Nothing special that I know of, but I don't see the upside of working on someone else's car. Nothing but bad things can happen. Just sayin'.
I told my girlfriend I'd change the oil on her 2005 trailblazer. Anything weird on these trucks that I should know about before starting the job? It's just a domestic suv, I should be fine, right? I've been changing the oil on my own cars since Ive been driving, but I'm just wondering if I need to do anything special with this one, or if it needs any special tools.
It's a 2wd with the 4.2L I6 fyi.
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Just did my wife's '03. 15mm plug, filter is kind of hidden but easy to access from the side or through the skid plate hole. Oil will drip onto the skid plate when you remove the filter. Just wipe that off when done.
Official capacity is 7.2 quarts but you'll probably get about 6.5 + filter fill in there unless you take extreme measures to extract the old stuff.
Originally Posted by Turbio!
I always work on my relatives' cars. Just the ones that ask. I don't have any d-bags in my family that would blame me because 1) I don't do something I might mess up, and 2) I explain what's going on so they know what I'm doing. I also do what I can on my gf's car because it's not difficult and she trusts me and I get rewarded nicely. Plus her 'family mechanic' is a total quack when it comes to these things and I've seen his work and don't trust him.
I would never work on somebody's car if I don't know them well enough and I don't make friends with people that are d-bag enough to blame me for something I didn't touch.
"Artificial Intelligence usually beats natural stupidity." <---- If we apply that logic to driverless cars, the future of commuting should be just fine.
7qts of 10w-30 oil. I highly recommend one of those jaw-type filter wrenches that goes on the end of a 3/8" ratchet extension, as it's tough to get regular filter pliers on there if it's too tight to just remove by hand.
Other than that, it's straightforward.
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Just wait until OP changes that oil and the check engine light comes on the next day
I know what AKAdriver is saying. I had something similar happen on my gf's (at the time) mother's car. I think I changed the air filter, or something, and then the next day it wouldn't start. A complete coincidence, but she didn't see it that way. I guess correlation does equal causation to her.
It went from "You saved me $40! Thank you!!!" to "Because of you I have to get a new battery!". Whatever, she was a b anyway (gf and her mom).
I now only do work for very, very close family members/friends, and even then, I try to assist them as much as possible and not do all of the work. It's just one less bs thing I have to deal with.
Case in point, my co-worker is fuming mad about his Harley's cracked rear wheel hub, after he had a shop put a clutch in it last week. He is actually going back to the shop to demand they fix an unrelated failed part.