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Old 03-17-2020, 10:52 AM #1
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Oldest person still changing their own oil and filter.

I found this guy who is 81 years old out changing his own oil and filter, on his 2008 Toyota 4Runner.

I stopped and spoke with him told me he had always changed his own on every car and truck he owned, said he got his first job at a local gas station when he was 14 .50 cents an hour, changed oil and filters greased lots of autos fixed many flats, and at 16 when he got his first car started do his own service work.

Said once a wife in 89 wanted the dealer to service her car, they over filled the oil and let oil from filter changing leak from under her car making a big mess in the garage.

After that he did all her oil changes.

Anyone else older then this guy changing their own oil and filter?
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I found this guy who is 81 years old out changing his own oil and filter, on his 2008 Toyota 4Runner.

I stopped and spoke with him told me he had always changed his own on every car and truck he owned, said he got his first job at a local gas station when he was 14 .50 cents an hour, changed oil and filters greased lots of autos fixed many flats, and at 16 when he got his first car started do his own service work.

Said once a wife in 89 wanted the dealer to service her car, they over filled the oil and let oil from filter changing leak from under her car making a big mess in the garage.

After that he did all her oil changes.

Anyone else older then this guy changing their own oil and filter?
Sounds like me in about 60 years. Never taken any of my vehicles in for an oil change. Ever.
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I'm 57 and have always done my own oil changes. While growing up I spent a lot of time at my dad's service garage. After school, I would change oil there for spending money. When I married and moved, I continued changing my own oil. Today, my current vehicles all came with free oil changes and I still do it myself.
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I'll be 73 in June, do my own oil changes. Last week installed 1" Daystar in front. Couple years ago removed xreas and installed 4600 Bilsteins and FJ springs and replaced the LCA's after having to cut both sides off with cut-off wheels. Do my own brakes too. It's still fun!
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Meanwhile I know a guy who can't even buy the right oil weight. It's not for everyone.
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I found this guy who is 81 years old out changing his own oil and filter, on his 2008 Toyota 4Runner.

I stopped and spoke with him told me he had always changed his own on every car and truck he owned, said he got his first job at a local gas station when he was 14 .50 cents an hour, changed oil and filters greased lots of autos fixed many flats, and at 16 when he got his first car started do his own service work.

Said once a wife in 89 wanted the dealer to service her car, they over filled the oil and let oil from filter changing leak from under her car making a big mess in the garage.

After that he did all her oil changes.

Anyone else older then this guy changing their own oil and filter?
I hope you bought that guy a beer!
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At 73 I have changed all my oil since 1963-64. Even in warranty by Manufactures Specs. I am facing a situation with my 07 4runner (6 cyl, 2wd) purchased in 2010 with 43,000 miles I drive so little I had to change the oil per 6 months for warranty purposes with less than 1,000 miles. Out of the warranty I started changing once a year on the week of my birthday. Since then a neck Fusion caused me to put it off 2 years under 1,000 miles. Once a week at least I have hit the fwy to get up to operating temp at least 10 miles.

My question is ďhow much damage am I doing driving the few miles on Synthetic Blend 5-30Ē? I have my Oil, Filter and Drain Plug Washer but felt I would wait until my July 2020 birthday to chance oil. Then go back to the once a year with hopes of getting back to 2-3,000 a year.

Thanks for your Experienced Opinion!
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I hope you bought that guy a beer!
I went home looked at my maintains records found it had been close to three years since i had changed my 08 4Runners oil&filter, went to Walmart picked up some Mobil1 5/30 and a Fram Tough Guard Filter.

Took both home jacked up my 08 4Runner and got it changed, i bought my 08 4Runner new in 08 and am not a big driver as today i have 7,446 miles on it.
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My question is ďhow much damage am I doing driving the few miles on Synthetic Blend 5-30Ē? I have my Oil, Filter and Drain Plug Washer but felt I would wait until my July 2020 birthday to chance oil. Then go back to the once a year with hopes of getting back to 2-3,000 a year.

Thanks for your Experienced Opinion!
Seeing these engines run for hundreds of thousands of miles I doubt you've done any damage or at least none anyone would ever notice. My truck is at 205k and I know the oil was rarely changed before I got it because of the sludge build up. Now that it's all cleaned up it still runs well and does not seem to burn oil.

I hope your neck gets better. I'm 53 and hope to still enjoy wrenching 20 or 30 years from now.
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On the other hand, Iíd like to know the youngest people changing their own oil. Obviously if youíre on this forum, itís skewed. Iím more concerned with the Ďyouthí. I work in a large city and Iíve met people who havenít even cut grass...
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On the other hand, Iíd like to know the youngest people changing their own oil. Obviously if youíre on this forum, itís skewed. Iím more concerned with the Ďyouthí. I work in a large city and Iíve met people who havenít even cut grass...
My guess is there is very few today who have ever held a wrench let alone used one.
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Well, I'll be 39 this year. Changing my own oil, brakes, alternators, starters, shocks, and minor engine work since auto shop in high school at 16. I never have and never will trust another to work on my vehicles, especially when it comes to stuff I can do.
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36 years old.

With my uncles help (who is 68) we changed the suspension out on mine. He was a mechanic for 30 years, worked at mitsubishi in bloomington IL and now working for Rivan at the old plant.

Swapped calipers out, brakes, coolant, oil changes, wheel bearings, cv axles etc on my own at his house on a lift.

Planning on continuing doing my own work and he is willing to teach me everything he knows and is glad I’m taking a real interest in working on my 4runner!
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I taught my boys and daughter how to change the oil before they got their licenses, they still do them but my daughter gets help. My boys are pretty adept at most things hands on, daughter is more of a book person. She will be helping me change the brakes on her old Accord soon. Then once we get a bit more warm weather it will be the engine in the much newer car that is replacing the Accord. We got that newer one super cheap because of an engine rap.

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