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Old 09-17-2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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Maintenance reference

For all of us that do our own maintenance... Here is some reference info for ya...


LS3 Oil Filters -

Mfr. - Part # - MSRP
K&N - HP1017 - $11.99
Mobile one - M1113 - $10.99
Fram - PH10060 - $6.49
GM Part PF48 - 89017524 - $4.98


LS3 Oil Capacity - 8.9 quarts (10W30)

Mfr. - Part # - MSRP
Amsoil -ATMQT-EA - $80.10 (8.90/quart)
Mobile One (synth) - 98HC65 - $59.31 (6.59/quart)
Royal Purple - 1130 - $71.01 (7.98/quart)
Valvoline (syth) - 296 - $43.11 (4.79/quart)
Quaker State (synth) - 5062626 - $53.91 (5.99/quart)
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:57 PM   #2
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Are you sure about 9 Qts?

The LS1 only used 6 for street use and almost 7 quarts for Road Racing...
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thats what the spec sheet says... although the vette guys are hitting the full mark at 6 quarts... as soon as its official (one way or another) I will change it accordingly...
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:10 PM   #5
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I see the L99 takes 8.5 quarts. Why so much oil?
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #6
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On the maintenance issue. I was told by a former GM mechanic that when you are breaking in the motor on a new car. Use regular engine oil for the first 500 miles then switch to synthetic. Reason being that if you use regular oil it causes the pistons to rub the inside walls and knock off the excess metal partials and smooth out the area to make the pistons move smother when you switch over to synthetic. Also place an oil filter magnet in the oil filter that will collect the metal partials that the pistons will knock off. Just remember to tell the maintenance personnel to NOT throw the magnet away when you do your first change. All you do is rinse off the magnet and place it back in the oil filter.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:59 PM   #7
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i havent looked at too many spec sheets or computer drawings of the camaros systems.
but how much of this car can we NOT work on, at all.
i do a lot of my own maintenance. weve never taken a vehicle in for an oil change or stuff like that.
so what can i do with the camaro, or not do?
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:01 PM   #8
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The best thing I can say is to ask you local Chevrolet dealer. They would know better than any one.
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The best thing I can say is to ask you local Chevrolet dealer. They would know better than any one.


the dealers ive talked to dont know a darn thing.
1 of them actually didnt know the camaro was coming back. i refused to talk to him.
but the guys in the maintenance dep. do know a lot. just not much at the moment. im sure they will no more the closer we get to being able to buy one.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:11 PM   #10
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13f20.. when you were talking about the magnet. do you mean for the initial five hundred miles/break in period or what?
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The Camaro's LS3 takes more oil due primarily to a larger oil pan and oil cooler.
Two items which the Corvette's LS3 does not have.

http://www.camarohomepage.com/ls3/index.htm
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The Camaro's LS3 takes more oil due primarily to a larger oil pan and oil cooler.
Two items which the Corvette's LS3 does not have.

http://www.camarohomepage.com/ls3/index.htm
WTF?! I missed that!!! Huh...
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13f20.. when you were talking about the magnet. do you mean for the initial five hundred miles/break in period or what?
No,no,no. Keep the magnate in there for a while. Even after 500 miles there is no grantee that all the metal will be gotten. Plus over the life of the engine, metal will continue to filter threw the oil circulation. Thus the more partials you gather over the life of the car extends the life of the engine.
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The Camaro's LS3 takes more oil due primarily to a larger oil pan and oil cooler.
Two items which the Corvette's LS3 does not have.

http://www.camarohomepage.com/ls3/index.htm
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WTF?! I missed that!!! Huh...
The oil pan used on the Camaro LS3 is quite a bit different than the one used on LS1s in the 4 Gen cars and it's different from the one used by the LS3 when it was introduced on the Corvette for 2008. The Camaro pan is a bit bigger inside holding a additional two quarts of oil compared to the Vette LS3. Otherwise, the pan is similar in concept to other Gen 3/4 oil pans in that, besides holding all the oil, it acts as a sound insulator and add some rigidity to the bottom of the block. In addition, the Camaro LS3 has an engine oil cooler because, according to ACE Ron Meegan, "...of the (vehicle) weight and the (reduced) air flow around the engine in this package, some of the more aggressive driving modes required us to use a cooler to meet our oil temperature requirements." The Camaro oil cooler is the same type of oil-to-coolant heat exchanger used by the supercharged LSA in the Cadillac CTS-V and it is mounted in a similar location, on the left side of the oil pan.
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The Camaro's LS3 takes more oil due primarily to a larger oil pan and oil cooler.
Two items which the Corvette's LS3 does not have.

http://www.camarohomepage.com/ls3/index.htm
Theres a lot of detailed info there. thanks.
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Theres a lot of detailed info there. thanks.
Thank Tom Henry and friends.


...but, you're welcome for posting it!
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The oil pan used on the Camaro LS3 is quite a bit different than the one used on LS1s in the 4 Gen cars and it's different from the one used by the LS3 when it was introduced on the Corvette for 2008. The Camaro pan is a bit bigger inside holding a additional two quarts of oil compared to the Vette LS3. Otherwise, the pan is similar in concept to other Gen 3/4 oil pans in that, besides holding all the oil, it acts as a sound insulator and add some rigidity to the bottom of the block. In addition, the Camaro LS3 has an engine oil cooler because, according to ACE Ron Meegan, "...of the (vehicle) weight and the (reduced) air flow around the engine in this package, some of the more aggressive driving modes required us to use a cooler to meet our oil temperature requirements." The Camaro oil cooler is the same type of oil-to-coolant heat exchanger used by the supercharged LSA in the Cadillac CTS-V and it is mounted in a similar location, on the left side of the oil pan.
I read that article but forgot Thanks for the help though
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On the maintenance issue. I was told by a former GM mechanic that when you are breaking in the motor on a new car. Use regular engine oil for the first 500 miles then switch to synthetic. Reason being that if you use regular oil it causes the pistons to rub the inside walls and knock off the excess metal partials and smooth out the area to make the pistons move smother when you switch over to synthetic. Also place an oil filter magnet in the oil filter that will collect the metal partials that the pistons will knock off. Just remember to tell the maintenance personnel to NOT throw the magnet away when you do your first change. All you do is rinse off the magnet and place it back in the oil filter.
this was on the 'Synthetic?' topic and i found it to be quite informative.
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Have a look at this site:

http://mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

There's a lot of good information and this chap emphasizes NOT using synthetic during break-in. Whether-or-not you agree with everything, I think it has a lot to think about.
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