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Not Time to Change the Oil

There are some things in life that appear to be work to many which I enjoy doing. There is personal fulfillment in doing something that most people pay some one else to do for them.

Changing the oil in the car

I’ve always changed my own oil in the car.  When the kids were home and we had 4 cars at the same time, I always changed the oil in those cars.

I like to keep the same oil and filter on a car from the day I purchase it till the day it drops dead.  I almost never sell a car, I never trade one in.  I also believe the manufacturer uses a rather generic designation for oil.  If the car is in a part of the country where it gets down to 50 below zero or in the desert where it gets to 110 they recommend the same oil.  In my case it is 5-30 which is too lite in the 100 plus heat of summer.

My Tracker now has 130,000 miles on it.  Yesterday I changed the oil and wrote all the details in the book I keep in the glove compartment.  130,002 miles.  This morning in preparation for a trip to Denver tomorrow, I took it in to have the tires rotated and balanced.

“We Changed the Oil”

When I went to pick it up they had “Changed the oil”.  There were now 130,005 miles on the Tracker.

It wasn’t the oil I use, it wasn’t the weight I use, it wasn’t the filter I use. Instead of 5.5 quarts as recommended, they put in 6 quarts.

There is so much more I could say about waste, 3 miles on an oil change . . .  but all I’ll say is:

This is the kind of thing that really makes me tired.

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