Oil Change Required

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132021

The last time I drove my Mustang I got a message on the dashboard that an oil change was required. This surprised me because even though I bought the car in November of 2018, it still only has 1,150 miles on it. So how could it possibly need an oil change?

I had a few errands to run yesterday, including dropping off some paperwork at an attorney’s office for an upcoming telephone consultation on Monday about making our wills and possibly setting up a family trust. I decided that since I was out and about, I would run by Mullinax Ford and ask their service department about that or if there was some kind of error causing the message. I was surprised when they told me that even if the car is not driven much, the oil can break down over time. So I guess I will be making an appointment to get that done, too.

Of course since I was already there, I had to spend some time looking at trucks and Expeditions. I am not one to buy things on impulse, I do a lot of research ahead of time and once I make a decision I don’t cut corners or compromise. If I’m going to get a new pickup, it will be an F-150 Lariat, and they don’t have any in stock. But they did have a brand-new crew cab (four-door) Lariat that had just arrived as a special order for a customer. Though I couldn’t drive it, obviously, the salesman did open it up and let me check it out. It’s the first time I’ve actually been in one of the new models, and I’m definitely sold.

However, since our daughter Tiffany insists that instead of the pickup, I need to buy Terry an Expedition, I spent some time looking at those as well. One Expedition they have in stock is a King Ranch model, which is about the top-of-the-line, but it had too much in the way of adornment for my taste. But they had several others that were definitely nice. I may have to drag Terry down there and get her to drive one. Then again, if I do that, I might not get a pickup after all!

We have a 5-gallon propane tank left over from our RV days that we now use on our stainless steel barbecue grill. I didn’t know how much gas was left in the tank, but I wanted to get it filled up, so I took it with me yesterday. I was driving the Explorer, and we have a bar with a heavy-duty net stretched across the back of the cargo area to keep groceries and such in place. I put the propane tank back there, figuring it would stay put, but I was wrong. At some point, it rolled under the bar, snagging the net by the carrying handle in the process. After that, every time I turned a corner, it tangled itself in the net more and more. It took a little bit of time, a whole bunch of aggravation, and some words that my mama would be ashamed of me for even knowing before I got it eventually untangled and was able to get the tank refilled. I found a different way of carrying it on the way home.

The annual Daytona Beach Bike Week ends on Sunday, and there are motorcycles everywhere around here. Having ridden my share of miles on two wheels, I am very conscious of motorcycles and try to drive in such a way as to avoid any danger to them. But I swear, some of those fools must love tempting fate. Twice yesterday I had bikers pull out of parking lots directly in front of me, and if I wasn’t paying attention, there would have been a collision for sure. I also saw three of them racing down US Highway 1, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off cars, almost asking to get themselves in trouble.

Every year two or three bikers get killed during this event, which is tragic. I think there have been three fatalities so far this week, and I hope there are no more. I know we are all supposed to share the road, but some of the bikers need to share some responsibility and use common sense, too. We’re not talking about kids hyped up on adrenaline and testosterone, we’re talking about people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older who should know better. I hope they all make it home safely.

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  8 Responses to “Oil Change Required”

  1. Buy the Lariet, Nick. It’s a very nice truck.

  2. You are full of shit Nick Russell!!!! ANYTIME there is a car vs motorcycle accident it IS the car drivers fault just like in a car vs pedestrian accident. The driver of the car has a responsibility to always be aware and avoid accidents happening. He is surrounded by tons of steel and a seatbelt and an airbag. What does the poor biker have to protect himself? Nothing! If you are so old and blind that you can’t see a motorcycle stay off the road and save a life! I have lost a brother and a good friend who were hit by cars when riding their bikes. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  3. For people wanting to learn more about buying an RV, I would recommend theflippingnomad.com ( she’s also on Instagram ). She has an excellent free buyers guide and is also starting a reasonably priced class for beginners and current rv owners, covering a variety of topics including solar. I am not affiliated with her in any way, just think she has great helpful information.

  4. Pamela, I am sorry for your losses as I am sure Nick is as well. But your comment is not realistic. I lost my father in a motorcycle accident when I was 12. He and some buddies were drinking and playing pool and then he got on his bike to go home. He was going way too fast and came around a curve, went wide into the oncoming lane and hit a car going in the opposite direction. He died instantly and the driver of the car died two days later. How was that her fault? Yes there are careless drivers on the road just as there are careless bikers. No one group is always at fault or always blameless.

  5. Pamela, I rode a motorcycle for many years (over 100k miles and a third of that as a solo female rider). I completely disagree – motorcyclists are taught to be aware of everything around them, look for escape routes, and drive within their own capabilities. Many do, but there are always some that don’t. I come from a riding family and my brother just had a horrific motorcycle accident – and it was his fault. It happens. Everyone who rides OR drives should be more aware of what is going on around them and drive defensively.

  6. If you got the Lariat Crew Cab you wouldn’t need the Explorer. We’ve had Three, F 150, F 250 and now the F 350 Dually. Love them all.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  7. That’s the plan, Richard. Replace the 2005 Explorer and 1999 F-150 with a new Lariat SuperCab. Don’t need the Crew Cab because we seldom have anyone ride with us, and if we do we have the van.

  8. You should give serious thought to a King Ranch. The leather on thosse seats is so much better than the leather on any other vehicle. Besides, you’ve reached the age you are passed buying what you need. It is time to get what you want. Buy a King Ranch whatever. You won’t be sorry.


    PS: I’ve owned two of them.

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