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Old 03-28-2010, 07:35 PM   #101
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Want something done right, you have to do it yourself! For a regular car, I am with you. I am a diesel mechanic. I have never, ever done my own oil change on my truck. Can't be bothered. The Camaro is different. It is expensive enough at the dealer, I think you save enough money to make it worth your time to do yourself. The price you paid is the cheapest I have heard of yet. Most dealers have some young kid doing the oil changes. Dealers are still learning thing about the Camaro's. I would be surprised if most new how much and what type of oil they are supposed to have.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:57 AM   #102
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:08 AM   #103
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Excellent write-up!
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:24 PM   #104
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Excellent write-up!
Thanks. I just hope it helps a few members around here. Oil changes are a very straight forward thing, but it seems to scare a lot of people. I just like saving money and I sleep well knowing it got done right.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:19 PM   #105
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is there one on how to change differential and transmission fluids?
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:57 AM   #106
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I just did my oil change yesterday. Took a little longer than expected but being my first time to do it myself, that's expected.

I bought the recommended oil plug with magnet and the first thing I noticed is that it has a metal washer instead of the little blue-ish soft rubber washer on the factory plug. Any issues anyone see with that? I did torque down the new oil plug to 18 ft/lbs so I'm not too worried about leaks but not sure if it offers the same seal as the rubber washer...
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:05 AM   #107
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The washer would be fine. Just keep your factory plug for a spare. Keep an eye on the new plug for leaks.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:17 AM   #108
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I just did my oil change yesterday. Took a little longer than expected but being my first time to do it myself, that's expected.

I bought the recommended oil plug with magnet and the first thing I noticed is that it has a metal washer instead of the little blue-ish soft rubber washer on the factory plug. Any issues anyone see with that? I did torque down the new oil plug to 18 ft/lbs so I'm not too worried about leaks but not sure if it offers the same seal as the rubber washer...
I have been running this plug for around 4k miles and have had no problems. During my initial oil change I used the washer provided with the magnetic plug. On my last oil change I went to Autozone and bought a pack of 3 rubberized washers that work very well. It is my recommendation to change the crush washer at each oil change.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:04 PM   #109
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Hey, how long was the shipping time when you ordered your oil pan plug? I ordered mine 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. I am in Canada, but normally I get stuff from the States way before this. Actually I received my FilterMag today and I ordered that only two weeks ago.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:29 AM   #110
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Hey, how long was the shipping time when you ordered your oil pan plug? I ordered mine 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. I am in Canada, but normally I get stuff from the States way before this. Actually I received my FilterMag today and I ordered that only two weeks ago.
I got mine within a week or so. Just email the guy or call them up. They were real helpful with me and I imagine that they will be the same way with you.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:10 PM   #111
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It took alittle over 2 weeks for me to receive mind. They are in the process of changing locations, so shipping is slow. Just got mind last thursday.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:43 AM   #112
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Cool, thanks for the replies. I will just hang tight till next week.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:21 PM   #113
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Just FYI for all of those that pay a place to change your oil -- you are not getting a complete oil change.

I used to work at "quick lube" place. The rule of thumb was when the oil went from a solid stream, to a partial stream, put the plug back in and start filling with oil 1 quart lower than the manuf. spec. It takes longer than a few minutes for all of the oil to drain out.


Just one other FYI -- look at the oil pan when the car is on the ramps. I bet there is 1/2 quart of oil sitting in the pan behind the plug. I use 4 jack stands to keep it level.



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Makes me wonder if the dealership is any better. I mean the faster a mechanic gets done with a job the more money he makes. I used to change the oil on my fourth gen, and I hadn't planned on doing the 5th gen, but I may have to after reading this.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:14 PM   #114
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I am having a really hard finding anyone here in Canada that sells Mobil1 filters. Everyone has the oil, so that is no problem. I think I will just go with the AC Delco filter.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:24 AM   #115
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Well, my AP-04 plug still hasn't arrived. I have lost hope. Local parts store has them made by Oil Tite. Information isn't new enough for 2010's. The closest one is an M12X1.75 thread size. The site the AP-04 comes from doesn't list the thread size. Can any one confirm what size plug goes into the V8s?
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:28 AM   #116
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Well, my AP-04 plug still hasn't arrived. I have lost hope. Local parts store has them made by Oil Tite. Information isn't new enough for 2010's. The closest one is an M12X1.75 thread size. The site the AP-04 comes from doesn't list the thread size. Can any one confirm what size plug goes into the V8s?
+1 i might do this next time i do my oil change and would like to shop around before buying one off the net.
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:18 PM   #117
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:32 PM   #118
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #119
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How much oil does my SS take when i change the oil and filter? Is it 8 quarts?
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:22 AM   #120
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Does the computer automatically reset itself when you do your own oil change? I thought the dealer might do something to the computer and that's why I'd have to bring it in, but hell, if I can do it myself, I will.
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How much oil does my SS take when i change the oil and filter? Is it 8 quarts?
You are correct, it is 8 qts.

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Does the computer automatically reset itself when you do your own oil change? I thought the dealer might do something to the computer and that's why I'd have to bring it in, but hell, if I can do it myself, I will.
You can reset the oil life monitor yourself by pushing and holding the "set" button I believe. You do not have to bring it into the dealer to do this.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:58 PM   #122
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You are correct, it is 8 qts.



You can reset the oil life monitor yourself by pushing and holding the "set" button I believe. You do not have to bring it into the dealer to do this.
Procedure is in the manual.
I think you turn on the ignition, then pump the gas pedal 6 or 7 times to reset the oil life.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:18 PM   #123
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Thank you Adub4185! Because of your great write-up I finished my first oil change successfully and confidently! you rock man!
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:31 PM   #124
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Thank you Adub4185! Because of your great write-up I finished my first oil change successfully and confidently! you rock man!
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:59 PM   #125
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i heard about the filtermag and the plug already.
i havent looked under the car in detail yet, so ill take strobi's word that the filtermag for my v6 is not needed.
but i never heard of the catch can, n have no idea where that is supposed to go.

Where would that go on a v6? any mini writeup for installing one of those?
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