• Oil Change

    From Steven Wolf@1:267/160 to All on Wed May 22 09:43:18 2019
    After how many miles do you have your oil changed in your vehicle? Do you have a favorite oil brand? One that you swear by? What weight do you prefer? 10W-30? Synthetic? If your dealer changes your oil how often do they say to bring it in? Do you know what oil they use? What about anti-freeze? Summer is almost here? Is your vehicle ready for it? You need the right oil because your car gets a lot hotter in the summer. You need the right ant-freeze mix because the AC also makes your car run much hotter. Is your vehicle "up to snuff"??

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  • From Mike Powell to STEVEN WOLF on Wed May 22 19:28:00 2019
    What weight do you prefer? 10W-30?

    I prefer whatever weight the owner's manual says to use for that particular vehicle. I have had vehicles that take 10W-40, 10W-30, and 5W-30 at
    various times.

    Mike

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  • From Ron Kinney@1:104/115 to Steven Wolf on Tue May 28 09:23:47 2019
    Re: Oil Change
    By: Steven Wolf to All on Wed May 22 2019 09:43 am

    After how many miles do you have your oil changed in your vehicle? Do you have a favorite oil brand? One that you swear by? What weight do you prefer? 10W-30? Synthetic? If your dealer changes your oil how often do they say to bring it in? Do you know what oil they use? What about anti-freeze? Summer is almost here? Is your vehicle ready for it? You need the right oil because your car gets a lot hotter in the summer. You need the right ant-freeze mix because the AC also makes your car run much hotter. Is your vehicle "up to snuff"??

    It definitely depends on the vehicle. My diesel truck has a recommended oil change interval of 15,000 miles. Many people have told me that I am crazy doing oil changes at such a long intervals. I haven't had any issues yet and the engine has just crossed the 200,000 mile mark. The truck is a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins engine.

    For my gas powered truck, I do oil changes at around 6000 miles.

    I never listen to the oil change service shops, though. They still recommend 3000 mile oil changes which is far too frequent with modern cars. Thats just wasted money and oil.




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  • From Steven Wolf@1:267/160 to Ron Kinney on Sun Jun 9 18:02:53 2019
    Re: Oil Change
    By: Ron Kinney to Steven Wolf on Tue May 28 2019 09:23 am

    After how many miles do you have your oil changed in your vehicle? Do
    you have a favorite oil brand? One that you swear by? What weight do
    you prefer? 10W-30? Synthetic? If your dealer changes your oil how

    It definitely depends on the vehicle. My diesel truck has a recommended oil change interval of 15,000 miles. Many people have told me that I am crazy doing oil changes at such a long intervals. I haven't had any issues yet and the engine has just crossed the 200,000 mile mark. The truck is a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins engine.

    WOw. You must be a good mechanic. Me? I always buy the oil that's on sale. After all I have no clue what is really coming out of a container of oil.

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  • From Ron Kinney@1:104/115 to Steven Wolf on Thu Jun 13 08:40:09 2019
    Re: Oil Change
    By: Steven Wolf to Ron Kinney on Sun Jun 09 2019 06:02 pm

    After how many miles do you have your oil changed in your vehicle? Do
    you have a favorite oil brand? One that you swear by? What weight do
    you prefer? 10W-30? Synthetic? If your dealer changes your oil how

    It definitely depends on the vehicle. My diesel truck has a recommended oil change interval of 15,000 miles. Many people have told me that I am crazy doing oil changes at such a long intervals. I haven't had any issues yet and the engine has just crossed the 200,000 mile mark. The truck is a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Cummins engine.

    WOw. You must be a good mechanic. Me? I always buy the oil that's on sale. After all I have no clue what is really coming out of a container of oil.

    I'm not a mechanic at all, but I don't mind turning wrenches on my free time. Its just too frustrating for me at times. I remember wanting to add a tachometer to my classic truck. One of my mechanic friends said that it was super easy to do. Basically, just wire the tach to the ignition coil, then mount the tach. Its only a few connections -- about 30 minutes of work.

    This job took me all weekend. I knew I was in trouble when I unscrewed the bolts on the ignition coil only to have the bolt break off. It all went downhill from there.


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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to Ron Kinney on Thu Jun 13 13:42:12 2019

    On 2019 Jun 13 08:40:08, you wrote to Steven Wolf:

    I'm not a mechanic at all, but I don't mind turning wrenches on my
    free time. Its just too frustrating for me at times. I remember
    wanting to add a tachometer to my classic truck. One of my mechanic friends said that it was super easy to do. Basically, just wire the
    tach to the ignition coil, then mount the tach. Its only a few
    connections -- about 30 minutes of work.

    yeah... maybe 15, even...

    This job took me all weekend. I knew I was in trouble when I unscrewed
    the bolts on the ignition coil only to have the bolt break off. It all went downhill from there.

    are you talking about the two nuts on top of the coil where the two wires that provide power and ground are connected?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Igncoil.jpg

    they should come off quite easily... if the threaded studs break, the coil needed replacing anyway...

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  • From Ron Kinney@1:104/115 to mark lewis on Tue Jun 18 08:07:55 2019
    Re: Oil Change
    By: mark lewis to Ron Kinney on Thu Jun 13 2019 01:42 pm

    yeah... maybe 15, even...

    This job took me all weekend. I knew I was in trouble when I unscrewed the bolts on the ignition coil only to have the bolt break off. It all went downhill from there.

    are you talking about the two nuts on top of the coil where the two wires that provide power and ground are connected?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Igncoil.jpg

    they should come off quite easily... if the threaded studs break, the coil needed replacing anyway...

    Thats exactly it. Everything always looks good on paper, but this was how it all unfolded.

    I attempted to loosen the bolts for the electrical wires on the coil and they literally just unscrewed INTO the ignition coil. I couldn't get them back out, so I decided to get a new coil, which was a trip to the auto store.

    To get the ignition coil off, I needed to remove the air filter and carburetor.

    However, the bolts holding the ignition coil onto the engine just wouldn't come off. When I used an impact wrench, the bolt busted. I ended up drilling them out.

    So after buying a new coil and installing it and putting everything together, the car wouldn't start. After sime debugging, I realized the parts store sold me a bad coil. So I went to the store again, got another one, reinstalled it. This time, the car fired up and the tach worked.

    So much for 15 minutes, lol.

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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to Ron Kinney on Tue Jun 18 15:28:42 2019

    On 2019 Jun 18 08:07:54, you wrote to me:

    are you talking about the two nuts on top of the coil where the two
    wires that provide power and ground are connected?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Igncoil.jpg

    they should come off quite easily... if the threaded studs break, the
    coil needed replacing anyway...

    Thats exactly it. Everything always looks good on paper, but this was how it all unfolded.

    [snip]

    holy geez, man! that is really whack... i've seen similar but was wrapped in another project and was unable to watch it unfolding... that was back in high school...

    then there was the time my mother got a gasket kit because she needed the valve
    cover gaskets replaced... they had been leaking oil and she had overtightened the valve cover bolts which caused the gaskets to split and break... this was a
    '70something toyota corolla... one of the gaskets in the kit was the exhaust gasket and she insisted that it be replaced, too...

    two broken exhaust studs, several broken drill bits, and three broken EZOuts later, she drove it to the dealership... cost was two diamond drill bits, several more EZOuts, and several hours of labor... plus, of course, the replacement studs which ended up being all eight of them... she didn't worry about doing any of the other gaskets (timing chain cover, oil pump, water pump,
    etc) after that...

    i think she was happy to replace the vehicle after a train yard engine caught the rear quarter panel and rolled it over a year or so later... that's another story altogether, though ;)

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  • From Ron Kinney@1:104/115 to mark lewis on Thu Jun 20 10:39:20 2019
    Re: Oil Change
    By: mark lewis to Ron Kinney on Tue Jun 18 2019 03:28 pm

    holy geez, man! that is really whack... i've seen similar but was wrapped in another project and was unable to watch it unfolding... that was back in high school...

    then there was the time my mother got a gasket kit because she needed the valve
    cover gaskets replaced... they had been leaking oil and she had overtightened the valve cover bolts which caused the gaskets to split and break... this was a
    '70something toyota corolla... one of the gaskets in the kit was the exhaust gasket and she insisted that it be replaced, too...

    two broken exhaust studs, several broken drill bits, and three broken EZOuts later, she drove it to the dealership... cost was two diamond drill bits, several more EZOuts, and several hours of labor... plus, of course, the replacement studs which ended up being all eight of them... she didn't worry about doing any of the other gaskets (timing chain cover, oil pump, water pump,
    etc) after that...

    i think she was happy to replace the vehicle after a train yard engine caught the rear quarter panel and rolled it over a year or so later... that's another story altogether, though ;)

    Its definitely frustrating! I don't mind spending the time fixing up a nice classic muscle car. Dunno if I'd have the patience on an old Toyota Corolla though, lol.

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  • From kurt weiske@1:229/310 to Ron Kinney on Sat Sep 21 13:00:48 2019
    It definitely depends on the vehicle. My diesel truck has a recommended oil change interval of 15,000 miles. Many people have told me that I am crazy doing oil changes at such a long intervals. I haven't had any
    issues yet and the engine has just crossed the 200,000 mile mark.

    That sounds crazy, but times change. I drove Rabbit Diesels all through the
    80s and early 90s, and probably put 200,000 miles on them at the time. I was told to change the oil religiously because a Diesel could suck oil past the rings easier than a gas engine (because of the higher compression ratio)

    I think I did 5000 miles as a lazy college kid.

    Now, I'm driving a Prius, which takes synthetic 0w-30. The manual said to do
    a tire rotation at 5K and another tire rotation and oil change every 10K, now
    I do one tire rotation and oil change at 7.5k. I've got a mechanic I trust who's cheaper than the dealer, so it ends up being cheaper in the long run.

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