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Old 09 Nov 2005, 03:17 am   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a qualified auto mechanic in my area(Queens, NYC) to
maintain my 2000 Camry. What question should I ask to make sure he
has all the right tools and equipment? Do they need to have certain
specialized equipment for this purpose?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 11:22 am   #2 (permalink)
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Hard to find trustworthy mechanics anywhere.
Generally, the faster they work, the more money they can make.
Good clues would be a clean, well organized shop and tools versus
disorganized and filthy.
Also a pleasant demeanor is helpful.
Use your intuition, if you feel uncomfortable there, leave.
Ask other customers about their experiences.

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Old 09 Nov 2005, 11:22 am   #3 (permalink)
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Hard to find trustworthy mechanics anywhere.
Generally, the faster they work, the more money they can make.
Good clues would be a clean, well organized shop and tools versus
disorganized and filthy.
Also a pleasant demeanor is helpful.
Use your intuition, if you feel uncomfortable there, leave.
Ask other customers about their experiences.

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Old 10 Nov 2005, 07:43 am   #4 (permalink)
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Go to Manners Motors In L.I.C. Not only are they honest but excellent
mechanics too. Usally they are cheaper then anyone else too. He has saved
me alot of money over the years.

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Old 12 Nov 2005, 12:10 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Thu, 10 Nov 2005 08:43:19 -0500, "Neal1" <evansheryl@aol.com>
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>Go to Manners Motors In L.I.C. Not only are they honest but excellent
>mechanics too. Usally they are cheaper then anyone else too. He has saved
>me alot of money over the years.


Thanks to you. I took your advice and went. They are really good
mechanics. Sounds very honest. Small mark-ups. Try to save you
money when possible. Absolutely no rip-offs.
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Old 16 Nov 2005, 09:36 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default oil changes

I would like some options on the 3000 mile oil change. I've heard it said
the 3000 mile oil change is just marketing from the quick change places
and your owners manual says 7500. Todays oil will last way past 3000
miles. The other side of the arguement says the auto manufactures say 7500
miles to keep the cost of ownership down. Most people I ask say "well it's
not that expensive so I do it at 3000 miles." I'm inclined to follow what
the owners manual says, but I'm not really sure it's the correct thing to
do.

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Old 17 Nov 2005, 06:33 am   #7 (permalink)
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3000 is avg , if you use a good synthetic and drive easy on the highway
in no dust or cold maybe 5000, if you drive hard in city in cold and
dust short 5 minute trips maybe 2000.

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Old 17 Nov 2005, 11:42 am   #8 (permalink)
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3000 was the real deal a decade or so ago.

As I have heard it explained on CarTalk, the oils and metals and
filtering have improved greatly in the past decade or so. So, they
believe that the 3K option is overkill. They now say 5K is the magic
number based on all these improvements.

The CarTalk guys seem to know of what they speak. I still go by 3K, but
I'm at an age when it's tough to teach an old dog new tricks....plus I
have a 03 Camry and despite what Toy sez, I'm a bit paranoid about the
sludge issue.

I do believe that with frequent oil changes it is good insurance to
swap out your car's oil drain plug for a lever operated drain valve.
Reduces the chance of you stripping the threads on the oil pan, makes
changing the oil much faster, and you don't have to periodically worry
about putting in a new plug gasket. www.fumotovalve.com....

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Old 17 Nov 2005, 07:52 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I put nearly 160K on a corolla with 4000 to 5000 mile oil change
intervals. I have never once experienced a problem with stripped
threads. That is more of a Honda thing if I recall correctly. I did
have the sealing washer fail at 120K, but that is somewhat of an
expendable part. If toyota used a more durable copper or aluminum
washer, then you would need more torque to get the proper sealing
crush, which is why sometimes stripped threads arise. I think some of
the quick change places use and impact wrench, by the way they torque
that plug up. I work with a lady who had her oil changed at Walmart
and they stripped her threads out and then RTV'd the plug in. I'd
rather replace an expendable "soft" washer every 100K miles, rather
than deal with stripped threads. Trust me, the toyota pan threads
will hold up for the life of the vehicle. By the way, I baby my newer
corolla and go for 3000-4000 mile oil changes, coolant change at 20K
and plan a transmission fluid change and strainer cleaning around
30K. You would really have to have routine oil analysis performed to
determine how your oil is holding up, based on your driving habits. It
is a tough call, but I agree...city driving 3000, hwy driving 5000,
and adjust for a multitude of conditions.


On 17 Nov 2005 09:42:45 -0800, timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:

>3000 was the real deal a decade or so ago.
>
>As I have heard it explained on CarTalk, the oils and metals and
>filtering have improved greatly in the past decade or so. So, they
>believe that the 3K option is overkill. They now say 5K is the magic
>number based on all these improvements.
>
>The CarTalk guys seem to know of what they speak. I still go by 3K, but
>I'm at an age when it's tough to teach an old dog new tricks....plus I
>have a 03 Camry and despite what Toy sez, I'm a bit paranoid about the
>sludge issue.
>
>I do believe that with frequent oil changes it is good insurance to
>swap out your car's oil drain plug for a lever operated drain valve.
>Reduces the chance of you stripping the threads on the oil pan, makes
>changing the oil much faster, and you don't have to periodically worry
>about putting in a new plug gasket. www.fumotovalve.com....

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