It’s common sense that one wouldn’t take their prized Jaguar
to a ‘‘while you wait’’ oil change shop, but what about for
the daily driver?
I used to take my work van to a local instant oil change
place - it is a 1997 Mercury Villager with 275,000km and
about 10% of its paint missing. What harm could they do?
Spray paint the oil pan?
I had my license plates stolen, and so I got new ones. The
computer at this oil change shop didn’t recognize my car as
a previous customer, and then the attendant showed me a
sample of pitch black oil and recomended a $150 ‘‘hot oil
flush’’ to avoid further damaging my engine. I opened my
glove box and brought out my receipt from the previous oil
change dated three months ago and 5100km past at the SAME
shop. I handed back my free newspaper and coffee and drove
to Canadian tire for an oil filter and 5 litres of oil.
I do my own changes from now on. Except on the V12, because
frankly I can do without scrubbing my garage floor, hands,
arms, hair and face with paint thinner every 6 months…
Chris Los 1989 V12 Vanden Plas, 1973 XJ6 Series I
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