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Old 10-06-2009, 12:40 AM   #1
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dealer said no oil change at 1500 needed

Dealer told me wait til the oil change light comes on
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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Very debateable. All I can say is "you can never change you oil too often"!
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:18 AM   #3
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If ya go by oil life computer I still have 70% left with 2k miles
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:12 AM   #4
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My dealer told me it was too early too. Sorry! Change it anyway. I wanted to be sure all the metal shavings were out like everyone else.
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:57 AM   #5
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Isn't there special break in oil from factory in there?
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:57 AM   #6
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Is this the same one who only puts 6 qts in on a 8 qt change ?
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:51 AM   #7
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:26 AM   #8
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Very debateable. All I can say is "you can never change you oil too often"!
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:17 AM   #9
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I was also told the same thing by the dealership...
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:27 AM   #10
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Cheap insurance & piece of mind! I'm VERY glad I did it around 1200 miles and took out the first batch of metal shavings...
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:23 AM   #11
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I dont care what the dealer says. Anytime ive dynoed our race engines for years we do three oil changes on the dyno and get shavings out. So i will change with regular oil at 500, 1000, 1500. Then every 3000 with synthetic Royal Purple from now on. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Oil is a small price to pay for your engine.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:01 AM   #12
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I changed mine after 30 miles of hard accelerations.
I will change it again after 500 miles (today likely).
Oil changes are cheap.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:06 AM   #13
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Dealer told me wait til the oil change light comes on
Good info , because the dealer is allways right
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:44 PM   #14
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changed mine at 550 and im going to do it again at 1500
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:45 PM   #15
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Very debateable. All I can say is "you can never change you oil too often"!
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:53 PM   #16
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Dealer also says you should pay over MSRP for a Camaro.....I caught a catastrophe happening in a 396 I built due to faulty cam bearings, caught it early at the 500 mile non detergent oil change and saved a $3500 build!
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:27 AM   #17
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Dealer told me wait til the oil change light comes on
There must be something in the air today. Today I was told the same thing. Well after a while the salesman told me the first oil change is free! Great I said guess I will see you in a week or two....He looked at me kinda funny . Like your serious aren't you? Darn straight I am...
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:30 AM   #18
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He would tell you that.
It's how they're trained.

Professional racers, engine-builders, etc recommend you do the first oil change early.
This is to clean out off the fine metal particles collected while the rings seat themselves. After that, you can change your oil according to the Oil Life Monitor, like the dealer said -- and you'll be fine.

Sooch is right -- it won't hurt ANYTHING to change it early. (except maybe your wallet)
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:28 AM   #19
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You can change your oil every day, and the only thing that would be damaged is the threads on the drain plug. You can let fine particles float around your engine untill the dealer says it is time to change, I prefer not to.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:43 PM   #20
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Cheap insurance & piece of mind! I'm VERY glad I did it around 1200 miles and took out the first batch of metal shavings...
Did Chevrolet forget to put an oil filter on your engine? If there were metal shaving in the oil the filter would remove them.

You can change your oil ever 500 miles but that is not going to make it run any better or last any longer than if you changed it every 5,000 miles.

There is a very good chance the oil you are removing is better even with 5,000 miles on it than the oil you are replacing it with.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:21 PM   #21
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Did Chevrolet forget to put an oil filter on your engine? If there were metal shaving in the oil the filter would remove them.

You can change your oil ever 500 miles but that is not going to make it run any better or last any longer than if you changed it every 5,000 miles.

There is a very good chance the oil you are removing is better even with 5,000 miles on it than the oil you are replacing it with.
I agree. The filter is there for a reason. Let it do it's job. My dealer and mechanic both said you are wasting money changing it so soon.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:11 PM   #22
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This isn't 1965, oil is better, oil filters are better. Any shavings should end up in the oil filter. I don't get all this talk of shavings on the dipstick and in the oil drained out of the crankcase. Cut your used filter open if you want to see what's going on. I am still undecided on when I will do my first oil change.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:16 AM   #23
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Oil is better and filters are better but you still generate a lot of metal during break in. No filter is 100% efficent and particles way smaller than the size of a hair can begin doing damage to your engine. Less than a spoon full of sand can ruin a 55 gallon drum of oil. It doesn't hurt anything to change your oil early for prevention besides the 50 bucks or so for the oil and filter. But it is still all a judgement call on the person. Just make sure you whatever you need to do to not void GM's Warranty. I know for certain I'm gonna pay an extra $10 dollars or so to have my oil sent to an oil lab at every oil change to have for record purpose and for early prevention.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:18 AM   #24
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Another thing to think about is that oil sold on the shelves is not even considered clean by most engine and machine manufacturers. They want you to kidney loop filter with cleanout filter before you even install in an engine or transmission.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:23 AM   #25
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You just paid close to 40000 dollars for a new car. Change the oil. Your dealer is an idiot. Clean oil is the cheapest thing you can buy. Yes, oil is better now and so are filters but why take the chance over the cost of an early oil change.
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