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Quick oil change businesses?

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At a large valvoline busy oil change business in California I was told by a twenty something tech that
my wifes 16 outlander needed to have almost a full quart added above the second mark on the dip stick.
I repeated back to him that “you mean you think I need an additional .9 of a quart added above the second
“Top” mark on the dipstick” he said yes, the new 4 cylinders require more oil than the manufacturers say.
And nothing I said, made any difference. He then said if you don’t allow me to put extra oil in your car then
we are not responsible for any damage. I told him to show me the dipstick, he did, it was at the top mark.
I told him to replace dipstick, close hood. He walked off in disgust with almost an extra quart in a clear milk jug, that I paid for. I’ve read since, that this is common?
Dave

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Re: Quick oil change businesses?

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Gowing wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 7:54 pm At a large valvoline busy oil change business in California I was told by a twenty something tech that
my wifes 16 outlander needed to have almost a full quart added above the second mark on the dip stick.
I repeated back to him that “you mean you think I need an additional .9 of a quart added above the second
“Top” mark on the dipstick” he said yes, the new 4 cylinders require more oil than the manufacturers say.
And nothing I said, made any difference. He then said if you don’t allow me to put extra oil in your car then
we are not responsible for any damage. I told him to show me the dipstick, he did, it was at the top mark.
I told him to replace dipstick, close hood. He walked off in disgust with almost an extra quart in a clear milk jug, that I paid for. I’ve read since, that this is common?
another reason to chNGE YOUR OWN OIL. Or at least let a trusted friend do it....in my opinion
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Re: Quick oil change businesses?

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"I’ve read since, that this is common?"

do you mean that it is a common "upsell" at oil change joints ?
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I have no published proof, just my experience. And a few comments I’ve read on social media.😳
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I have never heard any good experiences with those jiffy lube type places..
doesn't mean there isn't but I've heard some very crazy stories..
stripped drain plugs, drain plugs finger tight, coming loose on the road...oil filters torqued to 2000 foot pounds.. :shock:
I change my own oil.
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a lifetime ago i took my car to a k-mart (yeah, i know, but the price was incredibly low) for a lube/oil/filter. when they were done it was over-filled by a quart (hey, at least they didn't charge me for the extra quart) and the grease nipples were still completely caked with grime; untouched. changed my own oil ever since.
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I bought a brand new Honda CR-V in 2002. Took it to Valvoline for the first oil change.

A few days later it crapped out on the highway and needed three days of repairs at the dealer who said they used the wrong filter.

Then the Valvoline mgr tried to argue his way out of returning $30 based on their 100% satisfaction guarantee.

No I didn't go back ever again.
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