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Old 09-22-2012, 12:29 PM   #86
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Am I the only one who checks the dip stick AFTER the oil change?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #87
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Awesome write up! Anyone know if the old filter drips too bad on the way out? Just wondering if I should lay some rags around the canister when I'm removing it...
Its really not messy, but have a rag handy for little drips. I just did mine again Saturday.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #88
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Great job!! Very detailed!!!
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:20 AM   #89
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what happens if i torque the oil filter housing wrong?
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:05 PM   #90
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what happens if i torque the oil filter housing wrong?
if its too lose....it could leak......if you get it too tight, it could be hard to get off. Personally, I don't "TORQUE" mine, I just hand tighten it with a wrench, and I've never had a problem.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:09 AM   #91
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Alright. I will hand tighten.

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if its too lose....it could leak......if you get it too tight, it could be hard to get off. Personally, I don't "TORQUE" mine, I just hand tighten it with a wrench, and I've never had a problem.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:12 AM   #92
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Alright. I will hand tighten.
Just so ya know, look at the top of your filter housing. on its top, molded into it is the torque value, 25 Km which is 18.5 ft-lbs. So thats not real tight....just to get you a reference as how tight to get it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #93
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I just want to ask if its worth the money to have full synthetic oil such as mobil 1 on a V6, I haven't changed my oil yet, and my camaro's agency is saying that only delphi is GM certified, so by not filling my Camaro with delphi I might void the warranty!! So I just want to know if having mobil 1 worth arguing my agency abt it? FYI, I must change my Oil every 6213 miles at the agency not to void the warranty. (It just feels right to me to change the oil after 1800 miles)
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #94
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I just want to ask if its worth the money to have full synthetic oil such as mobil 1 on a V6, I haven't changed my oil yet, and my camaro's agency is saying that only delphi is GM certified, so by not filling my Camaro with delphi I might void the warranty!! So I just want to know if having mobil 1 worth arguing my agency abt it? FYI, I must change my Oil every 6213 miles at the agency not to void the warranty. (It just feels right to me to change the oil after 1800 miles)
Around here Mobil 1 full synthetic is pretty affordable. Synthetic is definitely recommended. Actually, the Camaro calls for 'Dexos' approved oil and Mobil 1 is 'Dexos' approved right on the front of the bottle. No worries. Heck, Mobil 1 is (or used to be) the factory oil on many or all GM vehicles.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #95
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Excellent write up! Just used for reference in completing my first self-oil change EVER! Thanks a ton!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:10 PM   #96
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I spilled the crap out of my oil the first time. The drain plug is at an angle and it shot out almost horizontal when I removed the plug.

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Just fyi....
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:07 AM   #97
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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.
I worked at a Jiffy Lube for 3 years while I was in high school and part of college, in all that time we had our share of incidents, but nothing worse that what a dealer or any other shop sees. Most could be attributed to problems that had been long standing. Non-sealed battery came in dry and blew up when we turned the key (well, blew a vent cap, but it sounded like an honest to god explosion), car came in with a spark plug hanging from the plug wire and tried to blame it on us, that sort of thing.

We only ever had a single incident that involved a motor replacement, which was attributed to a bad batch of filters with incorrectly machined threads (filter came loose while driving and yeah... that ended badly...)

Did everything go exactly by the book 100% of the time? Definitely not, but I'd wager a guess that we were no worse than a dealer or any other shop.

Oh, and about the whole looking up skirts through the grate thing? Totally true.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:06 PM   #98
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Just changed my oil today using this write up. Made my life so much easier. If I hadn't had it, I would have found out half way through the process that I did not have the correct socket for the oil filter. Thank you much.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:07 PM   #99
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Thanks for the great write up. My Firehawk has an LS1 engine, and I was expecting this oil change to be similar. I came here to check, and I'm glad I did.

I'd like to make a couple of comments. My old car was a Porsche Boxster, 1999. Those cars had some serious design flaws related to oiling. As a result, a lot of testing and research was done by a few good Porsche repair shops (independant). The consensus was overwhelmingly that the best synthetic oil to use is Castrol with Syntec (black bottle). Mobil 1 used to be the best, but a long time ago, they changed the formula. It is now mediocre. The new formula saves them money, but doesn't change the price. Stuff like Royal Purple and Amsoil can be good, but tend to be very inconsistent in their makeup. I now only use Castrol with Syntec.

I also use some aluminum tape to tape an old hard drive magnet (rare earth magnet) to the side of my oil filter housings. This is a road racer trick. It helps trap any metal bits that may be in the oil, and makes it pretty obvious when abnormal wear goes on.

Thanks again for the write-up. Off to change the oil and wash the car for the first time.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:50 PM   #100
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I helped my buddy change the oil on his 2012, these instructions look solid, good job.

If it helps anyone, heres an article we put together on HowTune: 2012 v6 Camaro Oil Change Guide
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:29 AM   #101
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Great instructions with many helpful photos.

I posted yesterday that I could not remove the oil filter housing. I believe that either the dealer, who did the last oil change, either tightened it too much or forgot to put in the O-ring. Anyway, we're going back to the dealer this week to get him to change the oil and not ultra-tighten the housing this time.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:30 PM   #102
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For future reference, the V-6 oil filter housing cap o-ring is GM# 12577653, same # AC Delco. They can be expensive @ a local chevy dealer, I got 3 off ebay for $4.63 each delivered to my door.
The AC Delco oil filter PF2129 is made in the good ole USA.
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