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$35 Mobil 1 Synthetic with Mobil 1 filter, DIY.
 

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used to pay, but I'm doing it myself now, its way too easy not to, and saves some serious $ over thelife of the car.
 

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chobits said:
the dealer charges $50 for the oil change
i'm wondering if they're using synthetic or just a regular oil
unless you request synthetic, you're almost certainly getting whatever standard oil they use. All my services have been complimentary up until my next one (30k). I'll probably do the major interval services at the dealer 30/60/90k because I get a free loaner for the day. The other services are basically oil change/air filter change/tire rotation and I don't see any point in going to the dealer for that work. I just took my wife's accord to the mobil station 2 blocks away and got an oil change for $20 total. I use mobil 1 on my car and i asked how much it would be and they told me it would be $15 + $6 or $7/qt so I'm looking at about $50-$55 for that.

I'd change it on my own if I had my own house, but living in an aparment with a parking garage is a little more difficult to work on my own car.
 

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veggiezombie said:
Is it true that once we use synthetic oil, we should stay with it (not going back to standard ones)...?
Yes, it is not recommended to switch back.
 

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bartkat said:
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bartkat said:
What's the best way to get the filter out, once it's removed from the block? I'm still having trouble with that.
On a manual...its easy...right out the top.
I have automatic and it's getting caught between the dipstick and the ECU box. There's a hose right there that it catches on.
Drop it (don't take this literally...it will make a mess) through the bottom then.
 

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Wino_II said:
bartkat said:
Wino_II said:
bartkat said:
What's the best way to get the filter out, once it's removed from the block? I'm still having trouble with that.
On a manual...its easy...right out the top.
I have automatic and it's getting caught between the dipstick and the ECU box. There's a hose right there that it catches on.
Drop it (don't take this literally...it will make a mess) through the bottom then.
No, not literally. :lol: It's just a pain to take the bottom cover loose. Maybe I'm just lazy.
 

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- I spend about $15... do it myself
 

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bartkat said:
Wino_II said:
bartkat said:
What's the best way to get the filter out, once it's removed from the block? I'm still having trouble with that.
On a manual...its easy...right out the top.
I have automatic and it's getting caught between the dipstick and the ECU box. There's a hose right there that it catches on.
Unscrew the tranny fluid dipstick. Movin the dipstick out of the way will produce more clearance.
 
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