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Old 05-06-2012, 09:35 AM   #155
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I'm changing the oil for the first time tomorrow and I have 2 quick questions. Do I need to buy a new gasket for the oil pan plug? And I have a "big" jug of oil and 3 1 litre jugs. I thought I was good to go until I noticed the big jug isn't 5 litres, only 4.4. I need to get another 1 litre jug, don't I? And just store the 1/2 litre or so until the next oil change. Thanks.
I was wondering the same thing, and the consensus was that you don't need a new plug. Just be sure not to overtighten it when you put it back in.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220225

You need 8 quarts, which is 7.57 liters
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:44 PM   #156
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #157
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Just got my Gold Plug AP-04 and it came with two washers. I am hoping one does the trick and the other is for the next change?

I do have to say I have used the same washer many times on other cars and never noticed a leak. One time I left it off as it fell in the hot oil and I didn't feel like fishing it out and still no leaks. I did put it back the next time though...
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:43 PM   #158
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Not sure about the two washers.

I did end up re-using the stock plug, and absolutely no problems so far. Tightened it to 18 ft-lbs with a tq wrench.

As a side note, I did find an oil leak, but it had nothing to do with my oil change. Turns out it was the infamous rear main seal leak Dealer fixed though, and it is good to go.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:59 PM   #159
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Hey there E.T.

What a coincidence, I was born and raised in Cleveland, later in Bedford. Left for Oregon in 97 but return to visit from time to time.

Two great things about Oregon: No sales tax and no salt on the roads! You can buy quality old steel out here cheap!
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:07 AM   #160
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Hey there E.T.

What a coincidence, I was born and raised in Cleveland, later in Bedford. Left for Oregon in 97 but return to visit from time to time.

Two great things about Oregon: No sales tax and no salt on the roads! You can buy quality old steel out here cheap!
Cool. I'm on the west side, but head east once in a while for work. Those sound like some good reasons to live in Oregon. Don't you miss the lovely Cleveland weather, though??
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Funny how we bought the same car huh,..........I think not.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:23 AM   #162
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So I couldn't get the original filter off and couldn't find the right filter wrench for the factory filter. I ended up adding my drain valve, skip shift eliminator, and changing just the oil itself since i'm early on the change anyway.

What size should I buy?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #163
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Are you asking what size wrench to buy?
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Yes. Although I understand it's different for the original vs the replacement filters available.
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To tell the truth, when I went to remove the original filter, I discovered my wrench was too big. So I used the stick-a-screwdriver-in-it-and-turn method. It was on extremely tight from the factory. I replaced it with a Mobil1 filter and I have a wrench that fits that one. I'll post more info when I get home if someone doesn't beat me to it.
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To tell the truth, when I went to remove the original filter, I discovered my wrench was too big. So I used the stick-a-screwdriver-in-it-and-turn method. It was on extremely tight from the factory. I replaced it with a Mobil1 filter and I have a wrench that fits that one. I'll post more info when I get home if someone doesn't beat me to it.
Exactly the problem I had. I fit it at the store to the appropriate filter but now I know that doesn't work with the original installed at the factory.

I did buy a K&N filter with removal bolt on the head for future changes.
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Read the first post of this thread before you tackle an oil change on your SS. My comments here focus on adub's step #4.

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4. Start draining the oil into the tub. Once it is at a drip, drain the filter. Here is a tip: drain the filter by punching a hole into the bottom of it using a small nail and a hammer. I neglected to do this and it turned into a big mess. It will be a much cleaner removal of the filter with all of the oil out of the canister. Also, do not use the wrench that I used to remove the filter. Use a filter top tool that can be put on a socket wrench. It goes over the top of the filter and makes it easy to unscrew with the wrench. The one you see in my first picture that I used is very cumbersome underneath the car and is hard to use due to the placement of the cats. Once the oil was completely drained, I actually ran another quart of clean oil through to get the last of the dirty oil out. I noticed a huge change in the color of the oil once the new stuff got to the bottom of the pan. Doing this for sure cleaned out the rest of the crud that may have been stuck in there.
Great tips here for changing oil. especially #4 regarding the filter. If you think you can remove the oil filter without dripping, you are wrong. There is a significant amount of oil in a sump above the filter that hold at least as much oil as the filter does. The "drain the filter by punching a hole into the bottom of it using a small nail and a hammer" tip is an excellent one.

Also, the use of an oil filter cap wrench is a must. You will have to wrestle with it to use an old-style oil wrench. It's very tight up under there but the Cap Wrench makes it a piece of cake. I got mine at O'Reilley's for about $6, Size B. And by the way, none of the sizes fit the Wix filter I had so I swapped it out for a Phram. Worked GREAT!


Many thanks to adub4185 for this post.
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I added the magnetized oil pan plug and the rare earth magnet around the filter at 2200 miles or so, maybe 2500........changed it last month at a year later, and about 6700 miles. Magnetic plug didn't show ANY particles, not even by chance.

So we took off the filter, being careful to keep it upright and not spill it (not easy when hot oil is spewing all over. We then poured the oil from the filter into a coffee filter and NO particles, again!

I put both magnetic items back as I paid for them but I am sure glad I didn't find anything!
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