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So I am going to need an oil change in the next month or so and I’m not comfortable with my local dealership’s Covid precautions. I have several jiffy lube type and Oil Can Henry type places near me where I can sit in my car. Just wondering how I can use them, can I use their full synthetic oil? Do I need to get my own filter? This is my only option, I could not physically change my own oil. I am older and high risk for Covid.
 

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Understand your concerns.
I'm sure the oil change place will have the proper filter replacement.
Talk to then about the oils they offer. Full syn. is usually more,
I change my own however, but understand it's not an option for everyone.
Good Luck- you, and the Pilot will be Ok.
 

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Some Honda dealers are now offering the option of the pick up and return of your vehicle for service.
There may be an extra fee for that option, or it may be included with the maintenance charges, but perhaps it's worth it for you until this virus situation somehow gets resolved.
Also, check with any local Acura dealers for the availability of similar service and to compare their prices.

I'd try to exhaust the possibly of using that solution before considering going a quick-lube shop.
 

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I perform my own oil changes so I’m not sure this service style is new but Valvoline has been promoting a oil change service while you remain in your car 🚗 which sounds like a decent Covid alternative where they don’t touch the interior of the car. Valvoline makes good synthetic oils so just ask what oil and filter types are offered.
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love to hear about what your local dealers are and aren’t doing to keep you and their own employees safer.

Just had my local Bernardi, give my CRV a service. All facemasked and cleaned prior to returning it to me.I opted to stay rather than drop off.Their turnaround was much quicker than normal.
 

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Do you have a family member or neighbor willing to take it in for the service? I’m sure someone would be happy to help you get your vehicle serviced.
 

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I'd rather have a Honda dealership oil change than a Jiffy Lube. But doing the Jiffy Lube is better than not getting it done.
I have a local tire shop that also does simple maintanance work. I can take my own oil and filter and they would do it for a fee. Wal-Mart will ship oil and filter to your home. You might order in an air filter while your at it. Free shipping on $35 orders.
 

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I’m 66, single, I have health issues which put me at high risk for Covid and I‘m recovering from a broken foot. My dealership does not pickup vehicles for service. I will not wait in a stuffy waiting room for 2 hours while they change my oil. Yes, it takes them that long. I need to go someplace where I can sit in my car while they change my oil. I guess I will try Valvoline. Full synthetic oil and will make sure they have the correct filter.
 

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Makes perfect sense. My 80 plus year old mother and 95 year olds step dad have been isolating at home since March.
 

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When I had my oil change and seasonal tire change this past Spring, I brought one of the folding camping chairs with me to the dealership. I wore a mask and kept my distance when dropping off my vehicle and instead of waiting in the dealer service area I took my chair outside and set it up and waited there. I also took some sanitizer with me so I could sanitize my hands as soon as I left the dealership to wait. I plan to do the same thing when I go back for the upcoming seasonal tire change.
 

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Listen to all of the upsell you have to go through just to get an oil change:

I'd be like, "Why do you have my air filter in your hand? Did I say you could take that out?" 🤨
 
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Listen to all of the upsell you have to go through just to get an oil change:

That looks like pre-Covid times when we could talk to other human beings. In the background the other technician was using a manual speed wrench which I haven’t used in years.
 

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That looks like pre-Covid times when we could talk to other human beings. In the background the other technician was using a manual speed wrench which I haven’t used in years.
That video was posted in September 2019.
Aside from wearing masks and taking other health related other precautions, the process and tools used for the oil change, and so forth, likely haven't changed much in the past year.
 

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Just go to Valvoline or jiffy lube. It’ll be fine. If they were as bad as everyone says they’d be out of business. Dealerships can be just as bad. Or they can be great.
Some of these quick lube places use cheap oil (synthetic blend) and filters. It matters where you go. I'd be ok with the Valvoline oil change place if I couldn'tdo it myself, But they'd know up front.., don't touch the rest of my vehicle.
 
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