As much as I tend to agree with you, you miss out the parts I hate:
- Wiping/cleaning up hands & arms from spurting oil when removing the drain plug (and/or from rooting around in the oil pan to find the drain plug you dropped)
- Wiping/cleaning up spilt oil from the ground and/or newspapers used to catch the spill when draining
- Trying to drain the full oil catch pan into old oil or milk containers without spilling any (then back to #2)
- Cleaning the catch pan from remaining oil and funnels used in #3.
- Driving 20mins (and back) to the local disposal and then emptying oil into bulk containers (then back to cleaning as #1).
Ugh. I really HATE those parts.
I can do an oil change on any of my vehicles without getting dirty. It’s all about thinking 2 steps ahead.
Taking the drain plug off? Just finish it with 1 finger and let it sink into the pan, it takes literally 30 seconds to wipe it down and clean it up.
Removing the oil filter? Once it’s loose, use a red solo cup to finish unscrewing it and you catch all the oil inside the cup along with the filter.
Taking the oil back? I just store it in my garage and by the time I have 15 qts I take it all in 1 trip. ( I pour it all back into the 5qt jugs)
Don’t want to clean the floor? Easy put a giant piece of cardboard down. Usually I either have one from Amazon packages or from Costco.
Going to the dealer and wasting time sucks. I’ll grab the $40 savings and take the wife out to a nice dinner.
Forgot to add, I grab the drain plug out of the pan while using disposable gloves after the drain process is complete, then I just toss them out and slap on a fresh set.