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Old 08-14-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Looking for step by step oil change process

Pictures would be GREAT.

Can anyone bullet point how to [erform an oil/filter change on a V6 2LT? I've always had my oil changed for me. I'd like to become a man at some point...
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:00 AM   #2
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i guess this is a dumb question
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:26 AM   #3
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Doesn't the owner's manual illustrate how to do this? Hmm, I guess not...I don't have my car so can't give pictures:

o buy oil filter
o buy oil - manual has amount needed & type
o buy oil funnel & oil filter wrench & oil pan & ramps (to get under car)
o warm up car, drive on ramps (use help)
o let car cool 10 minutes and find oil drain plug; open hood and open oil cap (I pull out the oil dipstick also)
o look up torque specs on drain plug when you need to retighten - buy torque wrench
o drain oil into oil pan
o remove oil filter and let oil drip into pan
o open new oil filter and wet rubber ring with fresh oil
o tighten new oil filter - read how many turns past tight - HAND Tighten ONLY!
o replace oil pan plug - torque and don't over tighten!
o using oil funnel, fill engine with recommended amount of oil
o put oil dipstick back, put oil cap cover back
o warm up car, let coil check dipstick - add oil if needed
o drive off ramps, slowly, mark the change in your maintenance section of the manual
o dispose of oil at recycle location

Ok, feel free to add/modify, but keep flames to a minimum. This is off the cuff as I do this without thinking on my own vehicles.

Good luck!

Oh, here are some details, but not specific to the Camaro: http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/how...8/article.html

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on the v6 cars you want to remove the filter first because it is located on the top side of the engine(cartrige style filter) and when you remove the filter all the oil in the filter housing will be able to drain into the oil pan.

then drain all the oil and replace your filter
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Have someone else you trust do it.
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Hey we all have to learn at some point and I am glad you came here to ask..I see you are North of Atlanta..I'm always changing oil..you can come down and learn if you like.
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I'm sure even YOU had a 1st time
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #9
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i've always found it easier to just pay someone to do it. I'm sure it's not rocket science. I have and do change break pads and I've changes rotors a couple times.

I've never changed oil.

I was looking for non manual advice. Someone said to run the car for 20 min, then lift the car so the drain on the pain is at the lowest point, I thought that was quality advice. Taking the filter out first was a good nugget too.

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Do you have to buy a new plug every oil change?

Someone also mentioned 2 oil filter changes per oil change???
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Don't have to replace the oil plug, but some plugs have crush washers on them (don't have the Camaro so can't tell you, yet) and those should be replaced. 2 oil filters changes per oil change? Not sure what that means. I've heard people say 1 oil filter per 2 oil changes, but I prefer to change the filter EVERY oil change. It can't hurt

I even taught my girlfriend to change her oil on her Tacoma. She's proud of herself for that, and so I am
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on the v6 cars you want to remove the filter first because it is located on the top side of the engine(cartrige style filter) and when you remove the filter all the oil in the filter housing will be able to drain into the oil pan.

then drain all the oil and replace your filter
Yes you could do it that way.
I would remove the drain plug first, then while the oil is draining for a few minutes or more remove the filter. This way there is less oil to drip from the filter cartridge when taken it out. ...... No big deal I know, just the way I would do it.
Also leave the drain plug out as long as you can,to get more of the old oil out. I leave it drain for at least 1/2 hour. You may not have the time to do that most people don't.
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Hey we all have to learn at some point and I am glad you came here to ask..I see you are North of Atlanta..I'm always changing oil..you can come down and learn if you like.
First class offer, if possible ya ought to take him up on it.
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Do you have to buy a new plug every oil change?

Someone also mentioned 2 oil filter changes per oil change???
the oil plug he's referring too is the screw/bolt in the bottom of the oil pan. when you take it off, the oil runs out. screw it back in good and tight to make sure your new oil doesn't run out on the floor (trust me...i once forgot to put the damn plug back in ...you won't forget twice!)

the "2 filter / oil change" thing he meant was that some people don't change the filter every oil change (2 oil changes per filter). Personally i change mine out every time. the filter itself will contain a fair amount of used / dirty oil when you take it off...if you don't change it every time...all that crap goes right back in with the new oil.

good luck. we all had to learn at some point!
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here's a couple easy demos on how to do it:

http://www.castrol.com/castrol/swfpo...580&title=View << this one is a Flash / animated demo with step-by-step instructions

http://www.ehow.com/video_11_change-motor-oil.html << video with commentary
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Change the filter every time - it's about $6 from the dealer. You won't need a new 'O' ring for the filter on the V6, the cannister the filter is mounted in is on the driver's side top of the engine.
Very easy process. If you've done brake rotors and / or brake pads, change will be a walk in the park ... and you'll be glad you did it - piece of mind. Don't pay anyone to change your oil. it's too easy if you have the room in the garage or driveway and time. Remember the V6 takes 6 qts., so one 5 qt. container which is now what is sold (and 4 Qt. jugs too), will not be all you'll need.
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Thanks guys for your help, and smashing the flammers. Good stuff!!

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The manual doesn't
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OIL CHANGE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEN:

1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree; write check for $50.

2) Go by Qwik-Stop and buy a case of beer; write a check for $20.00, drive home.

3) Drink a beer to "get started."

4) Jack car up. Spend 30-minutes looking for jack stands.

5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.

6) In frustration, have another beer.

7) Place drain pan under engine.

8) Look for 9/16" box-end wrench.

9) Give up and use crescent-wrench instead.

10) Unscrew drain plug.

11) Accidently drop drain plug into pan of hot oil, splashing hot oil on you in process.

12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on oil drops.

13) Another beer while watching oil drain.

14) Spend 30-minutes looking for oil filter wrench.

15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.

16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing hot oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among debris in trash can to avoid environmental fee. Beer.

17) Buddy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so you can go see his new garage door opener.

18) Sunday: Skip church because, "I gotta finish the oil change." Drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Cleverly dump oil in hole in backyard instead of taking it to be recycled, and avoid environmental fee.

19) Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.

20) Beer? No, drank it all Saturday.

21) Walk to Qwik-Stop, buy more beer.

22) Install new oil filter, making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.

23) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.

24) Suddenly remember drain plug from step 11.

25) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.

26) Recall that the used oil is buried in a hole in the backyard - along with drain plug.

27) Beer.

28) Shovel out hole and sift through oily mud for drain plug. Re-shovel oily dirt into hole. Steal sand from kid's sandbox to cleverly conceal oily patch of ground and avoid environmental fee. Wash drain plug in lawnmower gas.

29) Discover first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil.

30) Beer.

31) Crawl back under car, get kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily gas rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug rapping knuckles on sharp edge of frame.

32) Bang forehead on exhaust manifold in reaction to step 31.

33) Cussing fit.

34) Throw stupid crescent wrench.

35) Cuss for additional 10-minutes.

36) Beer.

37) Clean up hands and head, and apply bandages to stop blood flow.

38) Beer to stop pain....

39) .... Ditto.

40) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.

41) Beer.

42) Lower car from jack stands.

43) Accidentally crush remaining case of new motor oil.

44) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil from step numbers 23 - 43.

45) Beer.

46) Test drive car.

47) Pulled-over and arrested for DUI.

48) Car towed and impounded

49) Call loving wife; make bail.

50) 12-hours later; bail out car.

MONEY SPENT:
Parts $50.00
DUI $2,500.00
Towing Fee $175.00
Impound Fee $75.00
Bail $1,500.00
Beer $40.00
TOTAL: $4,340.00

BUT , YOU KNOW THE JOB WAS DONE RIGHT ! ! !
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^^^That's some funny sh!t right there
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15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
I thought this car has a cartrige? Do they still screw on?

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20) Beer? No, drank it all Saturday.

21) Walk to Qwik-Stop, buy more beer.
No beer sale in georgia on sunday, now I know to load up on saturday, just in case.

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I would have never thought to do this.

I know most of your items where done in comedy, but now I see why I've paid to have this done.......the cost savings doing it yourself is bairly worth the time saved.

I do the breaks because the cost of labor is unreal!!

Funny stuff!
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I thought this car has a cartrige? Do they still screw on?


No beer sale in georgia on sunday, now I know to load up on saturday, just in case.

I would have never thought to do this.

I know most of your items where done in comedy, but now I see why I've paid to have this done.......the cost savings doing it yourself is bairly worth the time saved.

I do the breaks because the cost of labor is unreal!!

Funny stuff!
Changing the oil i almost as easy as changing the tire..it's not hard at all
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Great stuf Banshee. Most of it looks familiar!! I wonder if the OP still wants to change his own oil!!! Makes the $80(??) dealer charge look like a bargain.
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Yea, I get a kick out of it during the winter months.. That and spring and summer fishing shows get me through cabin fever.
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Check this out. It's for a CTS but yours is similar. On the Camaro you remove the oil fill cap and pull up on the engine cover to remove it. The canister is then visible on the drivers side.

http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answe...nge/index.html
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OIL CHANGE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEN:

1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree; write check for $50.

2) Go by Qwik-Stop and buy a case of beer; write a check for $20.00, drive home.

3) Drink a beer to "get started."

4) Jack car up. Spend 30-minutes looking for jack stands.

5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.

6) In frustration, have another beer.

7) Place drain pan under engine.

8) Look for 9/16" box-end wrench.

9) Give up and use crescent-wrench instead.

10) Unscrew drain plug.

11) Accidently drop drain plug into pan of hot oil, splashing hot oil on you in process.

12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on oil drops.

13) Another beer while watching oil drain.

14) Spend 30-minutes looking for oil filter wrench.

15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.

16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing hot oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among debris in trash can to avoid environmental fee. Beer.

17) Buddy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so you can go see his new garage door opener.

18) Sunday: Skip church because, "I gotta finish the oil change." Drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Cleverly dump oil in hole in backyard instead of taking it to be recycled, and avoid environmental fee.

19) Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.

20) Beer? No, drank it all Saturday.

21) Walk to Qwik-Stop, buy more beer.

22) Install new oil filter, making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.

23) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.

24) Suddenly remember drain plug from step 11.

25) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.

26) Recall that the used oil is buried in a hole in the backyard - along with drain plug.

27) Beer.

28) Shovel out hole and sift through oily mud for drain plug. Re-shovel oily dirt into hole. Steal sand from kid's sandbox to cleverly conceal oily patch of ground and avoid environmental fee. Wash drain plug in lawnmower gas.

29) Discover first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil.

30) Beer.

31) Crawl back under car, get kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily gas rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug rapping knuckles on sharp edge of frame.

32) Bang forehead on exhaust manifold in reaction to step 31.

33) Cussing fit.

34) Throw stupid crescent wrench.

35) Cuss for additional 10-minutes.

36) Beer.

37) Clean up hands and head, and apply bandages to stop blood flow.

38) Beer to stop pain....

39) .... Ditto.

40) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.

41) Beer.

42) Lower car from jack stands.

43) Accidentally crush remaining case of new motor oil.

44) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil from step numbers 23 - 43.

45) Beer.

46) Test drive car.

47) Pulled-over and arrested for DUI.

48) Car towed and impounded

49) Call loving wife; make bail.

50) 12-hours later; bail out car.

MONEY SPENT:
Parts $50.00
DUI $2,500.00
Towing Fee $175.00
Impound Fee $75.00
Bail $1,500.00
Beer $40.00
TOTAL: $4,340.00

BUT , YOU KNOW THE JOB WAS DONE RIGHT ! ! !
pretty much some it up


lmfao thats was awesome
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Very funny !!
hope it goes a little smoother for me tomorrow
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