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Old 01-04-2015, 10:28 AM   #31
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I change my own oil, fuel filter, and trans filter. I save a lot doing it myself and do it more often. As far as diesel being more work you should be doing the same type of maintenance with a gas engine especially if your towing. The only part of more work I found with a diesel is pouring in a couple of more quarts of oil.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:50 AM   #32
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I have changed the oil in my rigs for years so I bought a oil pan that would hold the 15 Qt's and went at it.

BIG mistake!

I made one great big mess trying to pour the oil in to a 5 gal can, I got oil all over.

The oil filter is on top and not easy to remove, used a small tray to put under the filter after pulling it up to keep oil off the engine.

Got it back together and started to add the new oil, back to town to replace the funnel I could not find, modded funnel so it would work better.

Oil added, checked for leaks and then spent 30-45 min doing cleanup and bagging the mess up and then another hour to go back to town and dump the oil in the tank at work for the shop heater.

I will spend the time and money to let the dealer do it from now on.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:28 AM   #33
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I have a 2004 Ford F-250 power stroke that goes to the dealership for oil changes. For me the cost and convenience is the main factor!
Am I able to do it yes, just don't want to.
Plus, I am a big fan of factory filters ( fuel , oil and air mainly) being installed on my truck.
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I found a guy locally that will do it for $12-... I just have to take the oil and filter to him... and pay cash/
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I take my F350 to a dealer and have them change the oil. While I used to do all of the oil changes in my vehicles, honestly I'd just rather pay to have them done anymore. Costs me about $90 per change but they top off the DEF and do their little multi-point inspection as well. I usually drop it off and have the wife and kids pick me up so we can run any errands in town we need to.

I do change my fuel filters myself as they are both quick and easy to get to and I just incorporate it as one of my water separator checks anyway.
I also keep a log of all of my services on MyFord.com so that I know when things were done for my own convenience.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:19 AM   #36
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I found a guy locally that will do it for $12-... I just have to take the oil and filter to him... and pay cash/

The guy I bought my used Duramax truck from said he took his own oil/filters in to Walmart and they changed it for $10...this was back in '07, so probably a few more $ now.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:48 AM   #37
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Motorcraft filters and 4 gal Rotella T6 Syn from Walmart. Quick drain valve and a cheap 5 gal bucket with lid. Take the used oil back to walmart for recycle.

Hardest part is steadying my short behind on the front bumper to get the filter cap off.

The synthetic costs me about as much as a reg change would cost at a local shop. But then I usually combine it with the numerous other routine maintenance items.
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I agree with the quick change valve others have mentioned. Install it in place of the drain plug for the easiest oil change possible. Another advantage of the quick change valve is you get one with a nipple at the end of the spout. Attach a short section of tubing to it. Then you drain directly into old empty 1 gallon oil jugs. When one is full you shut off the valve, switch to the next, and turn the valve back on. No oil pan. No oil spillage or mess whatsoever. Then just bring the full gallons back to wherever you buy your oil. I get Shell Rotella T6 5W40 at Walmart for $23 a gallon so I bring my waste oil back there. As to filters, diesel-filters.com is the cheapest place I've found. I usually get a couple at a time along with fuel filters. Fuel filters there are about $50 for the pair and Motorcraft oil filters are $13. Trucks are high enough these days that you don't even need ramps. I just roll under on my creeper and get to work. Oh, and to save a mess on the filter, take a hole punch or large phillips head screwdriver and punch a hole in the filter before removal. This will allow most of the oil to drain before you unscrew it.

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Growing up farming, servicing farm equipment for years, then working at a JD dealer with servicing equipment there, servicing crop dusters for a couple years, and then working offshore servicing equipment for years. I am done with that crap. I have no problem letting some min wage teenagers to service my pickup. I even bought the service agreement for this Ford.

But for the Cummins, that is by far the cheapest of the three to service. You can get the Fleetgard lube filter for about $10. Or spend a few dollars more and get a extended lube filter with a built in bypass filter. Valvoline Blue 15w-40 is about $10 a gallon. If I am not mistaken you can get a 5 or 3 micron fuel filter from Geno's Garage which is far better then the Mopar filter.
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Growing up farming, servicing farm equipment for years, then working at a JD dealer with servicing equipment there, servicing crop dusters for a couple years, and then working offshore servicing equipment for years. I am done with that crap. I have no problem letting some min wage teenagers to service my pickup. I even bought the service agreement for this Ford.

But for the Cummins, that is by far the cheapest of the three to service. You can get the Fleetgard lube filter for about $10. Or spend a few dollars more and get a extended lube filter with a built in bypass filter. Valvoline Blue 15w-40 is about $10 a gallon. If I am not mistaken you can get a 5 or 3 micron fuel filter from Geno's Garage which is far better then the Mopar filter.



When that minimum wage teenager forgets to tighten your drain plug, doesn't bother to change the filter, doesn't grease the front end, puts the wrong oil in it because he doesn't know it was a diesel who you gonna be mad at, him, minimum wage teenager, what do you want from him, his manager, that's what you get from a minimum wage teenager, sorry sir, or you, for knowing better to let a minimum wage teenager touching a 30k - 50k truck?
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