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Old 11-18-2009, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cost of Oil Change?

I just got my oil change and started looking at my ticket, they charged my right at $100 for 8 qts. of synthetic oil, and filter. Does this seem high to anyone else?
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Yeah considering you can buy your own synthetic for about $5/qt
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My dealer quoted an approximate price of $85.00 for a Mobil 1 synthetic change; I said "no thanks" and change my own for less than $40.00, including a genuine Toyota filter cartridge. I realize the dealer has to pay the mechanic and has other significant overhead costs, but their charges are way out-of-line. I just changed out my driveline lubes with synthetic for less than $80.00, when they wanted over $275.00
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My dealer quoted an approximate price of $85.00 for a Mobil 1 synthetic change; I said "no thanks" and change my own for less than $40.00, including a genuine Toyota filter cartridge. I realize the dealer has to pay the mechanic and has other significant overhead costs, but their charges are way out-of-line. I just changed out my driveline lubes with synthetic for less than $80.00, when they wanted over $275.00
When you say driveline lubes do you mean the differentials? They quoted me $250 as well for front and rear and I know I need it done so I wanna do it myself but really don't know how but I am pretty mechanically inclined so any advice would be appreciated.
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When you say driveline lubes do you mean the differentials? They quoted me $250 as well for front and rear and I know I need it done so I wanna do it myself but really don't know how but I am pretty mechanically inclined so any advice would be appreciated.
Pretty simple really;1'st, you'll need to get the truck a little higher than it sits stock, and reasonably level. The drains for the rear diff and transfer case take a socket( I used SAE 15/16", I think), but they are metric. The front diff drain and fill plugs are 12mm allen(again I used 1/2" SAE) The filling of the front diff is a bear, if you don't have a fluid pump(which I don't). If you are reasonably dexterous, you can fill it using a tube extention on the quart bottles of gear lube(actually need the extention on the transfer and rear diff, also) by working the lube bottle above the fill level from in front of the axle shaft. I'm in my late 60's, so if you're the least bit supple, you should have no problem. Oh ya, you have to remove a sheet metal guard that covers the transfer drain(4, 10mm bolts)
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Pretty simple really;1'st, you'll need to get the truck a little higher than it sits stock, and reasonably level. The drains for the rear diff and transfer case take a socket( I used SAE 15/16", I think), but they are metric. The front diff drain and fill plugs are 12mm allen(again I used 1/2" SAE) The filling of the front diff is a bear, if you don't have a fluid pump(which I don't). If you are reasonably dexterous, you can fill it using a tube extention on the quart bottles of gear lube(actually need the extention on the transfer and rear diff, also) by working the lube bottle above the fill level from in front of the axle shaft. I'm in my late 60's, so if you're the least bit supple, you should have no problem. Oh ya, you have to remove a sheet metal guard that covers the transfer drain(4, 10mm bolts)
Thanks for the advice I think I can tackle that without too much trouble. What oil did you use for it? I want synthetic of course.
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Mobil 1, 75/90 synthetic gear lube. Mobil markets a 75/140 also, so make sure you get the 75/90
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Mobil 1, 75/90 synthetic gear lube. Mobil markets a 75/140 also, so make sure you get the 75/90
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In Phoenix, the dealer I go to charges $55 for engine and filter change, tire rotation and miscellaneous inspection items (5,000 mile service). Oil and filter only is $34.95.

Hope you got some other stuff done for the extra money...
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^^^Is that for synthetic oil?
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My dealer is low pressure. I go over the recommended list, but end up paying about $50 for oil, filter, rotation, and some basics. I'll probably have them do the 4WD at 50K. Not much more than Jiffy Lube. I used to do it all myself, but now I don't have to worry about recycling the oil.
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Just spent $85 for oil and filter change at the dealership yesterday. That was for 8 qt. of Valvoline 0W20 full synthetic.
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