A few weeks ago I told you about Motor Oil Matters, and how important it is to make sure the people changing your oil know what they are doing. MOM’s Oil Change Checklist is a great tool in a pdf format, that you can either print out or save on your smartphone to ask your installer important questions, let your installer know that you know what you want and make sure you get it!
Motor Oil Matters gave me the opportunity to get an oil change, and rather than get one myself, I decided to treat my dear, dear friend Rob in for an oil change. Rob was about to make a very long move from northwest Arkansas to Brownsville, Texas; and I spent pretty much every day hanging out with him, so I knew an oil change was needed.
We headed to our local Walmart Tire and Lube center for an oil change. Instead of printing out the MOM checklist, I downloaded thelist in PDF to my smartphone and used it to ask our oil guy the questions.
My big question was about the Viscosity of the oil. The guy at Walmart Tire and Lube was extremely knowledgeable, and told us that the oil they’d be using would match what was on the oil cap in the car.
One thing that concerned me was that I wasn’t sure if the Walmart Tire and Lube Center was not a MOM-licensed installer. I tried using the installer search tool , entered my city and state, and NO results showed up! I hope this isn’t just a site glitch. Walmart is one of the largest provider of oil changers in the nation, so it made my questions a bit more specific than normally. I wanted to make sure that if there was a chance we weren’t going to a licensed provider, we were at least going to a good one.
By the end of my Q&A session with our associate at the Tire and Lube center, I felt confident we were putting Rob’s car into good hands. We got a full oil change, complete with filter. Rob and I left to grab some dinner, and by the time we returned, Rob got his receipt and we were pleased with what was on it – particularly that the filter was replaced, and the oil he received was what his car needed.
So here’s Rob’s car, right before he packed it up and headed to his new job, far, far away. He made it safely to Brownsville and I think we’ve both learned a bit more about what to look for when getting your oil changed! It matters!