It is a Bad Idea to leave the oil change in your car to four times later than it’s ‘susposed’ to be. For one, the fellows at the oil change place give you that look. You do so too know that look.
Okay, well, if you’re a fella, you might not know that look. It kind of goes like this:
Oh. Um. right.
Well, it’s that very patronising and annoying “[VISIBLE SIGH]Women drivers….” look.
And it makes me rather peevish, because it has nothing to do with my being a woman. In fact, the only reason I didn’t change my own damned oil is because I’ve nowhere to put the effluent. But, the fact remains I was 20,000 klicks over the ‘we really really REALLY recommend you change your oil’ point. And I discovered that if you leave it that long, your car begins to sound like a diesel. Which is fine if you’re driving a diesel, but not so good if you’re driving a gasoline engine.
Oil’s changed, spark plugs checked and cleaned, engine flushed, fuel lines flushed, fuel filter changed, air filter changed, new wiper blades (the old ones were shameful), and newspaper read while I waited. My car now sounds like it ought to.