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Where can you work on your car?

Postby bk7794 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:13 pm

If you live in an apartment, where can you go to do things like Oil changes, brake pad changes, engine swaps and other automotive related things?

I also recently became interested in Overlanding. If you're on a long road trip, where can you change your own oil or do any other maintenance while on the road?
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Re: Where can you work on your car?

Postby potownrob » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:56 am

bk7794 wrote:If you live in an apartment, where can you go to do things like Oil changes, brake pad changes, engine swaps and other automotive related things?

I also recently became interested in Overlanding. If you're on a long road trip, where can you change your own oil or do any other maintenance while on the road?
without a friend or family member with a garage or a driveway you can work on, some condo and apartment complexes are strict about that stuff. i think some people in my sister's old condo complex were able to use a secluded section of the road that runs through the complex to work on their cars. you could also rent a garage or find some abandoned area to work in (always risk of the 5-0 stopping by though). as for on the highway, not sure, but again may be able to find an abandoned parking lot or area to work in, or rent a garage. otherwise, you could have a shop work on the car of course. i like pizza.
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Re: Where can you work on your car?

Postby Rope-Pusher » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:12 am

potownrob wrote:
bk7794 wrote:If you live in an apartment, where can you go to do things like Oil changes, brake pad changes, engine swaps and other automotive related things?

I also recently became interested in Overlanding. If you're on a long road trip, where can you change your own oil or do any other maintenance while on the road?
without a friend or family member with a garage or a driveway you can work on, some condo and apartment complexes are strict about that stuff. i think some people in my sister's old condo complex were able to use a secluded section of the road that runs through the complex to work on their cars. you could also rent a garage or find some abandoned area to work in (always risk of the 5-0 stopping by though). as for on the highway, not sure, but again may be able to find an abandoned parking lot or area to work in, or rent a garage. otherwise, you could have a shop work on the car of course. i like pizza.

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Yanno, it's short trips and stop-n-go driving that are the worst conditions for your engine oil. Contamination with water or fuel from condensation or blow-by tends to evaporate and ventilate out through the PCV system when the oil is allowed to heat up sum. Consider upping the oil change interval mileage if you are driving on long, interstate highway trips.
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Re: Where can you work on your car?

Postby theholycow » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:46 pm

bk7794 wrote:If you live in an apartment, where can you go to do things like Oil changes, brake pad changes, engine swaps and other automotive related things?

You might select an apartment with that issue in mind as a part of your decision. I've helped a friend with oil changes, brakes, body work, and a head gasket job in his apartment parking lot...nowhere special, just wherever the car was already.

I also recently became interested in Overlanding. If you're on a long road trip, where can you change your own oil or do any other maintenance while on the road?

Why not make some strategic upgrades/modifications? Add a remote oil filter and an electric sump, and go for ultra-extended OCI with some of those extremely premium oils that have no reasonable application for normal driving. Equip yourself for DIY oil analyzation (a $50 device exists, and I'm sure litmus strips and such are easy/cheap/good too). Run the electric sump while parked at a truck stop or even a Walmart to pump out the oil, close the hood if it takes more than 30 seconds, and dump in the new oil; replace remote filter in seconds without getting under the car. Maybe pipe it into the interior so you can do the oil change without opening the hood or even the door. Maybe even invent some kind of dialysis system for it for continuous cleaning/refreshing/oil replacement. Better still, get a diesel, prepare it to run on waste oil, and continuously pump a little of it into the fuel supply while replacing it with fresh oil.

What other kinds of maintenance worry you?
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Re: Where can you work on your car?

Postby bk7794 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:30 pm

I never claimed maintenance worried me. I just wondered what solutions are out there for that issue.

I probably would do an extended OCI if I was doing a >10k mile road trip. Get me one of those super synthetic oil filters etc.
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