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Old 05-06-2012, 02:12 PM   #76
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I have 12000 miles on my 1Lt and am doing my second oil change by myself in about an hour from now, this was very helpful. I too was wondering where the filter was and actually located it and was stoked that it is on top of the engine.
I will be using Mobile 5000 conventional oil this time but will be moving up to synthetic on next change. I want to run the conventional oil in it for a while first then change to the synthetic, I have a good friend that is a mechanic and he suggested it, he has never let me down.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:15 AM   #77
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I just did my oil change on my 3.6l.... This will be the second oil change, first was performed by Valvoline. Decided I would do this one on my own. Drained all the oil, replaced the filter, added 6 qt of brand new Dexos approved oil. Checked the dip stick, all looked well. Then I put the old oil back into the 5QT bottle for return to Advanced auto.... It only filled half the bottle.... Which means only 2.5QT came out of my car.... Any ideas?? No way the oil filter holds 2.5QT and even so, I shouldn't have been able to put in 6 qt of oil ... now I am freakin out that valvoline screwed up my last oil change and I ran 5k miles with 2.5Qt of oil....
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:28 PM   #78
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I just did my oil change on my 3.6l.... This will be the second oil change, first was performed by Valvoline. Decided I would do this one on my own. Drained all the oil, replaced the filter, added 6 qt of brand new Dexos approved oil. Checked the dip stick, all looked well. Then I put the old oil back into the 5QT bottle for return to Advanced auto.... It only filled half the bottle.... Which means only 2.5QT came out of my car.... Any ideas?? No way the oil filter holds 2.5QT and even so, I shouldn't have been able to put in 6 qt of oil ... now I am freakin out that valvoline screwed up my last oil change and I ran 5k miles with 2.5Qt of oil....
You never check your oil between oil changes?
Guess not, or you would have noticed before it was down over 3 qts.
You should check your dipstick regularly...at least a couple times a month.
No way to prove anything after 5k miles have gone by.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:50 PM   #79
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Thanks for the DIY OP! Did mine in an hour
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #80
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Ive always done my own oil changes but have not done one yet on my Camaro. What type of ramps do you guys use? I have 2 sets of ramps and cant pull my car up on either of them because it sits to low.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:22 AM   #81
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Not sure if this was mentioned, but I wanted to give a another tip. I just changed the oil on my 2012 1LT for the first time this past weekend, and this was my process, without using ramps:

1. jack front of car up (see jack point image earlier in this thread for correct jackpoints), put jack stands at proper points
2. take off fill cap & filter. Drain pan. Lube & replace filter while it's draining.
3. set front of car down again, and now jack up the left rear of the car. When I did this, the oil pan continued to drain for a good minute or so, even though it had already stopped when the car was level. This is, in my opinion, the best way to get ALL of the oil out of the car before filling it.
4. set the car down, replace oil pan bolt (you'll probably have to jack the front up again to reach it)
5. set the car down, fill up with 6 QTs of Mobil 1, check for leaks, and voila!
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:09 AM   #82
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Thanks for the DIY. Going to do my next oil change myself.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:29 PM   #83
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Just finished mine. Of my wife's Traverse and our Odyssey...the Camaro was by far the easiest. Thanks for the write up. Well Done!
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:24 PM   #84
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:59 AM   #85
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Awesome write up! Anyone know if the old filter drips too bad on the way out? Just wondering if I should lay some rags around the canister when I'm removing it...
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #86
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Am I the only one who checks the dip stick AFTER the oil change?
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #87
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Awesome write up! Anyone know if the old filter drips too bad on the way out? Just wondering if I should lay some rags around the canister when I'm removing it...
Its really not messy, but have a rag handy for little drips. I just did mine again Saturday.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:28 PM   #88
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Great job!! Very detailed!!!
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:20 AM   #89
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what happens if i torque the oil filter housing wrong?
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:05 AM   #90
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what happens if i torque the oil filter housing wrong?
if its too lose....it could leak......if you get it too tight, it could be hard to get off. Personally, I don't "TORQUE" mine, I just hand tighten it with a wrench, and I've never had a problem.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:09 PM   #91
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Alright. I will hand tighten.

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if its too lose....it could leak......if you get it too tight, it could be hard to get off. Personally, I don't "TORQUE" mine, I just hand tighten it with a wrench, and I've never had a problem.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:12 AM   #92
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Alright. I will hand tighten.
Just so ya know, look at the top of your filter housing. on its top, molded into it is the torque value, 25 Km which is 18.5 ft-lbs. So thats not real tight....just to get you a reference as how tight to get it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:28 PM   #93
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I just want to ask if its worth the money to have full synthetic oil such as mobil 1 on a V6, I haven't changed my oil yet, and my camaro's agency is saying that only delphi is GM certified, so by not filling my Camaro with delphi I might void the warranty!! So I just want to know if having mobil 1 worth arguing my agency abt it? FYI, I must change my Oil every 6213 miles at the agency not to void the warranty. (It just feels right to me to change the oil after 1800 miles)
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #94
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I just want to ask if its worth the money to have full synthetic oil such as mobil 1 on a V6, I haven't changed my oil yet, and my camaro's agency is saying that only delphi is GM certified, so by not filling my Camaro with delphi I might void the warranty!! So I just want to know if having mobil 1 worth arguing my agency abt it? FYI, I must change my Oil every 6213 miles at the agency not to void the warranty. (It just feels right to me to change the oil after 1800 miles)
Around here Mobil 1 full synthetic is pretty affordable. Synthetic is definitely recommended. Actually, the Camaro calls for 'Dexos' approved oil and Mobil 1 is 'Dexos' approved right on the front of the bottle. No worries. Heck, Mobil 1 is (or used to be) the factory oil on many or all GM vehicles.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:08 PM   #95
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Excellent write up! Just used for reference in completing my first self-oil change EVER! Thanks a ton!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #96
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I spilled the crap out of my oil the first time. The drain plug is at an angle and it shot out almost horizontal when I removed the plug.

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Just fyi....
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #97
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My ex worked at Jiffy Loob and they bought an average of one new engine a month, mostly because the parolees they hired would forget to tighten the drain plug or forget to put in the oil. Probably because they were busy looking up skirts through the grate.
I worked at a Jiffy Lube for 3 years while I was in high school and part of college, in all that time we had our share of incidents, but nothing worse that what a dealer or any other shop sees. Most could be attributed to problems that had been long standing. Non-sealed battery came in dry and blew up when we turned the key (well, blew a vent cap, but it sounded like an honest to god explosion), car came in with a spark plug hanging from the plug wire and tried to blame it on us, that sort of thing.

We only ever had a single incident that involved a motor replacement, which was attributed to a bad batch of filters with incorrectly machined threads (filter came loose while driving and yeah... that ended badly...)

Did everything go exactly by the book 100% of the time? Definitely not, but I'd wager a guess that we were no worse than a dealer or any other shop.

Oh, and about the whole looking up skirts through the grate thing? Totally true.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:06 PM   #98
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Just changed my oil today using this write up. Made my life so much easier. If I hadn't had it, I would have found out half way through the process that I did not have the correct socket for the oil filter. Thank you much.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:07 PM   #99
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Thanks for the great write up. My Firehawk has an LS1 engine, and I was expecting this oil change to be similar. I came here to check, and I'm glad I did.

I'd like to make a couple of comments. My old car was a Porsche Boxster, 1999. Those cars had some serious design flaws related to oiling. As a result, a lot of testing and research was done by a few good Porsche repair shops (independant). The consensus was overwhelmingly that the best synthetic oil to use is Castrol with Syntec (black bottle). Mobil 1 used to be the best, but a long time ago, they changed the formula. It is now mediocre. The new formula saves them money, but doesn't change the price. Stuff like Royal Purple and Amsoil can be good, but tend to be very inconsistent in their makeup. I now only use Castrol with Syntec.

I also use some aluminum tape to tape an old hard drive magnet (rare earth magnet) to the side of my oil filter housings. This is a road racer trick. It helps trap any metal bits that may be in the oil, and makes it pretty obvious when abnormal wear goes on.

Thanks again for the write-up. Off to change the oil and wash the car for the first time.
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I helped my buddy change the oil on his 2012, these instructions look solid, good job.

If it helps anyone, heres an article we put together on HowTune: 2012 v6 Camaro Oil Change Guide
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