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(1) you generally won,t be able to position floor jacks on the correct frame support on all locations and still be able to work the jack correctly and generally won,t have a jack that lifts the car high enough

(2) any car ramps will ALWAYS skid out from under tires as the cars moved forward onto them

(3) the chance of the floor jack hydraulics leaking is inversely proportional to the speed you need to do an oil change, and no floor jack will roll easily in a strait line

(4) funnels with screens will slow the oil drain speed from seconds to almost hours , removing the screen will almost guarantees you drop something small into the engine thru the funnel

(5) oil filters rarely come off easily, and driving a screw driver thru them to use as leverage almost always results in either oil pan or sensor damage or a huge mess, open oil cans placed on the engine always fall into places that cause problems

(6)if you can,t see the oil filter mount & sealing surface the old gasket is likely to be stuck or ripped, preventing the replacement filter from sealing properly

(7) parts counter guys have a mental fetish about selecting and selling you the wrong oil filter

(8) most oil filter wrenches will only be located in your tool box AFTER you butcher the old oil filter to the point they won,t fit

(9) you'll usually be 1-3 quarts short on oil because someone used several quarts and put the empty oil cans you thought were full back on the shelf, but you'll only find out ONLY after you drain the oil pan, and usually when you don,t have access to a second car.

(10) any oil pan plug, or socket used will almost always fall and roll to the least accessible location in your garage

(11) the big sign at the auto parts store that says we accept old oil will have a tiny note saying the tanks full, we can,t accept any today

(12) parts store hours always close 3 minutes before you arrive with used oil

(13)you will always have individual used oil bottles leak in your trunk unless you place them in a large plastic box, and you will usually be forced to drive around for days before finding a legal place to dump used oil

(14) you will forget your wearing a good shirt and slacks until you get old black oil on them

(15) your dipstick will bend or break, or be mis-placed if your in the least hurry, and the oil cap is always going to fall and roll under the car just out of easy reach

(16) ONLY after you pour the last quart of oil into the engine you'll remember you forgot to re-install the oil pan drain plug

(17) eye glasses in top pockets ALWAYS fall into used oil

(18) your "knowledgeable friend" who always talks about cars, that wants to help is frequently a TOTAL MORON:thumbsup:
 

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(5) oil filters rarely come off easily, and driving a screw driver thru them to use as leverage almost always results in either oil pan or sensor damage or a huge mess, open oil cans placed on the engine always fall into places that cause problems
you are showing your age grumpy....I bet 90% of this forum has never seen an actual oil can, much less used one
 

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LMAO:rolling:
 

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you are showing your age grumpy....I bet 90% of this forum has never seen an actual oil can, much less used one
I remember having to push the spout into the top of the can (just right) so it wouldn't wreck the can, and not leak. It was a bit of a skill to do it reliably.

I'm talking about the paper-sided, metal topped cans.

 

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:laughing::rolling: Great Post :thumbsup:
I once had a (ford) neighbor borrow my ramps and jacks to change his motor oil without also changing the filter. He completely drained the oil for 30+ minutes while also grilling burgers and eating lunch. Then proceed to add 5 quarts of new oil....and drive away.
(Note: make sure that what you drain, is what you are replacing)

He made it to the corner stop sign when his tranny ceased up (no oil) and after the smoke cleared (he was driving away with 10 quarts of oil in the motor) he came running back for help.:surprised
 

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Holy man....now I know why your called Grumpyvette!:laughing:

...all that being said. I still love changing the oil myself. I must have 10w in my veins.

#10 for me....

and....driving around for a week with the "Change Oil" sensor light on because I keep forgetting how to access the sensor reset via the radio because I'm too lazy to look it up in the owners manual again!:smack
 

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I haven't changed my oil in years, but when I was younger, I experience most of those pitfalls. I have never had a problem having someone else change my oil until a few weeks ago. I went to the same place I always go. They've been there almost 20 years. They asked me what size engine I had and I told them 6.2 litre. They drained and filled my Corvette with Mobil 1 and had me start it for about 30 seconds before checking the level. When he checked the dipstick he said it was WAY overfilled. They had looked it up and decided it needed 10.5 quarts. I don't know if that's what a ZR-1 takes or not, but they had to drain over 3 quarts out. I was worried that it might have hurt a seal or something, but so far no leaks. Grrrrrrr.
 
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