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Old 01-15-2019, 10:54 AM
 
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I ended up stopping at a nature preserve and changing it. No mess.
OP HAS CHANGED THE OIL.


Might be time to move onto other subjects.


Unless someone asks what happened to the old oil.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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Its silly that people would get so ancy of changing oil. I have never once in my life see a car break down because they didn't change the oil. The rule of changing oil is as about as legit as spending 3 months salary on engagement ring. Regular oil should be changed every 12k miles and synthetic 20k miles. If you go over a bit, its no big deal. I knew a girl who had 240k miles on her car (She bought used at around 100k) and never changed the oil once. The car had no issues.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:07 AM
 
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I change mine every 8-12k miles, I drive alot. It's coming up for the time to change it on my road trip. What places would be good to do it at? Assuming I don't make a mess.
I had the first recommended service done to a vehicle by a dealership while traveling. Easy. Other than myself, not sure I trust anyone else.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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In an emergency, one of the oil change shacks will do. Be sure to inspect the work. Check the filter to make sure they installed the right one (Oil Can Henry put the wrong filter on a vehicle the one time I used them) and check the dipstick.

Next time plan ahead, so you don't have to have service done on the road. If I'm going to put 5,000 or 10,000 miles on a vehicle away from my home base, I make sure it's serviced before I leave. Oil, brakes, tires, air in the spare, new air filter, new greases in the gearboxes, transmission fluid, etc. It's not that I anticipate problems. You could turn the key and drive any of my vehicles across the country and back. It's just a cheap insurance policy that makes you go through the vehicle and do a thorough pre-trip inspection.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:40 PM
 
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I'd be suspicious enough of a shop getting their hands on my car so far from my home address - anything short of an actual emergency - that I'd run Mobil 1's 20k mile oil just to avoid it.

If you have a newer car, still under warranty, and want to be a good citizen that sells your car with CarFAX documenting all of your maintenance, Google a large dealership nearby.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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I believe, many years ago, it was recommended to change oil every 1000 miles. Imagine what a road trip was like back then. (source, late husband who was born in 1940).
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Myself, I wouldn't worry about goimg a thousand miles or so over change interval, if there is only a negligible number (2 or 3) of cold starts in the overage.

Here is your answer - long trips, road trips, are very easy on oil. I definitely would not go with a local Jiffy Lube in some remote place, if/when they screw it up, it complicates getting your "fix" paid for.



If you are really worried about it, consider, if your filter is easy to access, just changing the filter only, you can do this with the engine stone cold just fine, get a quart of the same oil, put some in the new filter, screw it on, and quit worrying.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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You can also buy a cheap oil extractor for $10.00 at Walmart, suck the oil out, and put new. Running two oil changes through an oil filter won't hurt anything. Even with Ace Hardware markup, the Pennzoil one is only $12.99. I'd rather do that then let some unknown quick oil change place touch my car.


One of my must-haves on my next car is the oil filter on the top so I can trivially DIY oil changes.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Take it to a dealer quick oil change not expensive and not everyone wants or has the time to do it themselves, and you don’t have to worry about getting rid of old oil or laying on your back or getting dirty. The days of expensive oil changes at the dealer are no more most hav quick oil change bays.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:51 PM
 
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I believe, many years ago, it was recommended to change oil every 1000 miles. Imagine what a road trip was like back then. (source, late husband who was born in 1940).
That was back when gas stations offered a lot more services. You could probably get your oil changed while you filled up your tank.
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