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Old 05-12-2009, 02:21 PM
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Does anyone have pics of the oil passageways in the filter housing on the engine? I am curious how the oil flows.
The oil enters the housing from an opening near the top of the picture; it goes through the filter media and exits through the horseshoe-shaped opening in the bottom.

The small opening in the center of the bottom is a drain that is normally plugged by the O-ring on the filter. With the engine off, the housing remains full of oil. When you unscrew the filter cap and remove the filter, the O-ring opens the drain and the oil runs out. In other words, the filter stays full when you shut off the engine so its always primed for your next startup.

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Thank you very much! That makes a lot of sense and answered all of my questions.
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does the tc take 6 1/2 quarts also?
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Thumbs up The 10 min oil change

well, it might have been if I had the right size socket! So thanks for posting that method. I did my first since my car's out of warranty and I'm not paying the stealership to do it any more. $42 for oil, $8 for a filter (oh and $8 for the 1 1/4 in socket!

Thanks to my fellow Seecarclub dude!
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:57 PM
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Think Autozone or Pep Boys will have the filter?
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:04 PM
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I don't see why they wouldn't
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I don't see why they wouldn't
Actually to make things better Pep Boys is lame about it. All they have is the Purolator model not the AC Delco, FRAM, or Pure One...Nice right? At least the Purolator gets 97.5% efficiency (not the Pure One 99% but I'll have to order that and time doesn't permit that for this change, which I'm doing in about 20 minutes). Another thing too is the manual says the engine only has 6 qt of oil so I don't know why people are throwing in more unless there's something additional for that extra half a quart or more.
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people are throwing in more than 6 quarts because when they only put in 6 quarts the dipstick says the levels low...
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Well I did the change and let me explain this nightmare.

1) Ramps I had weren't low profile enough so the bumper would have been torn off and I loathe jack stands so that was another trip to Pep Boys.

2) I did it at my mother's where my father's tools are plentiful (yet there was no 1-1/4 inch socket so that was another trip to Pep Boys)

So finally after I get everything, put the car back up on the ramps it's fun time. I go for the filter first since it is the hardest. The cap unscrews oh so easily but trying to get it and the filter off is a totally different story. Unfortunately, my arm just doesn't bend the way GM envisioned when they stuck that supercharger on the motor so it took me quite a while just to get my hand in the proper position to get the cap off and pull the filter out of the slot. I had to go under the supercharger because my arm's too big to go in from the top. Once off, there wasn't much problem getting the new one in, replacing the gasket, and recapping it. The oil drained out easy enough and yes that Saab on the bottom was pretty neat to see and kind of funny. I guess the Cobalt isn't really a true Chevy (but what really is pure to one company anymore anyway, no biggie).

6 quarts went back in though. Dipstick or not I'll follow the manual. I don't want to cause any damage to the engine.
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ForsakenOutlaw57 View Post
Well I did the change and let me explain this nightmare.

1) Ramps I had weren't low profile enough so the bumper would have been torn off and I loathe jack stands so that was another trip to Pep Boys.

2) I did it at my mother's where my father's tools are plentiful (yet there was no 1-1/4 inch socket so that was another trip to Pep Boys)

So finally after I get everything, put the car back up on the ramps it's fun time. I go for the filter first since it is the hardest. The cap unscrews oh so easily but trying to get it and the filter off is a totally different story. Unfortunately, my arm just doesn't bend the way GM envisioned when they stuck that supercharger on the motor so it took me quite a while just to get my hand in the proper position to get the cap off and pull the filter out of the slot. I had to go under the supercharger because my arm's too big to go in from the top. Once off, there wasn't much problem getting the new one in, replacing the gasket, and recapping it. The oil drained out easy enough and yes that Saab on the bottom was pretty neat to see and kind of funny. I guess the Cobalt isn't really a true Chevy (but what really is pure to one company anymore anyway, no biggie).

6 quarts went back in though. Dipstick or not I'll follow the manual. I don't want to cause any damage to the engine.

well you don't want to do any damage then you better check the dipstick. if the oil isn't in the "safe zone" you better get oil in it to get it in there... or else you'll be running it dry
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As long as he puts in the right amount and the engine is leaking oil, it should be fine. Most dipsticks do not reflect the proper level anyhow. In every Ford I've owned, the proper fill amount results in the oil level somewhere between MIN and MAX. The only Ford that has a properly marked dipstick is my 07 Mustang GT. 6 qt (called out in the manual) with a filter change puts me right at the MAX mark.
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well you don't want to do any damage then you better check the dipstick. if the oil isn't in the "safe zone" you better get oil in it to get it in there... or else you'll be running it dry
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As long as he puts in the right amount and the engine is leaking oil, it should be fine. Most dipsticks do not reflect the proper level anyhow. In every Ford I've owned, the proper fill amount results in the oil level somewhere between MIN and MAX. The only Ford that has a properly marked dipstick is my 07 Mustang GT. 6 qt (called out in the manual) with a filter change puts me right at the MAX mark.
Precisely. It isn't leaking oil and I put in the 6 quarts like the manual said. I think that GM would know what to print in the manual. If it needed more than 6 quarts they'd say that it needed more. They aren't going to print the wrong quantity, cause damage to the engine, and thus be liable for it. She runs just fine, there are no lights on, and nothing leaking.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:20 PM
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Mac tools sells the oil filter socket for like $12 and it's cast aluminum so that you really can over torque the cap down.
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Just changed my oil with this:
http://www.skymall.com/shopping/deta...d=102716746&c=

this thing is friken bad ass, no more jacking up the car or getting ramps, this thing sucks the oil right out through the dip stick.

I put in 6 quarts exactly and started the car up and let it run for a minute, checked the stick and its at the full level, i am going to check it again in the morning just to make sure.

Alldata says 6 quarts of oil so that is what i put in, i will update in the morning about the level. But seriously everyone should invest in this thing, its bad ass!

I also purchased a 1 1/4 socket from sears for like 7.99, worked like a champ.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:40 AM
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please post a few updates i would reli like to see how this works out for you
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Update: Checked my oil this morning after letting it sit a good 10 hours, shows max level. So that being said, 6 quarts of oil looks to be correct.
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Yeah - 6 quarts is what the SS/SC takes...
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The reason i posted the update on the amount of opil is because this whole damn thread people have been arguing about how much oil to put in the car.

I will get some pics of the oil ectractor up here too, this thing is so bad ass...
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:11 PM
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just bought my mac tools specialty socket for this for only $12, snap on wanted $29
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actually I'm pretty sure the filter socket is a 32mm but 1 1/4 works too.
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Originally Posted by Slobalt09 View Post
actually I'm pretty sure the filter socket is a 32mm but 1 1/4 works too.
32 mm is *slightly* larger than 1.25" (we're talking less than 1%), so if the 1.25 fits, that's your best bet. But like you said, either should work fine. Not like you're torqueing it to 100lbft or anything.
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Will this work the same way on a 2009 Cobalt SS/TC?
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Originally Posted by m0ore4ustin391 View Post
Will this work the same way on a 2009 Cobalt SS/TC?
Yeah, same filter and same location - it's actually much easier to reach. The charge piping is kind of in the way, but not nearly as bad as the supercharger. Definitely recommend a 12" extension.
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Yeah, same filter and same location - it's actually much easier to reach. The charge piping is kind of in the way, but not nearly as bad as the supercharger. Definitely recommend a 12" extension.
Cool, thanks!
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My car is still running great with the mobil 1 0w30 and napa gold filter. I have gone 5500 miles now but this weekend I am doing the oil change. I have read though you can run mobil up to 10k miles as long as you change the filter out. Can anyone verify if this is true?

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