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Old 12-10-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Oil Changes and Tire Rotations

I have noticed that several of you did your first oil change between 900 and 1000 miles. This is not something that my dealer recommended, but is it something that I should do? Did you go ahead and do your first tire rotation while you were at it? I imagine most of our rear tires go through twice the abuse in the first 1 or 2k miles than they do in the 4 or 5 after.

I will hit my first 1000 next week and want to make sure she is well taken care of.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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You will find a huge difference of opinion on first oil change. Everything from 500 miles to when the monitor says to. Really up to you to decide when you want to.

Aren't the tires on the SS staggered sizes? I know my 2LT/RS has them, and since the backs are bigger then the front and directional you can't rotate tires.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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Aren't the tires on the SS staggered sizes? I know my 2LT/RS has them, and since the backs are bigger then the front and directional you can't rotate tires.
yes yes. I had a blonde moment. This would explain the lack of posts about tire rotation.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:26 PM   #4
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I changed my oil for the first time at 5000 Km. It was still clean as a whistle!
And the day after I changed it I hibernated it for winter :(
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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yes yes. I had a blonde moment. This would explain the lack of posts about tire rotation.
Hey! I'm blonde and I knew that you don't rotate the tires on an SS. o_O
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:46 PM   #6
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Not staggered if you change them I have the 20"x9" on all 4 corners! Rotation in 2K more miles. Changed oil at 1500 miles very dirty, lots of metal. Changed diff & tranny oil around 2500 miles. Diff kind of dirty, tranny oil looked ok.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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Dealer or oil change place?
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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Hey! I'm blonde and I knew that you don't rotate the tires on an SS. o_O
Doh! Sorry.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:50 PM   #9
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Just in case it wasn't noted. You can not rotate SS tires. But you have to remove all the summer air and replace it with winter air which is slower and denser.

Secondly...Look in the maintenance section on the vast and varying opinions on oil changes. Very thoroughly covered.

But I would change the oil between 1000-1500k. I had a Blackstone labs UOA done at 980 and 3100...

Changing when I did is a piece of mind. I still had alot of junk in the oil after 2 oil changes and 3900 miles.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:22 AM   #10
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Dealer or oil change place?
I do my own oil changes Did all 3.

Changed the air too!
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:38 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Banshee;1271760] But you have to remove all the summer air and replace it with winter air which is slower and denser.

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Old 01-26-2010, 03:29 PM   #12
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Yeah, I was wondering what the heck OnStar was talking about when it sent me my diagnostics email "Caution: based on your mileage you may want to rotate tires soon". I was thinking Ummm... right to left?!
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:44 PM   #13
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i got the same message ,so i got the car out and left some bad a$$ rotation marks in front my house . NO more message from on star
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:03 AM   #14
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Aren't the tires on the SS staggered sizes? I know my 2LT/RS has them, and since the backs are bigger then the front and directional you can't rotate tires.
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Hey! I'm blonde and I knew that you don't rotate the tires on an SS. o_O

Yes you can rotate the tires on your SS. I have rotated mine side to side every 5000 miles. It helps to get rid of the scuffing from high speed cornering. These tires are not directional, they just have to be mounted with the "Outside" label on the outside, doesn't matter which direction they rotate.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:03 AM   #15
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Question Tire pressure monitor system, swapping from winter to summer wheels

Can I swap from my winter to summer tires with out going to the dealer, both sets are mounted on different rims with the pressure sensor installed?
If you rotate the tire what happens to the tire pressure monitor system?
How do you "tell" the position of the tire, to the computer?
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:21 AM   #16
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:48 AM   #17
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From the Owner Manual:
The TPMS matching process is
outlined below:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Turn the ignition switch to
ON/RUN with the engine off.
3. Go to the TPM vehicle
information screen on the DIC.
See Driver Information Center
(DIC) on page 4-27. Press set to
relearn the sensors. The horn
sounds twice to signal the
receiver is in relearn mode and
Tire Learning Active message
displays on the DIC screen.
4. Start with the driver side
front tire.
5. Remove the valve cap from
the valve stem. Activate the
TPMS sensor by increasing or
decreasing the tire’s air pressure
for 10 seconds, or until a horn
chirp sounds. The horn chirp,
which can take up to 30 seconds
to sound, confirms that the TPMS
sensor identification code has
been matched to this tire position.
6. Proceed to the passenger
side front tire, and repeat
the procedure in Step 5.
7. Proceed to the passenger
side rear tire, and repeat
the procedure in Step 5.
8. Proceed to the driver side rear
tire, and repeat the procedure
in Step 5.
9. After hearing the confirming horn
chirp, for the driver side rear tire,
the horn sounds two more times
to signal the tire learning mode is
no longer active. Turn the ignition
switch to LOCK/OFF.
10. Set all four tires to the
recommended air pressure
level as indicated on the tire
and loading information label.
11. Put the valve caps back on the
valve stems.
The tires air pressure will not
appear on the screen until you start
driving the vehicle.
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:35 AM   #18
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? about the air that comes in the tires?

Just curious about my new camaro. I just purchased the 2SS Camaro w/RS package. Do they come with Nitrogen in the tires or just regular air cause my tire pressures area all different in each tire so i just was curious what i need to fill them up with? Thanks for the help. Glad to be apart of this forum!
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:06 AM   #19
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Just curious about my new camaro. I just purchased the 2SS Camaro w/RS package. Do they come with Nitrogen in the tires or just regular air cause my tire pressures area all different in each tire so i just was curious what i need to fill them up with? Thanks for the help. Glad to be apart of this forum!
Probably just "regular" air. When I was shopping for my SS I noticed that the dealers charge extra for nitrogen and then put green valve caps on.

I noticed a spread of 5psi from my lowest to highest reading tire. Probably just from somebody in dealer prep with a crappy tire pressure gage.
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