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As above. Wanted oil changing on Vauxhall zafira 1.8. Where's best place to go using best quality stuff? Read More
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3m, 1d agoPosted 3 months, 1 day ago
As above. Wanted oil changing on Vauxhall zafira 1.8. Where's best place to go using best quality stuff?
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3m, 1d agoPosted 3 months, 1 day ago
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#1
Unless you know your local garage has a good rep try learn to do it yourself unless you cant for any medical reason. It really isnt difficult, it will save you a fortune and you know its getting good oil and filter.
#2
rhinopaul
Unless you know your local garage has a good rep try learn to do it yourself unless you cant for any medical reason. It really isnt difficult, it will save you a fortune and you know its getting good oil and filter.

I second this. Changing your own oil is easy, even for a novice. A quick google search will show you how to do it on your particular car, only basic tools would be needed and won't take long.

If you can't be bothered, then I'd go to a independent specialist (not main dealer) that deals with your brand of car, thats local in your city. Always do a bit of research on the place before you go (Google/Facebook reviews etc) and you can't go wrong.

Edited By: gsj87 on Jan 22, 2017 23:28
#3
rhinopaul
Unless you know your local garage has a good rep try learn to do it yourself unless you cant for any medical reason. It really isnt difficult, it will save you a fortune and you know its getting good oil and filter.


+1
#4
Other option if you have a mate who's handy - buy the oil yourself and slip him a tenner to do it. He's happy and your quids in !!
#5
#6


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#7
rhinopaul
Unless you know your local garage has a good rep try learn to do it yourself unless you cant for any medical reason. It really isnt difficult, it will save you a fortune and you know its getting good oil and filter.


Not particularly good advice. 9 out of ten people would make a balls up of it even if you gave them a ramp to do it on.

On a funnier note a guy i knew used to drive 3 miles in the country to drain his oil on the ground and change it. Went out one day dumped the oil opened the boot to find he left the oil at home. Served the polluting swine right lol
#8
Filters are usually in hard to reach places, most people wouldnt have the tool to remove it so end up sticking a screwdriver through it to unscrew it and end up with oil running down your arms then drop the sump plug into the dirty draining oil then cross thread the sump plug putting it back in once you have fished it out, get someone else to do it
#9
I think that 123batman321 and ding have garages.
What are you guys talking about. Filters are easy and simple to remove with a £7 filter wrench. The sump plug is even easier with the correct size socket.
I taught myself how to change the head gaskets , suspension, brakes , prop shaft etc etc all from the internet, you tube.
I do a far better job than any garage I used before.
#10
You usually go to a garage and pay a man.. your welcome ;)
#11
I do all my servicing myself. it's easy once you use your brain and figure out what goes where and how tight.

From my driveway I changed my springs and shocks to coil overs, changed the brakes all 4, serviced (gearbox flush, brake fluid flush, coolant flush, power steering flush, engine oil flush) all filters, dropped the rear axle replaced bushes repainted and refit, all front end mounts, wing, removed headlights to change bulbs and a bit more..

the Internet is amazing and u can always always skylab for help on forums and such.
#12
Local garage with a good reputation. Asked about. Mine uses good oil and its about £45
#13
Even a chimp could do a basic service, I service my own car and relatives and you only usually need basic tools, Probably serviced about 30 cars and encountered one problem, That was the other day when I serviced my own car, I must have over tightened the sump plug last year, I managed to round it off. Had to buy some bolt extractors ( Screwfix £11.99 ) and managed to get it out. Some manufacturers require special sump plug removal tools i,e VW usually have a security M16 spline nut Some don't even have a sump plug, The oil is siphoned out.!

Diesel fuel filters can be a little tricky, You should prime them with fresh diesel when refitting and true they're often in awkward places.

Disposing of oil can be a problem but luckily my local recycling center accept used oil.

Sometimes removing the under tray can take longer than the service itself.

I guess sometimes it's just as easy to let a garage service it but make sure they're trustworthy, Some garages have been known to reuse oil, vacuum the air filters etc.. Use low grade oil etc.. If you do it yourself or use a friend then you'll have reassurance that you're getting what you paid for.



Edited By: shauneco on Jan 23, 2017 09:05
#14
I don't know the age of your vehicle or whether you are bothered but I'm surprised no one has mentioned about keeping up your "Full Service History" on the car. You may want to get a main dealer to service the vehicle if this is of any importance. You can be sure that they use the correct, genuine parts, quality Helix oil and the all-important stamp in your service log.

Of course, you will pay 'main dealer' prices so that's why I always service my own car! Hehe. Costs me around £30-40 instead of £180-250. You can get all your stuff delivered via the likes of "carparts4less" (who always have special deals and discount codes kicking around) but just be aware of cross-references in parts which can throw the unwary. Some things are a 'will-fit' variety but can be more problematic than paying a wee bit more for a better make. Google is your friend for info on OEM and alternative spares.

Best regards, Phsy.
#15
One other thing perhaps worth mentioning is that a main dealer will also do a muti-point health check whilst doing a service (or any work) as standard. Yes, of course they are looking for more work but it's up to you whether you take their advice or not. And if you were unsure you could always then go to an independent local mechanic and get them to inspect the 'reported' issue and tell you it's level of seriousness. Some things that the main dealer find may also be covered by the manufacturers warranty but an independent wouldn't necessarily know this...

Edited By: Phsycronix on Jan 23, 2017 11:37
#16
Phsycronix
One other thing perhaps worth mentioning is that a main dealer will also do a muti-point health check whilst doing a service (or any work) as standard. Yes, of course they are looking for more work but it's up to you whether you take their advice or not. And if you were unsure you could always then go to an independent local mechanic and get them to inspect the 'reported' issue and tell you it's level of seriousness. Some things that the main dealer find may also be covered by the manufacturers warranty but an independent wouldn't necessarily know this...


Okay so the service is due in march for which I have a service plan at perrys Vauxhall.
The reason I want the oil and filter done now is because I topped up the screen wash last week and checked the oil. Oil is way past max level on the dip Stick. Only people to touch the car after last service were perrys on its recall work and twice after cos I still have a burning smell coming through the heating system. They seem to think it's fine. That was checked at perrys Swinton and then perrys Rotherham. So someone over filled the oil. God knows why. Both deny doing it.
So I don't trust the recall work or service work.
Like most zafira owners I want rid of it but need 6 seats minimum. Don't do diesel miles but the missus does so I suppose it's an option.

I haven't had much look with mains car dealers over the years.
#17
joxeruk2000
Phsycronix
One other thing perhaps worth mentioning is that a main dealer will also do a muti-point health check whilst doing a service (or any work) as standard. Yes, of course they are looking for more work but it's up to you whether you take their advice or not. And if you were unsure you could always then go to an independent local mechanic and get them to inspect the 'reported' issue and tell you it's level of seriousness. Some things that the main dealer find may also be covered by the manufacturers warranty but an independent wouldn't necessarily know this...
Okay so the service is due in march for which I have a service plan at perrys Vauxhall.
The reason I want the oil and filter done now is because I topped up the screen wash last week and checked the oil. Oil is way past max level on the dip Stick. Only people to touch the car after last service were perrys on its recall work and twice after cos I still have a burning smell coming through the heating system. They seem to think it's fine. That was checked at perrys Swinton and then perrys Rotherham. So someone over filled the oil. God knows why. Both deny doing it.
So I don't trust the recall work or service work.
Like most zafira owners I want rid of it but need 6 seats minimum. Don't do diesel miles but the missus does so I suppose it's an option.
I haven't had much look with mains car dealers over the years.
Which goes to prove the point in learning to do it yourself. Driving around with too much oil will knacker your car causing pressure build up and leaks leading to failure of seals and components.
You can buy an oil extractor for about £15 from Amazon, simply pop it in the oil filler and pump out the excess before its too late if it isnt already.
#18
123batman321
rhinopaul
Unless you know your local garage has a good rep try learn to do it yourself unless you cant for any medical reason. It really isnt difficult, it will save you a fortune and you know its getting good oil and filter.


Not particularly good advice. 9 out of ten people would make a balls up of it even if you gave them a ramp to do it on.

On a funnier note a guy i knew used to drive 3 miles in the country to drain his oil on the ground and change it. Went out one day dumped the oil opened the boot to find he left the oil at home. Served the polluting swine right lol


Not funny at all. plus he could be a murdered spilling oil on a road! Sounds more like he was trying to kill people and families on windy county roads

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