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    Default Changing Oil in your automobile.

    Hello All,

    I was just wanting to know how people change the oil in their automobile.

    Do You disconnect your battery when you change your oil ?

    Any time you do maintenance, most manuals say that you should disconnect the battery.

    Does that include an oil change ? That is maintenance correct ?

    I do believe in safety, but is it me or is it a little much ?

    I just wanted to get other peoples opinions, about Oil changing.

    If I replace a fan belt then Yes, I would make sure to disconnect power.

    Or if I have a remote starter system, Don't want the engine to run without oil.

    Maybe I am just getting Old.

    I think the way that we depose of oil is more important, The manual don't say much about that.


    What do You do ?


    Have a Great Day.


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    I've never disconnected the battery for an oil change. I have a hybrid now and with hybrids, it's actually not all that obvious if the ignition is "on" or "off" since the car can be "on" but not have the gasoline engine running.

    One of the reasons I decided to change my own oil is reading the horror stories of quick lube places leaving a hybrid in the "on" position, draining the oil, and then having the gas engine start up with no oil.

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    Disconect the battery? Are they high?
    Never heard of such a thing.....

    But then I buy Craigs list throw aways,
    Time to change the oil, lets look on Craigs list for a replacement.
    Spending about $1,000 a year on POS's,
    Not for everyone but beats making payments...

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    There are a few cars out there now that if you disconnect the battery, it will not restart when the battery is reconnected. The computer has to be reprogrammed before the car will idle again, which means it will need a tow to the dealership. Turns out to be pretty pricey for those who thought they knew what they were doing.

    If you read the OEM service manual, there are very few repairs that require the battery be disconnected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacher_chick View Post
    There are a few cars out there now that if you disconnect the battery, it will not restart when the battery is reconnected. The computer has to be reprogrammed before the car will idle again, which means it will need a tow to the dealership. Turns out to be pretty pricey for those who thought they knew what they were doing.
    Really?

    I've heard some cars won't shift smoothly or might have a rough idle for a while until the computer "re-learns" but didn't know that there were vehicles that wouldn't start at all if the battery was disconnected.

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    The only time I disconnect the battery is to replace the ummm... battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacher_chick View Post
    There are a few cars out there now that if you disconnect the battery, it will not restart when the battery is reconnected. The computer has to be reprogrammed before the car will idle again, which means it will need a tow to the dealership. Turns out to be pretty pricey for those who thought they knew what they were doing.
    May be you've heard stories like this...but its not a fact.

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    Thank You all for the reply's.

    I know some of the newer autos with on-star report your maintenance, driving habits and may report oil changes. As to make sure you do proper maintenance or your warranty is void.

    I think it is a little much when they can kill your car if you miss a car payment.

    The government wants all new cars to have the Two Way Satellite systems, Then when someone runs from the police
    they can kill the ignition.

    Talk about Big Brother watching...

    Have a Great Day.

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    The last time I went to Jiffy Lube for an oil change on my Toyota Highlander, the rear power door quit working, and the buttons on the overhead weren't programmed anymore either.
    It also said that I need an oil change, even though I just had one. I don't know what they did, but a lot of the computer aided devices I like to use quit working. Now I need to bring it to the dealer and have them reprogram the thing.

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    That sucks Terry, or should I say that creates a Vacuum ?

    Get a device and program it yourself. That is what I would do.

    You can DIY...


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    Quote Originally Posted by RinconVTR View Post
    May be you've heard stories like this...but its not a fact.
    It IS a fact- VW and Audi specifically.

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    If That is a Fact, I would not buy them.

    It is hard to buy a good American car now a days.

    Toyota is one of the only building here , and they have problems getting parts.

    I say GM, they have a handle on Green. Sucks that they moved to Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    The last time I went to Jiffy Lube for an oil change on my Toyota Highlander, the rear power door quit working, and the buttons on the overhead weren't programmed anymore either.
    It also said that I need an oil change, even though I just had one. I don't know what they did, but a lot of the computer aided devices I like to use quit working. Now I need to bring it to the dealer and have them reprogram the thing.
    Do you have a Highlander Hybrid? I do. Changing oil on these is a piece of cake - do it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacher_chick View Post
    It IS a fact- VW and Audi specifically.
    Not to be argumentative, but do you have a web site that discusses this problem? It still seems like really bad engineering, something the Germans are not known for, to design a car to not start after the battery is disconnected or replaced.

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    I couldn't find the thread involving the VW idle programming, but there is a list of various other cars that have a lot of issues after a battery disconnect here- http://members.iatn.net/forums/searc...ft=1&fv=4&qv=1

    I think you have to become a member to access the forum.

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