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Old 01-20-2010, 07:52 PM   #76
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Yes, the bolt with the circle around will drain your oil. The blue guy is your oil filter and just unscrews off the car. It is not a cover, but a complete canister filter. Be sure to inspect and clean the area once you get the filter off. Good luck!
Thank you very much! I'll be tackling this as well as painting my GM GFX exhaust bezels this weekend. So excited.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:21 PM   #77
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Thank you very much! I'll be tackling this as well as painting my GM GFX exhaust bezels this weekend. So excited.
i hope both DIY's go well for you. since you seem new to oil changes, if you have any questions midway through or anything like that dont hesitate to PM me. i should be able to answer any questions you have.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:33 PM   #78
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Thanks for this thread. I just did mine today at 1,496 miles. I used a filtermag (model RA300) and a goldplug, too. I also changed the diff fluid. It was pretty nasty and there were some shavings on the drain plug.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:42 PM   #79
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I posted a DIY ramp thread, it may be helpful!
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:39 PM   #80
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i just changed first oil at 2500 miles. i only put 6.5 quarts in. the dip stick is not very accurate. it read full and a little over the marks on the dip stick. do u know the best way to read the oil level. and to know exactly what to put in? i know it takes 8 quarts but it seemed full at 6.5.

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Old 01-31-2010, 05:25 PM   #81
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Great write up!!! I just ordered the pan bolt and will pick up the mag filter when I purchase more things from Jeg's so I just dont pay 11 bucks shipping on this one thing. One quick question since I didnt see it anywhere in this post??? Is there a bigger truck oil filter available for the LS3? I know I used the truck filter on my LT1 and it held about a quart of oil in the filter alone
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:30 PM   #82
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Great write up!!! I just ordered the pan bolt and will pick up the mag filter when I purchase more things from Jeg's so I just dont pay 11 bucks shipping on this one thing. One quick question since I didnt see it anywhere in this post??? Is there a bigger truck oil filter available for the LS3? I know I used the truck filter on my LT1 and it held about a quart of oil in the filter alone
I have no idea about a bigger truck oil filter for the car. Maybe someone else can chime in on this. I used the suggested Mobile 1 filter during my oil change. Sorry I couldnt be more help.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:32 PM   #83
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Not a problem at all. I have all the stuff to do my first oil change which will be whenever this lovely winter weather decides to break lol. I will be using all Mobil 1 products and will be installing synthetic which is what I use in all my vehicles as well.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:08 PM   #84
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Update: see post 2 for follow-up pictures. The results were interesting to say the least. Sorry to everyone for how long this took, but I dont drive the car much. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions if you have any.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:30 PM   #85
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Few questions:

-Is this write up only for the V8 engine?
-Except for the filter is the drain plug located in the same area on the V6?
-Also can the catchcan be used on the v6 engine?
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:19 PM   #86
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Few questions:

-Is this write up only for the V8 engine?
-Except for the filter is the drain plug located in the same area on the V6?
-Also can the catchcan be used on the v6 engine?
-The write up was written for the V8, but the same general principles apply to the V6. The only differences would be the type of filter used (the V6 uses a drop in style paper filter) and the amount of oil used. I have seen other threads in the maintenance section on the specifics of the V6 oil change.

-The drain plug should be in the same area under the car on the oil pan somewhere forward of the transmission. It is usually pretty easy to spot.

-I do not know the answer to this question as I dont know any specifics on the V6's PCV system. I have a buddy with a V6 and will look into it. I do have a hunch that the mounting system used by the elite engineering can would probably not work for the V6, but that doesnt mean that something couldnt be designed to work. Ill take a look at this and let everyone know my findings.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:02 PM   #87
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-The write up was written for the V8, but the same general principles apply to the V6. The only differences would be the type of filter used (the V6 uses a drop in style paper filter) and the amount of oil used. I have seen other threads in the maintenance section on the specifics of the V6 oil change.

-The drain plug should be in the same area under the car on the oil pan somewhere forward of the transmission. It is usually pretty easy to spot.

-I do not know the answer to this question as I dont know any specifics on the V6's PCV system. I have a buddy with a V6 and will look into it. I do have a hunch that the mounting system used by the elite engineering can would probably not work for the V6, but that doesnt mean that something couldnt be designed to work. Ill take a look at this and let everyone know my findings.
So, how sure are you that the particles in the filter were trapped by the magnet vs the filter itself?
Was there a clear line of particles on the edge of the filter where the magnets were?
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:03 PM   #88
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BTW,
I have a few VERY strong magnets from Hard Disk Drives I took apart.

Any thoughts if I could just stick them onto my filter and get the same effect?
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:28 PM   #89
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So, how sure are you that the particles in the filter were trapped by the magnet vs the filter itself?
Was there a clear line of particles on the edge of the filter where the magnets were?
I am fairly ceratin that MOST of the particles I found were trapped by the magnet. I think if you cut open your filter w/out the magnet you would find some, but not close to the amount that I did. I actually think that the drain plug would have caught a lot more than the filtermag had it not been there. A lot of that debris settles to the bottom of the pan, but I think the filtermag did a good job of extracting it out of the oil as it circulated through.

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I have a few VERY strong magnets from Hard Disk Drives I took apart.

Any thoughts if I could just stick them onto my filter and get the same effect?
I dont see why you wouldnt, just make sure that they dont fall off. The nice part about the filtermag is that it is contoured to fit the filter and does a really good job of hanging on there. To be honest, I dont think it moved at all during the 1500 miles between oil changes. It was in the exact same spot that it was in when i put it in and didnt move down or over at all.

Good luck with the hard drive magnets and post your experience...
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:18 AM   #90
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Or you can do it like it do it. Buy oil and filter at walmart. Find a mom and pop oil change shop and have them do it for like $10 bucks. It saves you time and oil spills and transfering oil. Best $10 you can spend IMO.
I know this is an older post but I do the same thing! Buy my Full Syn oil and filter at walmart and take it to NTB who will handle everything else for like $12.

Very good option if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself!

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:45 AM   #91
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I know this is an older post but I do the same thing! Buy my Full Syn oil and filter at walmart and take it to NTB who will handle everything else for like $12.

Very good option if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself!

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That's not near as fun though
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:05 AM   #92
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I was talking to a guy yesterday and he had his camaro oil chaned at the dealership. He said he paid 116 for 9 qts of oil.. Why'd thy use so much? He said they also used valvoline.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:39 AM   #93
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I was talking to a guy yesterday and he had his camaro oil chaned at the dealership. He said he paid 116 for 9 qts of oil.. Why'd thy use so much? He said they also used valvoline.
its reasons like this that i dont take my car to the dealer. i went by the factory recommendations on the oil and the amount. I think 9 qts is way too much. also, i think my 2 oil change costs have averaged out to around $60 and to me, saving $60 and knowing it was done right is worth my time.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:40 AM   #94
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its reasons like this that i dont take my car to the dealer. i went by the factory recommendations on the oil and the amount. I think 9 qts is way too much. also, i think my 2 oil change costs have averaged out to around $60 and to me, saving $60 and knowing it was done right is worth my time.
Well said, just wondering. The cost to get all the stuff to change my oil (wood to drive up onto, jack, jackstands, funnel, shop towel, filter, torque wrench, oil, etc.) WAS $120. The oil and filter alone will cost me $65 next time. Gotta LOVE DIY work.
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Any issues with warranty when you do your own oil changes?
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:59 PM   #96
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Sorry if this has been asked..But are you guys using a oil filter wrench? If so what kind? Where did you get it? Anything else?

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No it won't mess with warranty at all, just make sure to keep all your receipts
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Sorry if this has been asked..But are you guys using a oil filter wrench? If so what kind? Where did you get it? Anything else?

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I am using a filter top wrench. Its the one that you can put on a socket wrench. I tried the larger strap wrench and it didnt work so well. I got it at autozone when I bought the filter.

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No it won't mess with warranty at all, just make sure to keep all your receipts
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I found an oil filter cross reference for the V8's.
AC PF48
CHAMPION LAB. PH48
FRAM PH10060
General Motors 89017524
LUBER-FINER PH48
K&N HP 1017
MOBIL1 M1113
NAPA 7060
NAPA 7073
PURO L12222
ROYAL PURPLE 1048
SAAB 729854
STP S10060
SUZUKI 1651078J00
WIX 57060
WIX 57073
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i dont understand why yall are changing your own oil? i paid 90 bucks for my oil change at the dealership but they only charged 10 for labor the rest was the cost of oil which was mobil one synthetic.... what kind of oil are yall putting in if you DIY is it cheaper and just as good?? shit if so ill DIM.
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