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Whenever I have had my oil changed, it smells of burning oil for what seems forever. Is there something the dealer can do so oil doesn't collect and drip on the exhaust pipe and burn? I hate the smell.

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Yep change your own oil. I use a piece of aluminum foil wrapped around the header to keep oil from getting on it. It works pretty well.

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That pisses me off so much. The dealers could easily do what I do.. put a piece of foil under the filter (not my idea-I stole it) and direct the flow (my idea
) of draining oil right into a catch pan. Doesn't need to be cleaned off anywhere. Oh, and NO smell.
 

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It is only $19.95 from the dealer for the oil change and they have it done in 15 minutes. I can't compete with that.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Rogue:
It is only $19.95 from the dealer for the oil change and they have it done in 15 minutes. I can't compete with that.
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Ya, but first and only oil change (and filer) I let the dealer do, they only put in 4.5 quarts to fill it to the top full mark.
They left half a quart of dirty oil in there.
This is on a 5th gen.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Rogue:
It is only $19.95 from the dealer for the oil change and they have it done in 15 minutes. I can't compete with that.
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Most of us use synthetic oil and I don't believe that's something the dealer can do cheaply. And as for the 15 minutes... I can beat that. It's not a matter of saving money for me... it's the satisfaction of doing it myself.
 

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I would either do it yourself or buy your own oil and filter and take it to one of those drive-thru oil change places. The damn dealer might not put in synthetic even if you specify synthetic and say they did. I don't trust those bastards at all.
 

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speaking of dealer changing oils, does anyone know what honda uses? i know its Castrol GTX but i dunno exactly what kind...
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Ng Luder:
speaking of dealer changing oils, does anyone know what honda uses? i know its Castrol GTX but i dunno exactly what kind...</font>
Those guys use honda regular oil or the cheapest they can find. Once I found out that they used no name brand I've stopped using them for oil changes. Bastards, they had the audacity to say they used synthetic when they didn't or make some stupid excuse of mixing oil. The safe way is to buy your own oil and put it in yourself, never trust a dealer, they'll take the cheapest way. Now you know why oil changes cost less than $15 from the dealer.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by baked:
It's not a matter of saving money for me... it's the satisfaction of doing it myself.

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Yeah what he said.

And also you never know when they can do a half-ass job. Sometimes they don't tighten bolts up enough or spill oil all over the engine (which could cause it to have that burning smell). I've heard more than one story where some forget to actually put oil in there again after they drained it!
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Link:
I've heard more than one story where some forget to actually put oil in there again after they drained it!
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I know a guy who got a probe cheap because the previous owner went to a quik lube place and they forgot to put the oil in after they drained it. It can happen, that's why I do it myself. Anyone can do a half ass job in 15 min.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Ng Luder:
speaking of dealer changing oils, does anyone know what honda uses? i know its Castrol GTX but i dunno exactly what kind...</font>
Funny thing happened..before I had them do it, I asked the asst. service manager what kind and type. She said they use Castrol GTX 10-30w. I asked her to put in 5-30w - she said they don't have it. Asked the parts doods and they said they have all types back there..they put in what is recommended by manufacturer. When done, my invoice showed Castrol GTX 5-30w, but the sticker they put on my windshield showed 10-30w. Obviously the dealers are confused idiots..thats why I do it myself now.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Kool-Lude:
Funny thing happened..before I had them do it, I asked the asst. service manager what kind and type. She said they use Castrol GTX 10-30w. I asked her to put in 5-30w - she said they don't have it. Asked the parts doods and they said they have all types back there..they put in what is recommended by manufacturer. When done, my invoice showed Castrol GTX 5-30w, but the sticker they put on my windshield showed 10-30w. Obviously the dealers are confused idiots..thats why I do it myself now.


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then is the Castrol GTX a full synthetic oil? like the mobil 1s?
 

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I have a really great service department. I give them my own oil - Mobil 1, I can watch them do it from the waiting room... it's sweet.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by spite:
I have a really great service department. I give them my own oil - Mobil 1, I can watch them do it from the waiting room... it's sweet.

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I'm jealous. At my local dealer, you can't even go back to the service area to see whats going on without permission. And I've been back there a couple of times, which they didn't take kindly to.
 

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oh yea, forgot to mention, i just had my oil changed by the dealer about a week ago. so no more than 100 miles ago. after a decent day of driving and i got home, i spelled this funny smell from the engine compartment.

now, i have never smelled what burning oil smells like so im not sure if its burning oil or somthing... but it almost has like a sweet smell to it. could i be burning oil? is there a way to check? and what exactly do u mean by "burning oil" anyways? like my engine is burning excess oil or like oil got on some of the piping during the oil change and is burning from the heat of the pipes?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Ng Luder:
like my engine is burning excess oil or like oil got on some of the piping during the oil change and is burning from the heat of the pipes?

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Get under the car while the engine is running and if u see smoke on the exhaust pipes right under ur oil filter..then its oil burning off, probably from a sloppy oil change. Shut it down, let it cool, spray some degreaser or something on it and wipe it clean. This is why I don't go to the dealer for oil changes.

If u don't see any smoke, then I'm not sure what it is. I also get a similar smell u described, right when I pull into my garage. But it appears to be from the rear passanger side..near the wheel, not under the hood.

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