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We all have read bad stories about jiffy lube and frankly I would never take my car to one. But maybe its not all bad. I gave my son my 99 sonata back when I bought a 2003 sonata. He used it as a work car for about 5 years and I took it back when he replaced it about 2 years ago. I was going thru some of the old receipts of work that he had saved last week and notice that he had the transmission flushed at jiffy lube over three years ago. Its been driven over 20,000 miles since then without any problems at all, and I must say shifts very smooth. Here's what was on the work order.
Auto Transmission Flush 99.99
Multi-vehicle transmission (Fluid) QTY. 13
Special Fluid charge $5

So maybe we shouldn't be so quick to recommend to people to go immediately and replace fluid that jiffy lube put into their car. I suspect that some of them may know what they are doing.
 

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My brother had taken his 07 Tiburon to Jiffy Lube for an oil change. A couple days later he came home and he said the car was running weird, so I checked the fluids. There was no oil in the car whatsoever.
 

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Try to find the links to the Jiffy Lube sting that either 48 hours or one of those news shows did and you would not go to or reccomend Jiffy Lube to anyone. My wife took her car to a juffy lube years ago and they told her the tranny was shot, showed her some piece that came out of the pan. They told her to go to some shop down the street and they could fix it for about 1200 dollars. I looked at the piece and told her no way that came out of the drain pan, since it was twice as thick as the pan, so she took the car to the dealer to have the trans checked out and they said it was fine. she showed them the piece and they laughed, said it was a bottom of a coffee cup or something like that and that they were just trying to scam a female customer.
 

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I love Jiffy lube stories.

A J/L was nailed for removing fluids (transmission, etc) from cars and putting them back into the cars of subsequent customers.

At least they were "changing" the fluids - this is what you pay for. Right??

I have personally watched my local J/L at work. Their only tool is a humongous pair of rusty slip-joint -or Channelock- pliers. At least, it's the only one they actually use. But, then, my plumber operates the same way.
 

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Not a J/L story, but had a friend that worked at a service station when in college (in the late 80's)...customers would ask for an 'oil change' and if they didn't specify NEW oil, they got oil that was previously drained from other cars...what a rip off!

Last time I went to J/L they wanted to replace the air filter. First, I was **** b/c they ripped open the glovebox and dumped the contents all over the place. Second, they took the filter and dumped crap on top of it to get me to spend $50 for a new one. Third, at the time I was in there, the manager was yelling at the employees to work faster..I mean YELLING at them. He had one bay tied up with a Ford Escort that had a broken belt and the techs couldn't get it to work..a totally unpleasant experience.
 

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I've been there once. I only went there because my nut was completely stripped and I didn't have the my regular jack and jack stands to work on it. I took it to a jiffy lube having them change the oil with the oil and oil filter I just purchased to be put it and watched to make sure they did everything right. They changed my air filter too. Ending up costing 24 for the air filter and 30 bucks for the **** oil change. They gave me a 1 dollar credit for using my own oil and oil filter, but hey they didn't charge me for a new nut. I'm not going back to any quick oil changing place again. No way in **** I'm getting charged 30 bucks to unscrew a bold drain oil, unscrew a filter, put filter and nut back on and put in the right amount of oil in addition to buying the oil and oil filter that would probably be the cheapest stuff still made.
 

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A friend of mine worked at a good lube once he put washer fulid into the motor instead of the oil luckly he relized what he was doing and had to drain and refill the oil a few times to get the washer fulid out, another thing they do is called "Butter Ball" that means when an oilfilter is a b**** to get to they just wipe the old filter clean with a rag and make it look like it was replaced and it actually wasnt needless to say make sure you watch the people work on your car i make sure im next to my car when ever someones working on it who ever it maybe people are sneaky and you never know what theyll do moral of the story pay the extra buck or 2 and go to the dealer or do it your self its not worth the headach in the end trying to save a few pennies
 

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My daughter found a large puddle of oil under her 2009 Impreza. The oil was changed at my local Shell station couple months before. Since she lives downtown Chicago, some 30 miles from us, and it was Saturday afternoon, the only place around that could check it was a JL. She and her boyfriend arrived there 5 minutes before closing.... The manager was there. He lifted the car and immediately noticed the oil dripping from a LOOSE OIL FILTER.... He tightened it up, added some oil, and they were on their way out.... One needs not be a scientist to figure that out.

The Shell guy apparently didn't tighten the filter enough, and it got loose with time.

So not all is terrible with JL. After all, this franchise has been around for a while, they CAN'T be ALL terrible....

I decided I will not bring my cars back to that Shell station.

Am I going to start servicing my cars at JL? No.
 

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No thanks Jiffy Lube. I've been to a Tire Kingdom when I had a Caddy Fleetwood. They overfilled my crankcase by a couple of quarts. Their metering gun was broken according to the tech he was sorry but blamed the shop for not wanting to fix it and being cheap. They drained and refilled my oil. Go to the dealer or a competent mechanic. All these store's are just about sell sell sell. The Hyundai dealer must check my filters every time I go in or every other time, I get tired of it because I noticed that my stuff has been moved.

TIP TO EVERYONE: Open your glove box with and write on the side inbetween the door jam DO NOT TOUCH MY AIR FILTER! I like to watch my car being service too.
 

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Again, another reason to prefer your competent reliable mechanic over your your area dealership.... You need a relationship and build a rapport with your mechanic --- just as you do it with your doctor, dentist, CPA or hair dresser (OK, barber)....
 

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QUOTE (Supernova88642 @ Dec 7 2010, 07:41 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=377742
when an oilfilter is a b**** to get to they just wipe the old filter clean with a rag and make it look like it was replaced and it actually wasnt
I would imagine this to be the case on cars with cartridge filters like the Sonata V6. You don't really think they're going to bother digging that baby out, finding a new filter somewhere, replacing the O-rings, etc. With a "spin-on" filter, they might actually replace it.

Another reason why I service my own.
 

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I work at Valvoline Instant Oil Chnage, and my buddy works at Jiffy Lube, its just a job till i get out of college. I've been there a year and a half and we have not had any problems with leaving oil out of peoples cars are anything. Both of them go in a sequence of order and get second checks to make sure everything was done correctly, so i dont understand how they could leave oil out anyones car, or even anything along those lines. Everything at Valvoline is on camera, and if you ever suspect that they didnt change your filter, you should call. As far as recommending additional servies, we only rec. by the milage on the vehicle, that is valvoline at least. Unless you dont do anything but highway driving, and drive in normal weather its considered severe driving conditions and the fluids are rec. alot, look in your owners manual under what they consider sever conditions, its pretty crazy. But i totaly agree with you guys, i am crazy about my cars and i do that same thing if i ever take them anywhere.
 

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