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Old 02-20-2014, 12:48 PM   #18
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Yes, Oil Life is the "estimated" life of your oil between changes to give you an esimated idea when to change. I say estimated as your actual oil life and changing will depend on your driving and conditions, i.e. mine is a garage queen and I have 4,000 miles in nearly 3 years of owning it and the Oil Life has never dipped below 90% due to I change it every 5 months or so and reset it.
Thank you. No my Camaro is not a garage queen, and the weather in Pa has been terrible this winter. Snow, sleet, rain, potholes in the roads like minefields, ice. Last winter wasn't bad at all, but my car has been taking a beating weather wise. Not to mention the many scuff's I put on the paint from scraping ice off of it. That's another story. My car is scratched to sht, and I got it in October.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:57 PM   #19
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I didn't think I would need to add any oil yet, I haven't checked to be honest. I was just going by the percentage. I am going to get the oil changed at the dealership probably this weekend. I get 4 years of free oil changes lol.
Sounds like a good deal, I would be in there every month to get an oil change if they were free .
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:00 PM   #20
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Sounds like a good deal, I would be in there every month to get an oil change if they were free .
My dealer does it every 5K miles, for the life of the car. I'm sure they wouldn't be happy doing it every month.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:07 PM   #21
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My dealer does it every 5K miles, for the life of the car.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:07 PM   #22
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Sounds like a good deal, I would be in there every month to get an oil change if they were free .
I know right lol. At least is saves me 30 bucks. And I can take it to the dealership.
Now I have to see if they can put in foglights for me.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:23 PM   #23
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Jeez, doesn't anybody read their owner's manual anymore? You can even download it to your iPad these days.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:39 PM   #24
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Jeez, doesn't anybody read their owner's manual anymore? You can even download it to your iPad these days.
I did, but not thoroughly I guess. Plus I don't have it with me now lol.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #25
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When to change oil is a touchy subject. If you wait until your oil life monitor reads low you need to check your oil level & add as needed or you will damage your engine.
You should check your oil every time you put gas in it, period. Plus, the OEM-specified 8qts is too much oil for the V8 engines. 7qts (right on the add line) is where you want to keep it if you run your car hard. Why? Oil aerates at high RPM with 8qts in the crank case.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:15 PM   #26
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You should check your oil every time you put gas in it, period. Plus, the OEM-specified 8qts is too much oil fir the V8 engines. 7qts (right on the add line) is where you want to keep it if you run your car hard. Why? Oil aerates at high RPM with 8qts in the crank case.

I agree but I run with 7.5 quarts. I've notice this to help with the lifter tick as well.


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Old 02-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #27
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My SS takes a little over 8 quarts to be right at full.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #28
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I agree but I run with 7.5 quarts. I've notice this to help with the lifter tick as well.


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My SS takes a little over 8 quarts to be right at full.
Yes. Point is, you don't want it full if you run your car hard. If not, it won't make any difference.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:23 PM   #30
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You should check your oil every time you put gas in it, period. Plus, the OEM-specified 8qts is too much oil for the V8 engines. 7qts (right on the add line) is where you want to keep it if you run your car hard. Why? Oil aerates at high RPM with 8qts in the crank case.
Can you explain more about this please?
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:26 PM   #31
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That is time to change.
If you have a GM Certified car, you get free oil changes for a year. You will not receive your free oil change until the OLM reaches <22%. 35% is still very fresh.

I wouldn't worry about it until you're <20%. My oil just hit 19% today and I just scheduled a change at the dealer for Saturday morning as of 25 minutes ago. Just make sure to monitor the LEVEL of the oil. That's what will hurt your motor. Old, dirty oil at the proper level isn't nearly as big a problem as fresh oil that's low!!!
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:36 PM   #32
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Can you explain more about this please?
Sure! If the oil level is high enough to allow the crankshaft counter-weights to "beat" into the oil in your pan, it foams up a bit from air being "whipped" into the oil.

Valve lifters are small hydraulic pumps, and depend on air-free oil to operate properly. By introducing aerated oil to them, it can affect performance and create undue lifter tick. Air compresses; oil does not. That small bit of compression caused by aerated oil can cost a few thousandths of an inch of valve lift, thus affecting overall performance of the engine.

In extremely aerated oil (filling way beyond the full mark), you can end up with cylinder scoring and bearing damage. Rare, but it could happen.
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If you have a GM Certified car, you get free oil changes for a year. You will not receive your free oil change until the OLM reaches <22%. 35% is still very fresh.

I wouldn't worry about it until you're <20%. My oil just hit 19% today and I just scheduled a change at the dealer for Saturday morning as of 25 minutes ago. Just make sure to monitor the LEVEL of the oil. That's what will hurt your motor. Old, dirty oil at the proper level isn't nearly as big a problem as fresh oil that's low!!!

My point was the olm is showing the time to change, not the level. I was not debating when to change.


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