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Re: service cost bah :

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The oil changer(trainee)took the filter off without draining the oil first.
I wouldn't think it makes any difference, more likely the 'apprentice' forgot about the filter holding residual oil and carelessly tipped it the wrong way. Sometimes spillage cannot be avoided where access is awkward but its only right that the spillage should've been wiped up before the car was returned to you. It doesn't show the garage in the best light for taking pride in their work. As you say it stains your driveway and all the crud sticks to it, and a car of your age shouldn't be leaving snail trails on the pavement.
I always drain the sump oil first but there have been times when I wish I'd done it the other way around particularly when you have a filter that will not undo and resists all persuasion of a filter wrench (if all else fails a screwdriver thru the canister has worked every time - but only as a last resort).
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Re: service cost bah :

Yeh I was all set to do my first change in like 10 years.. correct sump torque, oil filter tighten 3/4 turn but since it was gonna be done free..
No worries service indicator was reset anyway, so I wont have that annoying light on early, and it was changed "professionally" so guarantee all good.
Another "old tip" from car mechanics tips page or similar . Use your belt if its an anyway decent one and not plastic, worked for me in the past.
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