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    Do you change your engine oil yourself?

    I have changed my car's engine oil, at least occasionally, for at least 45 years. Just today I learned I needed air tools to do it. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U73-g...el_video_title

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    Amazing how dumb some nicely produced videos can be. At first I thought the array of needed tools was sponsored by JiffyLube, to discourage Harry Homeowner from trying the job.

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    if i am to put the new filter on with hand pressure then why do i need to use a butterfly and impact wrench to take it off..
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    Wow!

    I guess I've been doing it wrong all these years. I'm going to have to go out and get some more tools now!

    Why would you use the 3/8 air ratchet when you break the bolt free with an end wrench first? After it is broken free you can un-thread it by hand before you could crawl out to get the air tool. Some peoples are just goofy.
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    Well it sort of makes sense - Campbell Hausfeld won't sell too many compressors, air ratchets and butterfly impact wrenches if you do it by hand . . .

    You don't need the ramps/jack stands if you can shinny under the car. I have a 2008 Toyota I can do the oil on while it's sitting on the ground.

    I can't do the job for much less money than Jiffy Lube, but it keeps those gentlemen away from my car. Last time I went to one of those places the bely pan on my VW Passat was reinstalled wrong and fell off at highway speeds.

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    The filter remover is kind of cool. More than once I've had to jam my screwdriver thru the filter to take it off
    Don't think I would install the drain plug with the air wrench though.
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    However, I am amazed that they showed putting oil into the filter... My father taught me that one.

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    I use these to remove my oil filter. I've tried just about everything else on the market including the screwdriver method, strap/chain wrenches, and this is my favorite. Besides, it looks cool and I can chase my kids with it.

    Channellock oil filter pliers...I got mine at Homey's Depot.


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    Incredible as it may sound, even I've changed oil and oil filter, and I never used any power tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Don't think I would install the drain plug with the air wrench though.
    I worked on a few Jiffy (won't finish what we called them) cars, that used air tools to put the plugs back in. Also heard a few horror stories from a kid who worked with me elsewhere, then went to work there.

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