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Wasn't today, but last week I got an oil change plus state inspection and emissions inspection, and no repairs needed for $180 total at dealer prices.  Not too shabby for a 10 year old German car.  (granted I did replace the front brakes and an air strut this summer)

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No state inspection here either and my oil change will be about $30 and that's actually probably what I'll do on Thanksgiving because we'll have a nice weather day, about 55 degrees. 

10 hours ago, balthazar said:

Mmmm- no inspection fee 'cause: no inspection. :D
Oil change is about $75 for 10 qrts and a big filter (I do 'em).

What do you mean when you say "big filter"? Do you use another filter with the same threads and gasket that's just larger? If so, why? 

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No- I 'grew up' on smaller, car-sized filters. AC PF47s and such- about the size of a balled fist. This is about a 1 qrt filter, WIX 7202. Not sure offhand what my recommended change interval is, I only get a 'change oil soon' message if it runs that long, but that's only happened once (when I didn't reset it). I change it around every 6000 miles. With 10 qrts & a 1 qrt filter, it should be a nice long interval.
EDIT :: just looked it up: recommendation is 10,000 miles.

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2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

 

What do you mean when you say "big filter"? Do you use another filter with the same threads and gasket that's just larger? If so, why? 

I use a bigger size filter.  The OEM size filter is kind of small for the engine size and amount of oil. I realize that manufacturer probably engineered engine and filter with that size in mind but I change oil about every 10k miles (a lot of highway driving) and I think a little more surface area in the filter for extra cleaning is not going to hurt.

Plus, the extra size filter I use in my car is the OEM size in my wife's car that has same engine displacement.

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Got the guys in the mechanical shop to change the earl in the Compass.  Turned over 32k miles this week.  Ordered my oil, engine and air filters from NAPA but they sent the wrong air filter.  Mine wasn't too dirty, so I sent it back.  6 quarts of 0-20 synthetic.  This Fiat Jeep takes the thinnest earl of any vehicle I've ever ownt.

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Sold it.... CR-V is finally gone.

What did you replace it with????

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Albert's dad isn't allowed to drive anymore, so we'll be taking his Cruze until we decide what we're doing.  Albert and I either drive together to work or he takes the bus, so a second daily driver isn't super important for now. If he gets a new job he is going for, that will change things.

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20 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Albert's dad isn't allowed to drive anymore, so we'll be taking his Cruze until we decide what we're doing.  Albert and I either drive together to work or he takes the bus, so a second daily driver isn't super important for now. If he gets a new job he is going for, that will change things.

Which one would you keep as a second car, Cruze or Encore?

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It got a L-O-F at the dealer.  It's the car's birthday.

They also washed it for me, free of charge.  This way, I can wax it.

I celebrated with food yesterday ... an annual ritual, if you will.  I went to the nearby location of a famed Brazilian steakhouse for their Sunday lunch buffet and where the meat/poultry/sausage/lamb keep coming.  I went at about 2 p.m.  I came home and laid in bed unable to do anything after that sort of a meal.  The salad bar is an incredible meal in and of itself ... and that preceded the arrival of the meat/poultry/sausage/lamb.

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20 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I celebrated with food yesterday ... an annual ritual, if you will.

[gonna jump in here before ocnblu nabs this] ~

You only eat once a year???

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Less than 18 months ago, I put a new Bosche AGM battery in the Toronado.  Yesterday it wouldn't start... stone dead.  No biggie, I can back it out of the garage on gravity power and jump it.   Wouldn't take a jump.  Pull the battery and have it tested.  It fails the test and starts leaking something on their battery machine.

They didn't have any Bosche AGM batteries in my size to replace it with under warranty, so I ended up with a Champion AGM and a trickle charger for $0 out of pocket. He was saying that older trickle chargers don't work well on AGM batteries, so that's why he got me the new one. 

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On Saturday I washed the Jeep and the Trax. Got to keep the winter crud off.  Topped off the washer fluid. Looking forward to Spring...

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Cleaned the windows and RainX them before the rain started tonight. Into a Winter Storm Warning with 20" of snow expected in the mountains. Tomorrow is going to be a Pow Pow Day on the slopes and me having to work. :( 

Supposed to warm up next week as we go into an extended dry spell. Planning to wash and clean all the auto's.

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10 hours ago, dfelt said:

Cleaned the windows and RainX them before the rain started tonight. Into a Winter Storm Warning with 20" of snow expected in the mountains. Tomorrow is going to be a Pow Pow Day on the slopes and me having to work. :( 

Supposed to warm up next week as we go into an extended dry spell. Planning to wash and clean all the auto's.

^^ I think we're finally done with winter here. going to be in the 60s the rest of this week. 

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1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

^^ I think we're finally done with winter here. going to be in the 60s the rest of this week. 

Soon I hope....forecast says back to 30s and snow showers for the weekend here. 

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4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Soon I hope....forecast says back to 30s and snow showers for the weekend here. 

40s here for my weekend, but clear, and back up to the 50s next week

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Jeep is soldiering under a 6-inch deep layer of winter grime.  I'm embarrassed.

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I finally did it.  I took the sled in and got the transmission fluid changed via recirculating flush.  It's been done old school style 2 times prior to this.

It's the first time doing this.  Prior to this, I had always serviced my transmissions by having them change the fluid and the filter by dropping the pan, which meant leaving some fluid in there.

So, within 50 or so miles, the shifts are less perceptible and shift points even seem to be 1 to 2 mph lower under the same light throttle.  I don't mind this.

However, is it possible that a menu priced transmission service would cause the shift points to change a little?  How could that be?

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Your transmission is electronically controlled. So it's unlikely your shift points have actually changed.

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