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Oil & Filter change

At a guess I suspect that myself and 7up are the only ones on the forum who change their oil & filter on their car(s)

But for those of you who do not what sort of money are you paying to get this job done at a garage ?

The reason I ask is due to an advert about a oil & filter change on a modern mini with the cost being over £100, no mention of the word service in the advert unless I have misunderstood something.

 

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I service both my own & my GFs cars so I do carry out oil & filter changes.

 

Some cars require exotic special specification synthetic oils which are expensive & some also have the oil filter in a stupid inaccessible place or hidden behind an engine protection shield adding to the labour charge.

 

Luckily for me on both cars a genuine oil filter is very cheap, easy to get at & the oil doesnt cost me anything either.

 

 

 

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I get my filters online which are very cheap compared to the likes of Halfords.

Which goes some way to make up for the expensive synthetic oil.

The best part of changing your own is the sitting down bit waiting for the last drips.

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Re: Oil & Filter change


gleneagles wrote:

At a guess I suspect that myself and 7up are the only ones on the forum who change their oil & filter on their car(s) 


On the renault i'd do it religiously but thats not done me much good - it now has a HG failure. I have another engine in storage but someone told me that unless it's been stored with coolant inside, the odds are the HG will fail on that too. I've not put that to the test yet obviously as the engines have not been swapped..yet

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When I had less money and more free time I would always do oil and filter changes myself. Now I have more money and prefer to go out for a drive in the country and a pub lunch rather than lying on my back underneath a car of a weekend. My local Mini dealership charges £115 for oil and filter changes, they collect the car from and return it to my place of work, give it a wash and vac, and I have a stamp in the service record when I decide to sell. Seems quite reasonable.

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I have a very good mobile mechanic... ( even got a B.Sc in engineering after his name )... Ex Army Mechanic too,... He keeps excellent records of what work he has done on my car, ( and I suspect other people`s too ).. I trust him to carry out all work that is needed... and he does a good job.. at home. at my conveinient time.  He charges £25 per hour...I usually go to the local Motor Factors, ( of which there are probably about 4 or 5 within 10 miles of me ).. to get the cheapest recommended grade of oil, and the filter(s) at trade prices.. and if he gets the parts, he charges trade price to me.. The last Oil, Air, and Fuel filter change cost me £35 labour.. a Gallon of oil is about £20 and the filters were about £20 for the three,.. so £75 approx ... but remember, it is done, when I want, and I don`t have to take the car and leave it for a whole day for a couple of hours work, and being inconvenienced for the whole day without the use of the car.

 

I used to do my own work, but I am too old, and my bones and muscles are not up to crawling around under cars anymore !

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I do my own, bike and car servicing as far as I can.
Oil & filter changes are no issue (usually), the Seat I have now needs fully synthetic oil, ridiculous price locally (like £40-50), get it online along with a filter set.
Bigger things like timing belts are left to the £££merchants.
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Remember the old days when you used to think a car with 60,000 miles on the clock was worn out?  Nowadays with modern engineering and lubricants 150,000 miles is probably the new norm provided you have your car serviced with regular oil changes and genuine filters.

Is it worth saving a few quid on clone/counterfeit parts and cheap oil?

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Depending on the brand, even 150k Miles is still Spring Chicken territory, plenty of old Mercedes Diesel taxis from the 70s and 80s that could hit 1 Million Kilometres (just over 620K Miles) before they were declared as worn out... Smiley

 

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AlaricAdair wrote:

Remember the old days when you used to think a car with 60,000 miles on the clock was worn out?  Nowadays with modern engineering and lubricants 150,000 miles is probably the new norm provided you have your car serviced with regular oil changes and genuine filters.


Regular oil changes mean nothing if something else like the cooling system fails - as has done on our renault... with a volvo engine in it. Volvo engines are normally just about run-in at 3-400K.... this one is on 90k and the head gasket is shot thanks to the cooling failure and an overheating session. No doubt the head is shot too.

 

Luckily I have another lump in the garage on a trolley but thats got 130k on it. I got that one from an identical model.. it used to run like a dog until i replaced all the breather tubes and dizzy and then it hit solid reliability. Just need to hope that one actually gets swapped into the car this year as so far Miss 7up is refusing to give me the spare time.

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Re: Oil & Filter change


AlaricAdair wrote:

Remember the old days when you used to think a car with 60,000 miles on the clock was worn out?  Nowadays with modern engineering and lubricants 150,000 miles is probably the new norm provided you have your car serviced with regular oil changes and genuine filters.

Is it worth saving a few quid on clone/counterfeit parts and cheap oil?


210,000 on my previous car... Skoda Fabia 1.9 SDI .... I had it 10 years, and did 165,000 of them with cheap oil and cheap filters... and an impressive average of 62m.p.g. over that time.  Never let me down..

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I think there is general agreement that diesel engines are likely to last longer that petrol engines, all things being equal.

Petrol seem to be ok up to the 150 - 160,000 miles mark whereas diesels can reach the 200 - 250,000 mark.

Usually my problem has been the bodywork going rather than engine problems.

There are a few internet sites which compare the structure and efficiancy of oil filters so as one earlier post mentioned cheapest is not always best but equally the most expensive might not be the best either so I would avoid Halfords and buy a filter from the dealers to be on the safe side.

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I had an old ford escort van, 350K on the clock. Eventually the head went, replaced it and off it went for another few thou.
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Interesting, my daughters Renault had a problem where the cooling system kept needing to be topped up. 

I let it run for a while and all seem OK when all of a sudden the coolant from the reservoir sprung a small leak once the engine had warmed up. Only a small leak, but under increasing pressure it really poured out in a steady if small stream. Replacing the reservoir solved the problem, but it could have been a lot worse if she'd been on a long run somewhere. 

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Should do it more often I suppose but at my age it gets done 'free of charge' at my local garage each year and when the MOT is due. Pay for the oil and filter of course, and at least I can be fairly sure the parts are genuine. 

Used to do a fair bit on the car in my younger days as did most of us baby boomers I expect but now, just total confusion when I look under that bonnet.  Remember those rear window stickers, "Running in, Please pass"?

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