Do-it-yourself-oil-change around Whitehorse?

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  1. Gubi

    Gubi Currently Travelling in America :D

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    Hi guys,

    I'm searching a place around Whitehorse to do my oil-change. I need more tools than I have with me and two containers for the oil ;).

    Do you know a place? Thank you for any advise.

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    Pascal

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    I'm a Swiss guy and travelling with my Yamaha XT 660 Z Tenere in America. Started in June in Toronto, Currently I'm staying in Inuvik and my next plan is going to Mexico.
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  2. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    I've always just ridden around until I find a mom n pop auto shop and walk in to ask. Never been turned down. Even in mexico when I didn't know how to ask for a drain pan....
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  3. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    Buy a cheap disposable drain pan at Canadian Tire/Wallmart and do your oil change in a quiet area of the parking lot. Collect your used oil and take it to a recycler.

    If anyone comes around explain you got a "sudden unexpected oil leak" from a failing filter and had no choice but to stop and take care of it. Tell 'em how lucky you felt that it happened near a store that could help you out. At that point they will be more interested in your plight as a world travelling motorcycle rider than what you are doing.
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  4. sturgeon

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    Why would you need to make up an oil leak story? I see people servicing their vehicles in Can Tire parking lots all the time. I once changed an upper rad hose on a Honda Accord (porcupine attack) at a beer store. The only thing anyone offered me was a cold one. :lol3:lol3

    And people live in their RVs at Wally World :deal
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  5. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    Not everyone likes people setting up shop in their parking areas. Depending on the demeanor of the person asking the question, a little white lie about an emergency oil change will be accepted better.

    Didn't think I'd have to explain that.
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  6. Fishenough

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    As someone with a bike in Whitehorse all summer I will second doing your oil change in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

    Picture of this July's Wal-Mart campground[​IMG]

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  7. Commuter Boy

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    The Walmart in Whitehorse has a service dept. You can recycle your oil with them.

    I did a bunch of these on my last trip through the US. Buy a plastic oil funnel: $1.99. Aluminum pan $3.00. Gallon of Rotella $25.00. Walk out to where I parked in front of the service dept side of the building, change oil, fill, walk over to service dept. with used oil, they dispose of, check oil level again, drive away.
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  8. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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    That might take awhile. No oil recycler here. Twice a year you can take it to a environmental cleanup station.


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  9. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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    Are you simply looking for a garage and a few simple tools to do an oil change?

    Any idea when you will be here?

    I have a garage. I work shift work though so getting a time to meet might be harder.

    Send me a PM with your answers.

    I would love to see a 660 Tenere.


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  10. edwin

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    that's a sad pic of wally-world....
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  11. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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    Some spend weeks/months living there.
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  12. Gubi

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    Hi guys,

    Thank you for all your tips. I didn't know that you can recycle your oil in the Walmart service dept. I will be prepare for my next oil change in the states :)

    @northen
    I will write you a pm, when I'm in the near of Whitehorse (I think it will be at the weekend there)...
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  13. BlindPew

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    Gubi, there is one of those 1/2 hr lube places in Whitehorse called "Evergreen" something or other. Great folks. They will give you everything you need to change that oil and dispose of it as well. If you are packing oil all the better, if not just go to Canuck Tire and they have lots. Even Amsoil in various weights. I've used them a couple of times and they don't ask you to pay. Have a great ride.
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  14. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    I actually graduated from High School in Whitehorse in 1978. The entire population of the Yukon was around 15,000 back then and 12,000 of that lived in Whitehorse. It was a small, isolated "City" and you had to like the outdoors life to live there.

    Going back on my bike to visit again a couple of years ago, the place has grown significantly with a lot more amenities than it used to have. Yes it's still small, but it's come a long way. Mountain Biking has ridden the coattails of cross country skiing and added to the diversity of the area. It's still isolated, but the people can make up for that.
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  15. BradventureRider

    BradventureRider Power to rip yer bloody arms off!!!

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    Hi Gubi

    I'm from Australia and I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the town of Whitehorse late January this year. As ToothDocJay said, "It's isolated, but the people can make up for that". I couldn't agree more, everyone we met there was very friendly and helpful, pretty much the same sort of spirit in smaller towns we have here in Oz.

    Take Northern up on his offer to use his garage. We had the pleasure of meeting him and Mrs Northern and son when we went to Whitehorse. They are very nice people and we all had a great time exchanging stories over one or two beverages.:-)

    All the best with your travels and stay safe.

    Cheers
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  16. northern

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    Brad, thanks for the great reference.

    Oil change is completed. Neat to meet people from around the globe. Guy I even let my son take the XT660 out for a ride after the oil change. Sounds like Gubi is on a great adventure.

    Blaine.


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  17. Gubi

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    Thank you Blaine for your garage and your tools. Hope your son enjoyed the ride :). It was nice to meet you. Have a good time.
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    BradventureRider Power to rip yer bloody arms off!!!

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    Hi Blaine

    Cheers, no worries. Glad you could help out a fellow traveller, I'd be happy to do the same.

    Nice of Gubi to let your young bloke take his bike for a spin and yeah I'm a fair bit jealous about his adventure.

    These messages just reminded me to send you some pics of that rally we went to, I'll send them onto your email soon.

    Cheers
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    I've spent a few nights in Wally-Mart parking lots. It's extremely convenient when trying to make time hauling a camper, and makes it really easy to do some stuff in town, rather than driving in from a campground.

    Last summer I was joking with my wife that it would make a great travel article to travel across the country camping in Walmart parking lots the entire way.

    Now that is sad.
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    Did mine June 2016 in Homer Alaska campground with homemade drain pan/funnel. Got the empty jugs from trash can. Didn't spill a drop. Poured used oil into another empty oil jug and gave to mechanic shop for disposal.
    6 week Solo ride from Oregon to Homer and return. Lots of ocean fishing while in Homer. Shipped fish home via standby air freight.
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