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Old 07-23-2010, 07:09 AM   #26
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This was great. I used it and changed the oil in my car, for the first time in my life, and I am no spring chicken.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:49 AM   #27
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$15.95 at a local chevy dealer!..(hot damn!) why mess with it?
Why mess with it? Because at the Dealer the lowest man on the totem pole does oil changes.
He may:
Put the wrong oil in.
Cross tread the plug.
Put only 5 qts in.
Use the wrong oil.
Take your car out for a spin, etc etc.
Lots of reasons to do it yourself the right way.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:30 AM   #28
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Ever watch the local chevy dealer do and oil change? How about using channel locks where a wrench should be used for one.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:31 AM   #29
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I am not saying they all do this. Some mechanics or service people are very concerned about the work they do and do it well.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:06 AM   #30
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Thanks for the detailed info! I used to change my own oil years ago, but was a little intimidated doing it on this car. Changed the oil yesterday and it really was very easy.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:35 AM   #31
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i watched jiffy lube do mine the other day... seems they do an efficient job when you stand there watch them. I've been changing my own oil for years I'm going to keep a paper trail as long as i'm under warranty though. Just my preference.... this is very good info to know though! good post
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:13 AM   #32
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Why mess with it? Because at the Dealer the lowest man on the totem pole does oil changes.
He may:
Put the wrong oil in.
Cross tread the plug.
Put only 5 qts in.
Use the wrong oil.
Take your car out for a spin, etc etc.
Lots of reasons to do it yourself the right way.

And in some cases, they might just forget to put the oil in altogether! The "spin" is what concerns me, plus the time taking it to the dealer, the waiting, the mechanic eating the last Twix bar out of the machine...
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:17 AM   #33
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i watched jiffy lube do mine the other day... seems they do an efficient job when you stand there watch them. I've been changing my own oil for years I'm going to keep a paper trail as long as i'm under warranty though. Just my preference.... this is very good info to know though! good post

My ex worked at Jiffy Loob and they bought an average of one new engine a month, mostly because the parolees they hired would forget to tighten the drain plug or forget to put in the oil. Probably because they were busy looking up skirts through the grate.
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:35 AM   #34
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If you go to Napa website,, it shows you a pict of their oil filter 7090 for the v6 camaro, and it comes with the O-ring..and also has a pict of it...so if no O-Ring in the box..then before you leave the store..get another with the o-ring,,,better safe then sorry to keep your ride running good.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:30 AM   #35
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My ex worked at Jiffy Loob and they bought an average of one new engine a month, mostly because the parolees they hired would forget to tighten the drain plug or forget to put in the oil. Probably because they were busy looking up skirts through the grate.
Are you implying that your "ex" is a parollee?
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:47 PM   #36
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Excellent Directions!

Thanks for the post - did my first oil change and your directions were spot-on! Best regards. 1Gator
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:59 PM   #37
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Did my second change--I cheated and pulled up this thread for easy reference
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:57 PM   #38
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My ex worked at Jiffy Loob and they bought an average of one new engine a month, mostly because the parolees they hired would forget to tighten the drain plug or forget to put in the oil. Probably because they were busy looking up skirts through the grate.
Back when I had my truck the idiot forgot to put oil in after he was done draining it and stupid me wasn't paying attention when I was leaving and my engine seized. Well, I got a new engine out of it haha.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:48 AM   #39
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2011 Camero Oil Change

With the oil filter now on top of the engine, thinking of doing oil changes myself. Thinking of the Liquivac Topside Oil Changer available from Amazon. Uses the dipstick tube for access. Would appreciate any comments, suggestions, advice. etc.
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:09 PM   #40
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Great instructions on the oil & filter change. Maybe I don't take it serious enough but I've changed my oil myself for almost 40 years and I've never used a torque wrench, just a regular wrench and a little "feel" for what is tight but not over tight. The new v6 filter set up is great. It seemed to get tight all at once. The torque wrench would be great but not absolutely needed. Never had any problems yet. I did not replace the O ring but we will need to at some point. I have not read anything difinitive on that yet. Some filters come with one others don't. I am interested in hearing what you all think about the frequency of changing the O ring in the filter cap.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #41
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i actually filled the oil back up through the oil filter housing before i put the filter back it, i couldnt find my funnel lol lol
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:22 AM   #42
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Great instructions on the oil & filter change. Maybe I don't take it serious enough but I've changed my oil myself for almost 40 years and I've never used a torque wrench, just a regular wrench and a little "feel" for what is tight but not over tight. The new v6 filter set up is great. It seemed to get tight all at once. The torque wrench would be great but not absolutely needed. Never had any problems yet. I did not replace the O ring but we will need to at some point. I have not read anything difinitive on that yet. Some filters come with one others don't. I am interested in hearing what you all think about the frequency of changing the O ring in the filter cap.
Yep, torquing is new to me too for oil changes-my old oil filter had the "turn 1 1/2 after touches." I do torque the new one-just in case since it actually has it on the housing .
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:38 AM   #43
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Why mess with it? Because at the Dealer the lowest man on the totem pole does oil changes.
He may:
Put the wrong oil in.
Cross tread the plug.
Put only 5 qts in.
Use the wrong oil.
Take your car out for a spin, etc etc.
Lots of reasons to do it yourself the right way.
i hear ya!,,but ya can't be paranoid!..what you say is true at a wally mart.however even though it CAN happen at a chevy dealer,it wont happen at
the chevy dealer i use!..they have only top shelf mechanics!..no lube boys!,and i watch 'em very closely!...for $15.99
the "deal" is basically a "loss" leader,and a marketing ploy to get the car up on a lift,and find OTHER things wrong with it,OR that require further attention!

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Old 10-25-2010, 12:39 AM   #44
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I am not saying they all do this. Some mechanics or service people are very concerned about the work they do and do it well.
i agree!..not everyone's a f**king idiot!..ya gotta find the right one!..is all!
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:42 AM   #45
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i watched jiffy lube do mine the other day... seems they do an efficient job when you stand there watch them. I've been changing my own oil for years I'm going to keep a paper trail as long as i'm under warranty though. Just my preference.... this is very good info to know though! good post
exactly my sentiments!..paper trail until the warranty's gone!
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:16 PM   #46
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Great illustrations and instructions ... looks like GM took a step back to the fifties or earlier when the oil filter was of a similar design; it sat in a pot on the top side of the engine.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:15 AM   #47
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how do you reset the oil(ols) gauge to 100% again after?
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:31 AM   #48
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Change you DIC to read oil life %. Then press the center button. It will ask you if you want to reset your oil reading.

From the manual:

Remaining Oil Life
This display shows an estimate
of the oil’s remaining useful life.
If Remaining Oil Life 99% is
displayed, that means 99% of
the current oil life remains.
When the remaining oil life is low,
the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message will appear on the


display. See
Engine Oil Messages
on page 4-32

. The oil should
changed as soon as possible.
See

Engine Oil on page 9-10.
In addition to the engine oil life
system monitoring the oil life,
additional maintenance is
recommended in the Maintenance
Schedule in this manual.
See

Scheduled Maintenance on
page 10-2

for more information.
Remember, the Oil Life display
must be reset after each oil change.
It will not reset itself. Also, be
careful not to reset the Oil Life
display accidentally at any time
other than when the oil has
just been changed. It cannot be
reset accurately until the next
oil change. To reset the engine oil
life system press the SET button
while the Oil Life display is active.
See

Engine Oil Life System on
page 9-13
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:12 PM   #49
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Thanks azamazonqueen for this DIY. My car is just about due for it's first oil change.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:38 PM   #50
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Just completed the first oil change on my 2011 v6! very fun, great guide. Kind of tough to get leverage on my big torque wrench on that oil pan nut beneath the car, but other than that it was smooth sailing.
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