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Old 12-26-2010, 02:34 PM   #51
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my local dealer charges $18.95, but that's not for synthetic oil. good price, but for the service i get there, its not worth it. next oil change I'll follow this procedure.

Question: is there a cabin hepa filter in the 2010 and how does one change it out?
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:01 AM   #52
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Thumbs up oil change

[QUOTE=azamazonqueen;1768092]So I just did my first oil change this past weekend did this writeup since I had to piece it together for my V6 since it is NOT the same set up as the V8. If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me and if I miss anything, just let me know and I'll add it to the writeup. I take no responsibility for anyone damaging their vehicle. If you are uncomfortable performing something like this, do yourself a favor and take it to someone who is. Special thanks to adub4185 for posting the V8 DIY oil change, bub for the filter pics so I knew I wasn't going crazy, and my dad for helping his daughter keep her car in shape (we rotated the tires too)!

What you need:
15 mm socket (for the oil plug)
24 mm or 15/16 in socket if you don't have it (for oil filter)
Extension
Wrench
Torque wrench
6 quarts of 5w-30 (I use fully synthetic)
Oil Filter (ACDelco PF2129, K&N HP-7003, Wix 57090, Fram CH8765 or look up in index most places carry--thanks kb9wte)
Oil Tub
Towels
Funnel
Car ramps or jack and stands
Blocks (for rear tires)
  • Warm the car up to get the oil flowing. Be careful, if you do it to long its going to burn when you start working. I usually do a quick turn of the neighborhood to line it up with the car ramps.
  • Lift the front of the car. We have car ramps for the front wheels. Set the emergency brake and block the rear wheels.
  • Pop the hood. Open up the oil cap. Dip stick of you want.

  • Time to go under!!! You will find the oil plug on the passenger side of the pan actually on the side. Mine had the yellow mark on it.

  • Place the oil tub under. Have it over to the passenger side tire a little since when it comes out it projects a bit (a lot this second time around!). Use the 15mm socket and loosen.
  • Let the oil drain. Clean off the plug with a clean towel.
  • Now onto the filter while the pan is emptying (you can do it this way, or close it up and then move to the filter--your choice!). This creeped me out at first when I bought it. I had a 99 Camaro and expected the filter to be in a housing—not anymore. Also, it is NOT under the car. Thanks to bub for posting pics so I knew where I was looking. The housing is on the drivers side next to the engine cover.

  • Us the 24mm socket and extension to take off the top of the housing. Oil filter should come off with it.
  • Pop the filter off the housing top and let both drain. Clean off the housing too and all threads.
  • Use some oil to lub up the oil ring around the upper housing piece. Pop the new filter into the top piece.
  • Start it off by hand. Tighten to 25 Newton meters (it even says that on the top of the housing) with the torque wrench (or 18.5 ft-lbs--thanks Texhawk)


  • Back Underneath! Once oil is down to a drip, wipe off the area and replace the plug using your hand (avoid stripping!). I tightened it as far as I could then use the wrench. Adub4185 says to torque the plug to 18 lb-ft at least for the V8 (this is now confirm by the Camaro Bible--HELM). (if you know the specification for the V6 let me know!)
  • Get all your new oil together and a funnel. The tube is curved (see pic below) so take it easy when pouring the oil in since the funnel probably will not fit perfectly.
  • put on and tighten the oil cap and place the dipstick back in if you removed it. Close the hood, remove the blocks, lower the car, put all your tools away and your done! Start your car up and check for leaks. If there are any, kill the engine and tighten up anything lose. Make sure to dispose of the used oil properly, Auto Zone is a fav of mine.
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Thanks--this was what I needed, fixing to stat changing my oil the next oil change,bought the ramps, looked underneath my car last night to check it out, couldn't find the oil filter, after reading your post it will be easy!!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:47 AM   #53
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Cabin Filter

Time: There is a Cabin filter. I ordered some last week, can't beat the price. Here is the thread with a pic of where to find this filter.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131181

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my local dealer charges $18.95, but that's not for synthetic oil. good price, but for the service i get there, its not worth it. next oil change I'll follow this procedure.

Question: is there a cabin hepa filter in the 2010 and how does one change it out?
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:33 PM   #54
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Ignore this, ddumb question on my part....
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:43 AM   #55
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Spoke to my local Chevy dealer, they want $90.00 for a Mobil 1 Syn oil change. I was like WTH really!!! The service manager said that was before tax. I had to walk outside to ensure I was not at a BMW dealership.
Thank you for the DIY with pictures. If it were'nt for you posting pics I would of been looking for the oil filter under the car. LOL. Not to mention it took me 15 minutes to find the battery.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:57 PM   #56
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Thanks for the DIY made everything very easy, picked up 6 qts Mobil 1 EP and Wix filter at O'Reily's for 34.95 (they have a sale going on right now) and was able to finish in about an hour and a half, that was with eating supper while the oil drained....one thing I need to pick up is a 1/2 socket extender for the filter...guess I don't have one. Thanks again.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:03 AM   #57
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Something you may want to add is that the Oil needs to be Dexos Approved in order for GM to honor the Powertrain Warranty. If you have an engine failure of somesort and they test your oil and find its not Dexos approved, they have a grounds to void your warranty and not cover the repairs.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:57 PM   #58
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Spoke to my local Chevy dealer, they want $90.00 for a Mobil 1 Syn oil change. I was like WTH really!!! The service manager said that was before tax. I had to walk outside to ensure I was not at a BMW dealership.
Thank you for the DIY with pictures. If it were'nt for you posting pics I would of been looking for the oil filter under the car. LOL. Not to mention it took me 15 minutes to find the battery.
Mobil 1 usually runs around $9-10 and for 6 quarts your looking at $60 for oil alone, plus anywhere from 5-10$ for a filter puts you at $70, and of course the dealer has to get paid for their time....so 90$ is not that crazy, but I would never pay them to change my oil anyway. If you have an O'Reilys around they have a summer sale on Mobil 1 EP right now it was 34.99 for 5 qts and a filter and they gave me the 6th qt for half off, so it was a 40$ oil change.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:39 AM   #59
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I would like to thank those folks that developed and refined the oil change procedure for the V6. I am getting ready to do my first change, and was expecting to spin the old canister off and the new one on...Wow! I do see a pretty high oil pressure above 2K rpm until my oil temp gets up tp ~200 DegF, so maybe a canister type wouldn't be strong enough. It looks like the V6 oil filter housing is pretty strong...Anyways, I'm starting to ramble...

Thanks again for the DIY.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:17 PM   #60
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I just changed my own oil for the first time today (I finally put synthetic in)...can anyone give me a good reason why that oil fill line has that silly curve in it? They should have been able to make it straight down...strange...
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #61
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In case anyone was wondering - I just did my first oil change on my 2012 V6 LFX engine and it is identical to the procedure posted here.

I also did not use a torque rench - the lower torque ranges aren't too hard to "feel" - over tightening seems to be more of a concern then under tightening. I'll likely buy a torque wrench though, looks like I may need it for some of the performance mods.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #62
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Mobil 1 usually runs around $9-10 and for 6 quarts your looking at $60 for oil alone, plus anywhere from 5-10$ for a filter puts you at $70, and of course the dealer has to get paid for their time....so 90$ is not that crazy, but I would never pay them to change my oil anyway. If you have an O'Reilys around they have a summer sale on Mobil 1 EP right now it was 34.99 for 5 qts and a filter and they gave me the 6th qt for half off, so it was a 40$ oil change.
well.......just so ya know.......if you go to WAL-MART.....the 5 qt jug of Mobil1 is only $25.....and that is the everyday price, O'Reilys and Auto Zones normal price is $39.....ya'll take your pick, but Wally World is the best price in town no matter where you live. Then all ya need to do is pick out which filter you decide on, oh and of course an additional quart.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:01 AM   #63
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I see one semi-major issue, and that is that the OP used "extended Performance" mobil 1.

That is (to most peoples surprise) NOT certified for performance cars, and is worse than the standard Mobil 1. Anyone with a V8, it is NOT considered acceptable oil.

food for thought
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:00 PM   #64
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Just had to say I love your signature about spanking an 8 with a 6.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:49 PM   #65
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I see one semi-major issue, and that is that the OP used "extended Performance" mobil 1.

That is (to most peoples surprise) NOT certified for performance cars, and is worse than the standard Mobil 1. Anyone with a V8, it is NOT considered acceptable oil.

food for thought
This post is specifically for V6 Camaros. adub4185 has the V8 thread that was posted before this one (as referenced in the OP). The V8 has a whole different oil set up and specs so this thread would not apply regardless.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:25 PM   #66
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This post is specifically for V6 Camaros. adub4185 has the V8 thread that was posted before this one (as referenced in the OP). The V8 has a whole different oil set up and specs so this thread would not apply regardless.
Thanks for writing up the procedure for the 3.4 V6. I'm enjoying Thanksgiving with my nephew who owns a 2010 1LT who wants to learn something about his car. So in the down time I decided to help him learn how to change his own oil. The oil filter location had me stumped until I did some web browsing and found this forum and your post.

Those that think that they are getting a proper oil change for these cars using an appropriate oil and filter for $18.95 are mistaken. Synthetic oil is the only way to go if you care about your car.

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Old 11-26-2011, 06:14 PM   #67
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Thanks for the write up! I just did my first oil change on the camaro. For people concerned Mobil 1, royal purple, and many others are dexos certified, they'll say so on the bottle.

A little note on that O ring... it is fragile, mine broke and that canister leaks like HELL without it! I had to run to the dealer (in a different car) to get one for 6 bucks. Next time I'll try and find a filter that comes with one.

Thanks again, saves a lot of hassle trying to get it done at the dealer!
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:17 PM   #68
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$15.95 at a local chevy dealer!..(hot damn!) why mess with it?



$15.95?

$15.95??

Where is this dealer?

I got my baby's first 5k mile oil change here at the Chevrolet dealer close to where I work (as the one closer to where I live requires appointments at the earliest anywhere from 1-2 weeks out to change oil... wtf?) and was charged no less than $48.00......... for BASIC service.

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my local dealer charges $18.95, but that's not for synthetic oil. good price, but for the service i get there, its not worth it. next oil change I'll follow this procedure.

Question: is there a cabin hepa filter in the 2010 and how does one change it out?



Again... wtf?

I'm really starting to feel the effects of NO LUBE over here at my dealer
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Thanks for posting. Did the first oil change on the car today, took less than 30 minutes once it was up on the ramp (I hate getting the car up on ramps by myself).

For those not sure, WIX filters do come with a replacement O ring. The stock one looked pretty good (only 2,000 on it) so I set it aside to keep just in case I ever damage one
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #71
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just a pet peeve of mine...why not remove your engine cover to get the filter cover off?
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That's what I did, I couldn't get the filter out otherwise.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:27 PM   #73
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Perfect instructions. Including the socket size was a big time saver. I could not get the car on my ramps because of the low profile. I used a jack instead. I did not have to take the engine cover all the way off. After you take the oil cap off you can lift up the cover enough to get the filter cap off. I stuck a towel under it to hold it up. What I want to know is is the Percentage of oil life remaining based on the type of oil used synth vs conventional?
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Thanks for all of this. 'Cept the negatory crap...very helpful.
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nice write-up
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