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Old 12-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #57
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They definitely changed the monitor for more frequent oil changes when they re-flashed mine.
At 4,500 miles I'm at 16% and that is when I change it. Before that at 4,500 I was at 45%. Same driving, some city some freeway.
Currently using Dexo's.
They must have changed something on the 2012s because mine shows about 54% at 4,000 miles. I usually change mine at 50%.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:47 PM   #58
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I will turn over 133,000 today. The chains do not last as long as the engine. Good news, most can do this themselves
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #59
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I can understand a car that has 100K plus miles on it for the timing chain(s) to be worn out (not that I'm going against the grain there...), but a car with only 14K miles? That sounds like a definite defect to me. I wonder what percentage of low mileage cars have this defect?
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #60
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I can understand a car that has 100K plus miles on it for the timing chain(s) to be worn out (not that I'm going against the grain there...), but a car with only 14K miles? That sounds like a definite defect to me. I wonder what percentage of low mileage cars have this defect?
Think a design flaw is a more accurate description.... IMHO
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:45 PM   #61
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Not saying there isn't some sort of a design flaw in the engine, but after talking with some master mechanics of whom I'd consider to be pretty damn knowledgeable....change that oil every 3 - 4,000 miles. Just do it. I always have anyways and plan to keep my car on the same schedule, and hopefully that will be the trick to keeping my engine healthy for a very long time. But hearing it from them makes me feel a bit better.

They said the engine is a great powerplant, but it will gunk up otherwise, which of course increases the risk of other problems.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:58 PM   #62
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I'm going with design flaw, along with low oil, as to the cause of this. My engine was clean.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:04 PM   #63
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Here was my engine on tear down with 131,000 miles on it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:48 PM   #64
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Well, I have to do something. Just got the CEL again yesterday. Stopped by autostore and got the following codes:

P2099
P0008

Look like I am going back to dealer.

I fear it will need the time chain replaced. I hear that is expensive.
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Not sure how much it costs in the Camaro, but the number i've seen int the transverse vehicles like the Acadia is about $2,800...

Also, even though you are out of warranty, might want to ask the dealership about a "good will" repair since the timing chain issues is so well known...
Aren't the timing chains covered under the powertrain warranty?!?!
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #65
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Aren't the timing chains covered under the powertrain warranty?!?!
yep... but the powertrain warranty is only 100,000 miles... these guys are over that...
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:10 PM   #66
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Well, I have to do something. Just got the CEL again yesterday. Stopped by autostore and got the following codes:

P2099
P0008

Look like I am going back to dealer.

I fear it will need the time chain replaced. I hear that is expensive.


What the hail is going on with these engines?? Sounds like the annoying GM intake gasket failure equivalent.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #67
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If you want to hear a ticking noise I will let you listen to my 2011 SS auto engine. I took it to 2 dealers before I put any mods on and they both told me that it is fine and they all do it. It sounds like the motor has 100,000 miles on it. I can really hear it not that I put the new exhaust and headers on. I hate going to a car show and everyone asking me why it is ticking. Sorry I just had to get that out of my system...
If its normal, what is it they say is actually ticking?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:43 PM   #68
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yep... but the powertrain warranty is only 100,000 miles... these guys are over that...
Oh . . . my 2010 still only has 22k miles on it . . .
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:30 PM   #69
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Congrats on the miles. So, you did the chain. Any other issues I should be looking out for? .
The blower motor is another problem I have read about. Sorry I screwed up and posted one photo twice instead of the correct one that I left out. But here is my write up. Also, I ordered the blower online and saved over forty dollars than what the dealer wanted for the blower. So you can do it yourself and save an hours labor at the dealer, plus whatever the price they were going to charge you.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265265
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #70
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How hard is it to change the timing chain yourself?
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