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Old 08-22-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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DIY on changing your own oil?

Anybody changed their own yet?

How hard is the filter to get to?

What all do I need to get the plug out?

What filter is on there so I know what to get at the store?

Any other suggestions?
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:01 AM   #2
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I have not done one on my own yet , put from what I have observered it looks easy enough to do so i'll give it a try next time I'm due for one..

Here's some info. that might help you with how much oil and what filter you will need :

Owners Manual section 11-2
Engine Oil w/ Filter

3.6L V6 Engine : 6-qts
6.2L V8 Engine : 8-qts
(L99 & LS3)

V6 : SAE 5w-30 GM6094M
Do Not use 10w-40,20w-50 or any other viscosity grade oil not recommended

V8 : SAE 5w-30 / GM4718M (L99 & LS3) Mobil 1 is Factory fill ..
Do Not use 10w-40,20w-50 or any other viscosity grade oil not recommended

GM#12593333 ( PF459G )
AC Delco Filter for the V6L # PF459G / **PF2129
**this part # is easier to find at most Auto Parts Stores ..

Wix / Napa Gold : #57090 / #7090 @ $ 7.69

If you are Military / Veteran always ask your local Auto Parts Store for the discount ! !

(Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts @ around $5.10 ea.)

Left one is Wix/Napa #57090 , 7090 / Right one is AC DELCO #PF2129

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Old 08-23-2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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For V-6 the oil plug is 15mm I think. I changed my oil yesterday, Mobil 1 5W30. The oil change sure is easy with the top mounted oil filter! I just raised the front end off the ground with service jack, wheel chocks behind rear tires, and 4 point jack stands. I had to lift front wheels off of the ground, so I decided to clean the rear inside of front rims by spinning the wheels by hand while using a clean rag to remove dirt.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:23 AM   #4
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I have done it, for the v8 the oil plug is also 15mm and it does take 8 qts. Its not any harder than any other vehicle. Actually i found it easier, because the oil filter is about 4 inches behind the drain plug on the very bottom. Makes it very simple.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:44 AM   #5
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For V-6 the oil plug is 15mm I think. I changed my oil yesterday, Mobil 1 5W30. The oil change sure is easy with the top mounted oil filter! I just raised the front end off the ground with service jack, wheel chocks behind rear tires, and 4 point jack stands. I had to lift front wheels off of the ground, so I decided to clean the rear inside of front rims by spinning the wheels by hand while using a clean rag to remove dirt.
When you say service jack, do you mean floor jack that can go under the engine (crossmember if there is one). I have not looked under mine yet (2LT) and was wondering if a floor jack can be used to jack the whole front end up at the same time? Also what size wrench for the top mounted oil filter? Thanks in advance for the info.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:06 AM   #6
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Ok, so does the K&N oil filter 1017 not fit this car?? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product

The picture looks like it's a plain filter and not a cartridge. I already ordered 2 of these :(
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:08 AM   #7
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looks similar to the one I used, surprisingly small
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:10 AM   #8
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Ok, I was worried since the pictures in this thread show a filter with no casing...I obviously don't have my car yet but I'm all setup to do the first oil change since she'll have over 500 miles by the time I get her home!
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:26 AM   #9
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plan on changing mine at 500 and doing it myself
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:24 PM   #10
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Is he filter just a drop in?

my car doesn't come with a jack...can I use my wife's from her G35? I may just buy some ramps.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:25 PM   #11
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oh...how does resetting the "oil remaining" computer? I've read others have had issues...
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:05 AM   #12
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first post! I thought this was important though.

DO NOT use the car jack that comes with a car. That is for an emergency tire swap while you are on the outside of your car. It is extremely dangerous to be under a car that is supported using one of these. Go buy yourself a nice floor jack or some ramps and block the back wheels!
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:02 PM   #13
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Did mine last week
ramps,
mobil 1 oil
ac delco filter
pretty straight forward
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:55 AM   #14
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Ok, I was worried since the pictures in this thread show a filter with no casing...I obviously don't have my car yet but I'm all setup to do the first oil change since she'll have over 500 miles by the time I get her home!
I haven't seen the Camaro's but newer V6 Engines have a filter on the top. You unsrew a large cap, pull out the old one and drop in the new one, close cap and you are done. Based on the previous replies, the V8 is underneath near the drain plug so that one would have a casing.
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:06 PM   #15
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oh...how does resetting the "oil remaining" computer? I've read others have had issues...
Look on page 9-13 of the manual.

1. Turn on ignition key to ON/RUN with the engine off
2. Fully press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds.

If the "change engine oil soon" message is not on, the system reset itself.

Seems like a weird way to do it but oh well. On my other car that has the same oil life system, I just have to hold down the button that controls the messages for a few seconds.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:54 PM   #16
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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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Old 09-07-2009, 11:39 AM   #18
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oh...how does resetting the "oil remaining" computer? I've read others have had issues...
Or you can go in the DIC to the oil life display and hold down the clear button in the end of the turn signal lever for 5 seconds. The change oil message will appear then hit the button one more time to reset.
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On my other car that has the same oil life system, I just have to hold down the button that controls the messages for a few seconds.
This works on the Camaro, too.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:10 AM   #20
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Doesnt the v6 come with Mobil 1 factory fill as well?
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:50 AM   #21
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banshee-you are halarious!! You must have experience in this field??? Thanks for the laugh
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:16 PM   #23
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I did my 6.2L at 978 miles and it was easier than any other car I have owned. I am fortunate that my neighbor has a portable power lift that got the whole car about four feet off the ground. The plug and filter were right there in plain sight at the back of the oil pan. What's nice is that because the filter is mounted vertically when you uncsrew it and take it off you don't have oil pooring all over your hand and the floor. This is an easy job to do and should not take more than a beer to accomplish!

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So true, Banshee.
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LMAO Banshee!

I use ramps, cardboard to lay on, a 15mm socket, strap wrench, pf48 filter from gm service dept, 2 jugs mobil1 5w30 and of course make sure i have stock in my beer fridge out in the garage.

It's an easy oil change, but last time i took the oil filter off and the initial 'plunk' when the oil shoots into the pan splashed some into my right eye. i wasn't too happy bout that.
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