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Old 07-12-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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Changing oil in tow vehicle???

I know many of you do your own routine maintenance on both your Redwood and tow vehicles but some don't for a variety of reasons.

For those of you who choose NOT to service your truck, specifically diesel and especially those of you who are full timers and seldom if ever take your truck to the dealer you purchased it from...where do you get your truck serviced?

For those still under warranty, do you take the truck to a dealer for routine service, to a generic oil change depot such as Jiffy Lube or to a specialized service facility specializing in diesel?

And those of you who are out of warrantee, where do you take yours?
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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J have ours done since we are full time. Also as I've got older have found it is easier to pay someone to do it. If we are in an area we are familiar with, we use a service we have used before. If we aren't we will ask the advice of someone who has had service done before or use a well known service.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:45 PM   #3
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My truck is still under warranty so I prefer to take it to a Ford Dealer for any work. This way it gets documented. I'm not beyond changing my own oil but they tell you to save receipts to prove the type of oil you use and where it was purchased. It costs a little more to have the dealer do it but if something happens down the line everything will be documented.
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:53 AM   #4
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Up until we Fulltimed I always did all my own maintenance. However now I just take it to the Ford dealer as they are everywhere. They are pretty competitive when it comes to oil change pricing and when it comes to Diesel engines I tend to not trust the quick change places.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:03 AM   #5
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I'm not a full timer so I don't fit into your question but I would like to offer a suggestion. If you go on line you can buy the Ford fuel filters that the dealerships charge an arm and leg for. I recommend everybody carrying one set with them in case of an emergency (getting bad fuel). I can change them now in about 20 minutes and most of this time is spent waiting for the fuel to drain. I believe it's a 10 millimeter socket required for under the hood and a 22 millimeter for the main filter housing.

They can be bought for around $45 on the internet and are easy to change. Simply go on youtube and watch the videos.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:35 AM   #6
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Dave that's actually good advice given how sensitive the late model fuel systems are to contaminants.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:49 AM   #7
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I always carry a spare Fuel Filter, ya never know when you will need it.
I also used to do my own service but the older I get and as much as we travel we use the local oil change service center when we need to.
We try and plan our service needs when are at our home base and people I know and trust.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:33 AM   #8
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My diesels have always gone back to Ford. The other Fords go to a Goodyear service center we have used for over a decade.

However, both Ford and Goodyear are starting to push these 3 levels of service based on mileage increments' that can set you back nearly $1,000 for the premium service if you let them sell it to you. Most if it goes well beyond any recommended service by Ford.
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A 1 1/4" or 32mm socket is used for the Ford 6.7L primary filter. Model year 2011 uses a 10mm socket for the secondary filter band clamp. The band clamp was deleted on subsequent model years and replaced by a twist lock secondary filter.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:27 PM   #10
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I've found the Ford dealers with the "quick change" facilities do a good job on our truck when we are on the road. Last year in Yuma they confirmed some leaking from the rear diff seal and a repair was scheduled (pinion seal replaced and the rear cover was removed and re-sealed, all under warranty). At home, I go to my local mechanic who does a great job and he does the annual safety inspection (yellow sticker) required for trucks in our province above 10,000 lb. GVWR.
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