Why no one should ever take their car to Jiffy Lube...

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by racerx000, May 6, 2006.

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    racerx000 Guest

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    Backfire Bob Guest

    Thanks for posting this.......

    This act is nothing compared to some of the other horror stories about
    Jiffy-Boob and Shit-Stop.
    They have stripped out drainplugs, put the wrong fluids in the wrong places.
    They contaminate your brake system with the wrong or spoiled brake fluid.
    They overfill batteries and add TAP WATER to them!
    They love to sell $15 air filters and overpriced fuel filters.

    People...STAY AWAY from these places! Minimum wage high-school kids are NOT
    Qualified/Certified auto mechanics! They **** up and *YOU* pay the price for
    Backfire Bob, May 6, 2006
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    Body Roll Guest

    I think you're preaching to the choir. By the time people get a Sub
    they usually know
    where not to service their cars.
    Body Roll, May 6, 2006
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    Larry Weil Guest

    And no dealer service department has ever done any of those things? I
    had an oil change at my dealer one time, they poured the oil into the
    engine from an old, dirty watering bucket (the type you'de use to water
    your flowers, but with the spray head removed).
    Larry Weil, May 6, 2006
  5. Which they would have filled from the bulk container they buy oil in. Was the
    exterior of the bucket dirtier than the rest of the shop? Were you able to
    determine that the oil itself was dirty?

    My worry would have been overfilling.
    John Rethorst, May 6, 2006
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    shopsis Guest

    Where I am in the NYC metro area I've had them use diluted windshield
    washer fluid, so that you are not protected much below 20 degrees F.
    NYC temperatures do go below that sometimes, and if you drive into New
    England for a ski trip, you're in trouble. I learned my lesson when I
    was caught in a snow storm in upstate NY at night, and my windsheild
    quickly and repeatedly became coated with an opaque mixture of salt,
    sand and snow that frozen windshield washer fluid could do nothing
    about. Could of been killed or killed sonebody!

    When I complained, they denied using diluted stuff. Poor bastards
    probably don't know what they use.
    shopsis, May 7, 2006
  7. Yes, they got us too with a stripped oil drain. I won't go there
    anymore. High school (drop-outs?) kids making minimum wage
    working on my ride. BAD combination.

    Phil Marshall, May 7, 2006
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    Body Roll Guest

    I think there is at least two types of windshield washer fluid. The
    type that is sold in
    the Cal lowlands has a freezing point of about 32F (or so the bottle
    and the type sold in the places where it snows is antifreeze based and
    the claim on
    the bottle is -20F and up. I think it's your responsibility to put the
    correct washer fluid into
    the car. I run 32F stuff in the car that does not go into the low temp
    areas because I don't
    think the antifreeze based winshield washer fluid is terribly good for
    the environment.
    Body Roll, May 8, 2006
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    shopsis Guest

    The antifreeze in windshield washer fluid is methanol. Poisonous if
    you drink it in quantity, but it evaporates readily and is not,
    therefore, harmful to groundwater or to animals. When I add my own, I
    always use the -20 or -30 stuff. At the quick oil change places, the
    staff fills your windshield washer tank without asking, and if they
    fill it with stuff that freezes, as they did with me, you can be in big

    After this happened, I asked specifically what the protection level was
    of the stuff they added, and they said -30. The next time the
    temperature dropped to +15, it forze solid.
    shopsis, May 8, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    A friend of mine was a manager at a Jiffy Lube. He kept bragging about how
    much he was making in commissions by talking people into using Mobile 1, and
    who knows what they actually put in there.
    Sheldon, May 9, 2006
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    lkreh Guest

    yawn...plenty of unscrupulous dealers doing the same thing. Been going
    to Jiffy Lube for 20 years without a single problem.
    lkreh, May 10, 2006
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    newsreader Guest

    Ya right! What the poster isn't telling is that they probably work in the
    corporate offices. So ok, maybe they have been going to (work at)
    Jiffy Screws-ya for twenty years.

    newsreader, May 10, 2006
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    lkreh Guest

    Guess again. I take my Outback to the dealer for everything but oil
    changes. It's a big inconvenience to drive all the way to a dealer for
    that...so I go to Jiffy Lube, as I did with my previous cars. NEVER
    had a problem with Jiffy Lube. I don't speak for everyone, but neither
    does the original poster.

    lkreh, May 10, 2006
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    It appears that the Jiffy lube company does not have much of a
    requirement for their service people. That being said you are lucky to
    have found a good one that a least hired someone who does a reasonable
    job. In my town of Cape Coral FL we were not so fortunate. Ed
    Edward Hayes, May 10, 2006
  15. And even IF there were someone working at a Jiffy lube that did a decent
    job, what are the odds that they would be there next month, let alone next
    year. Jiffy lube 'Techs' are paid crap. That doesn't speak well for
    keeping quality minded folks around.

    On the other hand the I know many people at my Subie dealer that are still
    working there from the time we got our 1997 Outback.

    Phil Marshall, May 11, 2006
  16. The original post, a news story, documented the findings of a local
    news agency that 5 out of 9 Jiffy Lube were cheating customers.

    That speaks volumes in MY book.

    Phil Marshall, May 11, 2006
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