I let the oil change place snooker me again, lol

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  1. Rick Lee

    Rick Lee Member

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    You couldn't pay me $50 to do another cabin filter change on Mrs. Lee's BMW X1. You have to remove a lot of stuff to get to it, none of it near the glovebox.
     
  2. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    Closed circulation/AC filter. Yes, It exists. When someone pulls one out and shows it to you saying you need a replacement, ask them "please show me where this came from?". You'll either get educated or you'll get a discount.
     
  3. bjelkeman

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    I came expecting an oil change. Like my guitars, I go electric these days so no oil change. The air filter, yeah, that needs changing occasionally.
     
  4. Madguitrst

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    At any Jiffy Lube, for example, you can buy your own filter, have them put it in, and they will reimburse you the price you paid (try it). That way, you can get the best filter(s) for the lowest price. You can also request your old one back, if you don't mind disposing of it, or to just look at it and give it to them to dispose of (they charge for disposal of everything, even if it's only a buck, anyway). No matter what, it's good to know what your filters are and what they look like.

    Also, always have coupons ready, and, if you are going to have more than one service done, ask for an additional discount. Be ready to say no thanks to the additional service and see what they will offer after that. Again, don't hesitate to ask for anything.

    For both of our cars, we have to use synthetic oil and that crap isn't cheap. It's not really worth it to do it myself anymore, as it would cost me almost as much to do it myself as it would to have it done ... with discounts (I don't even know where my oil drain pan is anymore).

    One last thing: Dave Shoop, you really should not go way over the mileage for oil changes, but I'm sure you know that. Oil (and water) is the lifeblood of your vehicles, and changing the oil at proper intervals in a relatively inexpensive way to keep them healthy.
     
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  5. EarleG

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    Next time put one of those very realistic looking imitation rattlesnakes in your
    glovebox.
     
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  6. scottlr

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    Jiffy Lube is the biggest rip off oil change place out there. I NEVER go there. I've also never had anyone ask to replace my cabin filter, so I never knew there was such a thing. Like Peteyvee, I go to a locally owned shop that's been here at least the 40 years I have.
     
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  7. DustyRhodesJr

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    Let me tell you what happened to my Nissan Quest van-

    same as you I had no idea of a cabin filter.

    So my AC quit working in the middle of last summer, and luckily a mechanic friend offered
    to fix the AC and a few other things over a long weekend (while he wasnt on his regular job).

    I had been quoted $1500 for a whole new system, but he narrowed it down to a blower
    motor in the front.

    So he put in a new AC motor and it still didnt work, which completely baffled him.

    It turned out a completely clogged cabin filter was blocking the AC motor's air flow, and in fact
    that is what destroyed the original motor, it was simply working so hard to get input air that it
    burned it out.

    So a $10 filter ended up costing me several hundred dollars, and it could have been $1500 plus
    tax had my friend not saved me money on repairs.
     
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  8. Old Possum

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    For the AC, look for it on YouTube...it gets really gross.
     
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  9. mango

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    My Ranger doesn't have a cabin filter,our Nissan does but the AC hasn't worked since we bought it so I haven't bothered with it..
     
  10. Totally Bored

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    I’d tip the guy. They make crappy money and they don’t get anything extra for trying to help you out. The boss tells them to sell you the cabin filter and his boss will ask him why isn’t the little guy selling cabin filters.

    With that said....

    I change my oil and filters.
     
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  11. 84Bravo

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    It’s a thing.

     
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  12. coltonius

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    Did your ‘73 Mach 1 have airbags? Would you be fine if your Acura didn’t have them? :rolleyes:


    Sounds like whomever quoted you $1500 didn’t look at your car. There’s “my AC went out (no cold air through the vents)” and “my AC doesn’t blow at all (nothing is coming through the vents)”. Two wildly different things- the former probably would’ve cost you that much for a flush, new compressor, and a few other components. The latter is much a easier fix, as you found out. :)
     
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  13. fjblair

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    In all these years I have never been asked about a cabin filter. Didn't even know there was such a thing. Now I will, of course, have to have it changed. Thanks a lot TGP.
     
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  14. Rick Lee

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    I have always changed my cabin filters about once a year. And they have almost always been filthy. Can't imagine what you'd be breathing in an old car that had never had it changed, at least in a place where you often drive with the windows closed and heat or a/c on.
     
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  15. Dave Shoop

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    Maybe because I usually had older cars. My 2nd car a 2001 Sienna doesn't have one. There will probably soon be a lawyer doing a commercial informing us about a class action suit and millions of dollars available to those who bought cars without the filter. Operators on line now to take your call.
     
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  16. NewLeaf09

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    The last time a Jiffy Lube type place charged my wife $70 for an oil change I started changing the oil. I can do it in 15-20 minutes with full synthetic for less than half what the convenience oil places charge. The Farm and Fleet ramps I use cost about one oil change. I do my bikes, the lawn tractor, the snow blower, the weed whacker - it's pretty simple.

    Last time I went to one of those places they did the cabin air filter thing with me - wanted some ridiculous amount - like $80 - for a filter for a Honda Accord. I told them to just blow it out with compressed air and the guy said he wasn't allowed to do that but I could. I blew it out and they reinstalled it. Haven't noticed any degradation in air quality in my cabin since.
     
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  17. Boston617

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    Good idea to replace the cabin filter and engine air filter once a year. Maybe every six months if you live in a heavily wooded area or park under a tree where little specks of everything find their way under your hood.

    And get a quality one. Wix/NAPA Gold are the best non-performance aftermarket ones by a long shot. Stay away from Fram, Purolator & ProTec.
     
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  18. Floyd Eye

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    This
     
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  19. Rick51

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    It's an expensive luxury car, but who needs heat or AC anyway? If you have a cabin air filter and do not replace it from time to time, it eventually gets so dirty it blocks your air flow.
     
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  20. twoheadedboy

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    I think they usually charge about twice what the actual filter costs. With most cars, it takes about 2 minutes to replace the filter yourself. No tools required.
     

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