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Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:54:35 pm »
Changed my oil today.  Ran some Gunk Engine Flush.  This is the second time I've used it.  This time used a Bosch Premium filter from Autozone instead of a Fram.  Cost me $6.50 + tax.  Is this how much it's supposed to be?  The Fram was only a $1 less.  Used 4 quarts of Chevron 5W-30.  Added a Quart of Lucas Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer cause the guy at Autozone said it was good stuff.

Then, I finally removed a 2 inch nail from my tire that has been there for about 15 months and 30K miles.  When I first saw the nail, it had the head still attached.  Now it's just a sharp point.  I used a Plug Kit from Slime which seemed to be good.  The directions say that you put the plug 2/3 the way in and then cut out what is remaining.  I did that, but when I cut out the remaining part, it looked like part of the plug sunk back in.  I just have to wait and see tomorrow if the tire is still holding air.

Other than that, I'm starting to become a regular joe that can do the basics on his car.  Considering that I grew up where we always took are car to the mechanic for everything, ,even filling up the windshield wiper fluid.   :P  Next I need to figure out how to change/remove spark plugs cause I have no idea where they are.

Things to do on my list:
Power Steering Flush
Brake Fluid Flush
Coolant Flush (if there is such a thing)
Transmission Flush (don't know if I can do this myself)
Change Brake Pads
Change Rotors

What else is there?
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #1 on: October 25, 2008, 08:10:30 pm »
    Steve 'ol buddy, I recommend you take it to a good service center for everything you listed except the brakes.  Seriously.  Everything else you listed includes fluids that must be "properly" disposed of.  If you want to do them because you can?  Go for it.  If you want to do it to save money? Uh-uh, my time's more valuable.

    Boils down to the fact that a good shop will have purpose built equipment(which is expensive, part of your labor bill) for the job.  They'll be able to do it in minutes, and it would take a lot more time at home, plus the trip for waste disposal, etc. 

    Two you listed:

    1. Coolant flush.  Yes there are products that work pretty well.  But the best way is a reverse flush.  Takes a special machine.

    2. Tranny flush.  Almost impossible to do correctly at home, and almost sure to be messy.  Good service shops put it up on a hoist, drop the pan(I'm assuming automatic here) and truly "flush" it out entirely new fluid.  Dang near impossible at home.
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #2 on: October 25, 2008, 08:17:39 pm »
    I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do most of that stuff.  I figure it'd be good to know where it is.  I've been to a demo derby and those guys are amazing, especially when fixing up the cars in a short period of time.  My wife thought I was crazy cause I was excited to change my oil.  I'm actually enjoying it.  Now my goal is to see how fast I can do it.  Right now it's taking me about 20 minutes to jack up the car, remove the plug, drain completely, remove filter, and then put it all back together.

    Any opinion on that Lucas stuff?  That stuff was super thick as I was pouring it in.  Guy at the counter says that's the stuff the big rig companies use almost exclusively.  I bought it for $11 a quart.
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #3 on: October 25, 2008, 08:37:15 pm »
    Honest opinion?  You got took. The employee most likely didn't know anything about the product other than it makes a good "upsell"  In fact, given the current direction the thermometer is heading, the last thing you want to do is put something thick in your oil to slow down low temperature flow capability.
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #4 on: October 25, 2008, 08:57:01 pm »
    well no worries.  I'll be changing my oil again in another 6 to 8 weeks.  this is how I learn and its still fun.
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #5 on: October 25, 2008, 11:19:59 pm »
    That stuff, you can add to your oil to stretch out the miles before you get it changed.  Say your at 3000 miles and you can't get a change for another week or two, drain a little and put that in. 
    That's what I've done in the past before I started using full synthetic.
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    « Reply #6 on: October 25, 2008, 11:22:11 pm »
    Oh, with full synthetics, to stretch the miles... just unscrew the old filter off and put a new one on.   And of course, before you put on that new filter, fill it with whatever oil your running.   You'll lose a little oil in this process... so make sure you put it back up to the proper level.
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #7 on: October 26, 2008, 12:40:57 am »
    This is a "generally" type recommendation, exact circumstances dictate, and all that:

    Synthetic or no, over 5,000 between changes is starting to push it.  Pass 7,000 by much, and you are asking for it in a big way.
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    « Reply #8 on: October 26, 2008, 02:20:55 am »
    Ninety percent of fishing equipment is designed and marketed to catch fisherperson's wallets , not fish. -anon

    No disrespect intended.

    -Playing chemist: Fluids are researched and designed by chemists to perform a certain task.
    Adding anything to Trans, Oil, or even Power Steering, and Coolant, will change the Chemical make up.
    Lots of money is spent on Research & Development, I personally choose to not to play chemist.

    -Engine Flush: can cause some serious problems. All it takes is the pick-up screen to get clogged with some "blob".

    -Up-sell, at the counter sale...etc.

    Sales Rep shows up in "that" car, or "that" truck. Right off the bat the boys run out to see this Ride.
    Rep passes out hats, key chains with beer lifter and "here take this purple one for Sweet Thang, Sweet Thangs likes the color purple."

    Boys got their free toys, and head on in...
    Rep comes with his Presentation, and "boys, lunch is on me", and it is a good lunch, that fancy box jobbie that is delivered by that good looking honey from the Deli...the nice one, sorta pricy.

    Forty two 8x10 glossy's are tossed out and some are product, and some are "yeah, we got old Smokey Leroy in # 12 to sign them pictures, just for you boys...we care about you boys, you are on the front lines and all..."

    Presentation is fancy, with gigdets, gadgets, with razzle-dazzle and computer graphics and....

    That is why one week them boys hard sell that Blinker Fluid,  and the next week  Muffler Bearing Grease and the next...

    These boys got a box lunch,  hat, signed picture of Smoky Leroy, beer lifter and Sweet Thang nibbled on their ear, and got all snuggly cuddly with her fella that works the "front line" as there is Just something about a fella in uniform... that brought  her a  purple beer top lifter.

    Laugh if you want, but this how the game has been played, and will continue to be.

    -Synthetic:
    Depends on temps where one lives.
    Most folks don't need it, and most folks don't get the full benefit as they change it out too soon.
    I don't care if guns, cars, mountain bikes, lawnmowers, or  door  hinge forums.
    WE got a serious case of obsessive compulsive lube freaks.

    I/we  run a small block in a Chevy Truck for almost 320,000 miles. I put right at 70,000 miles on it, the first year.
    I went through 4 windshields being on the road, and the first one had to be replaced 3 days after I took it out.
    From the hot and humid south to up north where it got coldddd!
    Never used synthetic, changed about every 4k. Now our folks (mechanics) had their druthers.
    I run Castrol, one gal was fond of Valvoline, and another Gulf, another Mobil.

    I run AC Delco or Wix filters.

    I repeated this with a Ford truck , used Motorcraft oil and filters and it went 400,000

    WE drove the darn things, and just ran what was spec'd, inspected and maintained.
    Well, except for some moonshine out of Kentucky, a shot glass of that stuff kept windshield wiper water from freezing...

    Fact of the matter is, most folks pay too much attention to engine oil , and do not pay enough attention to transmission, coolant system, suspension , brakes...fuel.
    WE have some really funky gas out there, depending on what part of the country one lives, and how "Gubmint meddled".
    Quailty of fuel plays a part in engine performance.

    Dino or Syn, don't matter, for if you run a funky fuel, the blow by and all will deposit acids and that needs to be changed out.

    Engine has to breath, and some of these after market air filters do not let the engine breath.
    But you do get bragging rights, and a free sticker for the back glass ...


    Vehicles today are funky due to Gubmint meddlin', with all the useless crap that has to be added to choke them down.
    Same meddln' Gubmint will nail your rear end to the wall , if fluids are not removed, disposed of, and refilled properly.

    Get a manual, check local regs, and be brutally honest what one can do, what one cannot, and where it might be best to let a reputable shop, with license and creds do something.
    Something gets the gubmint to meddle, this shop can back you up, and you don't get tripped up.

    Remember, one is to never substitute tail light fluid for muffler bearing fluid...







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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #9 on: October 26, 2008, 08:59:29 pm »
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    Remember, one is to never substitute tail light fluid for muffler bearing fluid...

    But in a pinch, you can use it to sub for Blinker fluid...

    Just after I got The Chairborne Ranger, I had all the fluids changed out. Engine oil came out clear as new.  Front diff was OK, rear needed changed.  The tranny was a whole 'nother story....

    It came out brown.  Some knucklehead at FoMoCo decided that Auto Tranny Fluid was a better lube for the Ranger 5 spd than good ol' fashioned gear oil.  In addition to worn out ATF draining out, a very finely ground brass came out with it.  Had it been dry, it would almost qualify as dust.

    The Lube Dude said it was from the shift syncros being worn from lack of proper lubrication. No wonder it was a little hard to shift gears.  He also said that because it was ATF instead of a proper gear oil, it was a good idea to have the tranny fluid changed out BEFORE the recommended interval.

    When they replaced the fluid, they went a pint shy and put in the Lucas stuff instead.  After only a few miles for the fluid to warm up and circulate, I noticed that shifting was a easier.  It may buy me some time before I have to replace the tranny, but I'm semi looking forward to having to do it.

    When the thing flat-lines on me, I'm going with a manual shift transfer case and lock out hubs, instead of the push button system on the thing now.  It works just fine now, but the one time I'm out in BFE and NEED 4X4, will be the time the electronics will flip me the bird...

    Anyways, a wordy post to say the Lucas stuff worked for me...  Your Mileage May Vary...
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    « Reply #10 on: October 26, 2008, 11:28:56 pm »
    Don't forget to check your headlamp filters either......
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #11 on: October 27, 2008, 09:40:06 am »
    Forger-  Those trannies were designed to use ATF.  THey will hold up fine with it assuming 2 things:

    1. Keep the fliud level where it needs to be.  They have a notorious problem with one type of leak:  Up near the top there are 3 rubber plugs that seal the ends of the holes that the shift rails reside in.  Check those for leaks.  If they are leaking, have them replaced.  The plugs have been updated to a better design.

    2.  Change it when the book says you should.

    If you do those 2 things it should last a long time.

    The lube guy was right, those shavings are from the synchro blocking rings.  That's not good.  But if it's currently shifting fine, just keep the fluid level up.
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    Re: Changed My Oil and Fixed a Flat Tire
    « Reply #12 on: October 31, 2008, 05:04:17 am »
    I have been using Castrol GTX for years, with Purolator filters for a few years now, on my 96 Jetta and then my 06 Frontier; over 80K miles total, between the two. I've had no problems. I've gotten the go ahead for that formula from a life-long motorhead who had a full blown garage in his back yard growing up. I've had no problems at all. I had a roommate who loved the Lucasoil stuff for his 5.0 Mustang, but he was the type to get sold on anything that sounded good. He claimed to know his stuff, but it was nothing technical. I go with plain old conventional 10W-30 every 3,000 miles and I've been runnin strong ever since.
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