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      05-21-2012 09:35 AM #1
      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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      05-21-2012 09:42 AM #2
      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'.
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      sprayed it on, waited some time, and proceeded to go at it with a scraper, some pliers, and a lot of f-ing hard work.

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      05-21-2012 10:08 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      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'.
      you dont see the upside of working on your girlfriends car? really? ive always worked on my girlfriends cars, my girlfriends friends, my parents, my siblings, my parents friends and so forth...if you know what youre doing nothing bad happens...
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      05-21-2012 10:42 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by ADeHelian View Post
      you dont see the upside of working on your girlfriends car? really? ive always worked on my girlfriends cars, my girlfriends friends, my parents, my siblings, my parents friends and so forth...if you know what youre doing nothing bad happens...
      As always, it depends on the person. Decent human beings, yes, I'll work on their cars.

      But, there's always that one asshat... "you changed my oil last week and now the cigarette lighter is broken! WHAT DID YOU BREAK"
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      05-21-2012 10:56 AM #5
      It should hold 7qts of oil which is the only weird thing in my opinion. Check the level to be on the safe side, my mother in law had one and I was pretty surprised how much oil it held.

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      05-21-2012 10:58 AM #6
      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.
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      05-21-2012 11:08 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      As always, it depends on the person. Decent human beings, yes, I'll work on their cars.

      But, there's always that one asshat... "you changed my oil last week and now the cigarette lighter is broken! WHAT DID YOU BREAK"
      That's all I was saying. Lots of people not in to cars will associate you with everything that goes wrong after you touch it.
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      sprayed it on, waited some time, and proceeded to go at it with a scraper, some pliers, and a lot of f-ing hard work.

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      05-21-2012 11:16 AM #8
      It's a Chevy, nothing trick to it. What I would do.....

      Pick up Trailblazer from g/f
      Bring it to Midas for $19.99 oil change and free tire rotation.
      Put some oil on your hands and shirt, wipe a bit on your forehead.
      Bring Trailblazer back to g/f.
      Blowjob.

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      05-21-2012 12:09 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Iceman18T View Post
      It's a Chevy, nothing trick to it. What I would do.....

      Pick up Trailblazer from g/f
      Bring it to Midas for $19.99 oil change and free tire rotation.
      Put some oil on your hands and shirt, wipe a bit on your forehead.
      Bring Trailblazer back to g/f.
      Blowjob.
      you forgot "profit," but in this scenario, we'll just call it blowjob instead.
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      05-21-2012 12:23 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post
      you forgot "profit," but in this scenario, we'll just call it blowjob instead.
      LOL at that.

      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.

    11. 05-21-2012 12:24 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      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 guess mechanics ALWAYS screw up, since NOTHING but bad things can happen when you work on someone else's car...

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      05-21-2012 12:54 PM #12
      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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      05-21-2012 01:03 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Air-over-water View Post
      I guess mechanics ALWAYS screw up, since NOTHING but bad things can happen when you work on someone else's car...
      I don't mean to say anything will actually get screwed up. I'm saying you risk getting blamed for whatever goes wrong next just for touching their car. I'm just being pessimistic about working on cars for friends and family. There's been threads on here over the years where good deeds went bad when something extra decided to break and unleash a string of issues.
      Just wait until OP changes that oil and the check engine light comes on the next day
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      sprayed it on, waited some time, and proceeded to go at it with a scraper, some pliers, and a lot of f-ing hard work.

    14. 05-21-2012 01:05 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      I don't mean to say anything will actually get screwed up. I'm saying you risk getting blamed for whatever goes wrong next just for touching their car. I'm just being pessimistic about working on cars for friends and family. There's been threads on here over the years where good deeds went bad when something extra decided to break and unleash a string of issues.
      Just wait until OP changes that oil and the check engine light comes on the next day
      Never had a problem with that, at least not amongst my friends. But that might be due to them understanding that sh*t happens. Maybe you just need better friends.

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      05-21-2012 02:29 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Iceman18T View Post
      It's a Chevy, nothing trick to it. What I would do.....

      Pick up Trailblazer from g/f
      Bring it to Midas for $19.99 oil change and free tire rotation.
      Put some oil on your hands and shirt, wipe a bit on your forehead.
      Bring Trailblazer back to g/f.
      Blowjob.
      Quote Originally Posted by ADeHelian View Post
      .....my girlfriends friends, my parents, my siblings, my parents friends and so forth...
      Talk about awkward. "Hey mom...I changed your oil....now about payment...."
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      05-21-2012 05:20 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by jtls8 View Post
      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.
      Ah, good to know. There's always one of those oil change specials going on at autozone, I think the one right now is something like 19.99 for 5 quarts and a filter, I guess ill have to pick up a couple more.

    17. 05-21-2012 05:42 PM #17
      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.
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    18. 05-21-2012 06:09 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      As always, it depends on the person. Decent human beings, yes, I'll work on their cars.

      But, there's always that one asshat... "you changed my oil last week and now the cigarette lighter is broken! WHAT DID YOU BREAK"

      I've had crap like this happen to me on more than on occasion which is why I don't touch anybodies cars but mine anymore.

    19. 05-21-2012 07:16 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      But, there's always that one asshat... "you changed my oil last week and now the cigarette lighter is broken! WHAT DID YOU BREAK"

      If your girlfriend pulls something like that after changing the oil on her car, take the hint and GTFO. If she helps or at least keeps you company while you work, take the hint and keep her around.

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      05-22-2012 11:11 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      That's all I was saying. Lots of people not in to cars will associate you with everything that goes wrong after you touch it.
      well i work at a pepboys so this happens on a daily basis multiple times. all you can do is try your best to explain to the customer the fact that changing rear struts wont cause the front brakes to start grinding (true story)
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      05-22-2012 11:16 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      That's all I was saying. Lots of people not in to cars will associate you with everything that goes wrong after you touch it.
      Eeeeeeexactly. If I feel pretty confident that the person "gets it," then I'll help out. But I'm done helping EVERYBODY with their cars.

      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.

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