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Old 04-10-2006, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default Why shouldn't I go to jiffy lube for an oil change?

Here's why I'm thinking of doing it.

1) I'll pay at the dealer as it's not a scheduled change.
2) Getting to/from the dealer and leaving the car is a hassle and a half.
2) I can stand 6 feet from the tech and watch him do the work.
3) I can bring the oil and filter.
4) they can also rotate my tires.
5) It's not brain surgery, it's an oil change.
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Old 04-10-2006, 07:25 AM   #2
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Default I'd say go for it. As we all know many dealers are not much better

than Jiffy Lube. You definitely want to bring your own oil and filter like you stated. You might want to bring a new drian plug washer also, or check before hand they carry/change them..
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Old 04-10-2006, 07:28 AM   #3
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Default Make sure they put all the fasteners back on the belly pan.

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Old 04-10-2006, 07:54 AM   #4
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Default Do they know anything about Suspension jack mode? And how much torque is set on their Air gun?

Sorry, but any shop that doesn't have expertise with the allroad is not going to touch it, but that's just my rule ;-)

IMHO - even though it may seem like a "simple Oil change"; it does certainly not apply for the allroad, too many (expensive) things can go wrong with an unexperienced shop.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: Why shouldn't I go to jiffy lube for an oil change?

Why you shouldn'y go to Jiffy lube.

I could bring up the story of them wrecking the driver's door on my wife's old Jetta. I stood and watched the spanner monkey and everything seemed OK. He then got in the car, and reversed it out of the bay without shutting the door. One bollard later I needed about $2K of bodywork. Jiffy Lube didn't do a thing to help and got quite upity with the bill. Mention of a lawyer cleared things up.

It now takes something very, very complex to make me hand one of my vehicles over to someone else.

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Old 04-10-2006, 08:04 AM   #6
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Default They tend to overfill...

but if you bring your own oil, that might not be an issue. My experience is that they tend to be a bunch of hackers. I would just make sure you monitor them closely, check and double check their work.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:06 AM   #7
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Default They don't need to know about jack mode if it's like the jiffy lubes I went to ~20 years ago.

The bottom-side work is done from a service area under the bay - think basement with cutouts in the ceiling for getting to the underside of cars.

If they can be babysat through the process, it may not be so bad.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:20 AM   #8
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Default Thet will not take the belly pan off....

They instead take the rear fasteners off and tilt the rear of the pan down and drain the oil off the pan. Used to take my old Audi to one around the corner from work. The techs hate to see Audis as they're a PITA to do.
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Default because they will pull the trans drain plug.....

just saying "audi" is rocket science for some of those kids.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:10 AM   #10
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Default better to go to you local Exxon/Mobil/Shell station...

The guy who onws the shop will want to do the right work. I even use my local shop for the brakes..as the work the same on Chevy's as they do on the Audis. I just bring the parts to him. I get it done fast and for much less than anyone.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:23 AM   #11
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Default Correct on the basement/cutouts under the service bay.

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Default They can rotate tires from the basement?

he specifically mentioned this.
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:48 AM   #13
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Default The few locations I went to didn't do that as part of the service.

missed that as part of the service he was describing - but he says they use cutouts.* Maybe they do the rotation in a different bay, or the same bay has lift arms. <me shrugs>
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:30 AM   #14
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Default Because you drive an Audi, not a Hyundai

because you don't want to have to hear about all the crap that you "need" to have done.

because even if you're sitting on their shoulders, you won't know until its too late that they've stripped the drain plug (and they'll tell you it was aready like that, BTDT)

because you've heard far too many horror stories to take a chance on sasving a nickle
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Default Jiff Lube... check the links here.. http://www.jiffylubeproblems.com/

Horror stories are well documented on the Net.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:10 PM   #16
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Default Yes, very cool trick.. kidding...

The same service bays has a lift and your right about the jack mode issue. They wouldn't be up to speed on that.

They only recently started doing tire rotation. I had our Cherokee in recently for an oil change and they mentioned the tire rotation could be done.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:12 PM   #17
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Default Saving a nickel is the least of my issues. It's about convenience.

I'd gladly pay audi more if they were a 1/2 mile away.
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Default You can watch them when they are UNDER the car in a pit? Sorry, even my really experienced tire...

guys knew they had to do something before they could put it on the lift, but couldn't figure it out...fortunately I remembered and ran to the back to set it for them before they lifted it up....you'll see me (I'll post photos for sure personally change the oil on this thing before I would let anyone I didn't know work on it, jiffy lube or otherwise. At least if the dealer screws up you have some recourse with AoA...I agree with Paulroad, find a local indy/service "guy", watch him closely the first time (not in a pit and then keep going back so they know you...take a book or your laptop and enjoy an hour where no one is asking you anything or telling you what to do IMHO
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Default with the belly pan on the C5...they won't even touch it. Too hard for them. Seriously.

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Default I faintly recall them cutting a hole in someone's belly pan some years back.

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