oil drain plug to 150 ft/lbs!!
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It all depends what class A you have, how old and tired you are from crawling on the ground. Many years ago, I preformed all engine maintenance. Now, I leave it up to the professional. This includes my truck, suv, MH. So, mine goes in for a lub, oil, filters, fuel filters, and what ever else is necessary. Piece of mind. So, you be the judge, out on the interstate I want this rig to roll, and it does.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:50 PM   #7
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Do it myself.
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X2 I once worked in this industry; and the loser dropout kids who do oil/lub changes, are only doing the oil change thing because they failed the MacDonalds burger flipping requirements. There is absolutley no way I intend to let one of these little creeps anywhere near my rig, torquing my oil drain plug to 150 ft/lbs!!
True that.
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KeWag got it right.
I take mine in as well. Let some one else bust their knuckles.

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I change my own oil and perform the needed maintenace. I know whats been done and how its was done.
This is my feeling as well. It also forces me under the coach on a regular basis. That's a good way to catch pending issues. If I were going to use a service for this it would be Speedco. They specialize in L/O/F and have a good reputation.

In my opinion, the problem with going to one if the big truck shops is that their high labor rate does not reflect the quality of work performed. If I had a major drive train issue I would go to one of these major shops, but for L/O/F they put their newest, lowest paid guy on the job because they consider it "scut" work. Some folks like to have this routine stuff done at a big shop because they feel like that insures an experienced tech will be putting eyes on their coach. This only happens if you schedule and pay for that type of a mechanical inspection.
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I change my own oil and filter. I use Mobil 1. I want to see under there anyway and lube is not a big deal. I want to know it is done right.
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Take the coach to Cummins or Alliance Motor Coach.
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Cummins or a reputable heavy truck service center. You should check with your chassis manufacturer for recognized service centers or do an internet search from their web site!
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