Lube Center Informative - Lube Center- find things to replace

Review by 32031 on 2007-01-29
Be aware of these quick oil change places. While they may do a good job with an oil change they will also try to find things worn out and sell you replacements at high prices. For example they told me my wiper blades were worn out. Not likely as they were two week old Bosch IKON blades and I showed them the receipt. Then they said the transmission fluid was dirty. They show a sample of fresh fluid out of the bottle next to a sample from your transmission. AAgain not likely as I had the transmission completely serviced in December with a fluid change. The fluid will look dirty within minutes anyway.

They also will check tire pressure. I checked after them and found 40lbs instead of the recommended 32lbs.
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-01-30
Posted by Skye on 2007-01-29:
Thanks for the heads up. I stay away from those kind of places, after having an incident many years ago with Jiffy Lube. Now I go the dealer, or my sister will change my oil, in between having kids. She's an auto mechanic, though you'd never know it looking at her. Makes life easy on her husband :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-29:
Although not popular I've always used wal-mart for oil changes. The techs don't have any motivation to sell other things and I've been happy so far. I saw an investigative news report uncovering the scams of the oil change shops. Of course they only showed the bad actors but some would even break things in order to jack up the bill. I like Skye's solution but not all of us are so fortunate.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-29:
I used to do oil changes myself in my own garage. But now the homeowners association has too many snoops with nothing better to do.
Posted by SAJ on 2007-01-29:
I, too, avoid these places based on negative experiences. They all try to sell you something extra, at high prices, and usually not needed. One thing to remember in regards to transmission oil, it is only red out of the bottle, because it has dye in it, and the dye will burn out rapidly, so don't fall for the dirty or burnt transmission oil story.
Posted by Bababooey on 2007-01-29:

A couple of years ago while getting an oil change at a Costco Warehouse facility in Scottsdale, AZ, one of the morons who works there tightened my oil plug too tight and stripped it. After much aggravation and a letter to the Corporate Headquarters in Washington State, I was reimbursed for the repair required to fix Costco's f-up. To this day I avoid places like Costco, Wal-Mart, and Jiffy Lube for oil changes. I bring my car to my local Toyota dealer, which has an ongoing $23.00 oil change special!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-29:
The local dealer specials are just to get you in the door. I only once took my car to the Subaru dealer for their $24 special. My so-called service adviser told me the mechanic noticed a leak from one of the gaskets. Cost to fix? $1200 or a rebuilt engine. I wiped off the oil from the side of the engine. Looked again after a day and no leaks.
Posted by truckin21 on 2007-01-30:
Passingby; could you please elaborate on your post: "I used to do oil changes myself in my own garage. But now the homeowners association has too many snoops with nothing better to do."? What exactly do you mean? If you own the house what right does anybody have to say what you do in your garage? As far as the post went it doesn't really make any senses.
Posted by truckin21 on 2007-01-30:
People have too remember that if you have someone else do a job for you you not only pay for the products they use, but you also pay for their labor, their electricity, their ability to dispose of the "waste". Changing oil on any vehicle is a "home job" if you have the room and proper disposal technic. Granted, if you live in an apartment complex, they might have regulations against it. But, if you own your own home and have the proper equipment, you can go to any auto parts store and for $9.95 (depending) by a book that will take you step by step through the process. People should realize that in this day and age busnesses that provide a service and that are reasonable and reputable are damn hard to find. This is not the 40's, 50's, or 60's when businesses relied upon repeat customers. Nowadays most businesses could care less if you came back or not, there is always another "sucker" waiting in line.
Posted by truckin21 on 2007-01-30:
I don't mean to piss ay body off, or insult those that don't know but: To Me a vehicle (whether it be new or used) is just as important as a child. You ake care of it, it will take care of you. Most people, not all, don't have a clue about what a vehicle is about. All they see is a fast, comfortable, easy way to get from point A to point B. Also, most but not all, buy a vehicle for "status". So, when something goes wrong they take to the person that "knows". So what if they are charged 2-3 times what it should cost? According to them, that is part of owning a vehicle. Everybody do yourself a favor, when you buy that $20,000.00-$30,000.00 vehicle go to the nearest auto parts store and spend $20.00-$25.00 for the manual. Then when you take the car to a "mechanic" you will at least have some idea of what he is talking about. Hell, you might even learn how to save your self $300.00-$400.00 in the future. And, anybody that says they are not wrried about saving money IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THINGS COST SO MUCH!!!! Right, you don't want to save money I will charge you just as much as I want to, and if you can't or won't pay it, I will ruin your credit by turning you over to a collection agency.

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