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Old 07-06-2006, 11:08 PM
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mobile1 synthetic is better anyway..... and cheaper they ran a dyno test ina few grand prixs betwee the two and the mobile1 was better.

P.S. I would have NEVER found that filter if it wasnt for this... THANK YOU!
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Old 07-10-2006, 12:09 AM
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Why is the filter so flippin tiny? Wouldn't a larger filter provide better/more filtering capacity? I recall the monster of a filter that I used on my '85 K5 Blazer (I did opt for the 1-qt filter for the 350 though).
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lol a 350 is 5.7 liters..... cobalt is 2.0-2.4 ..... thats why its smaller. It took like 5 seconds to chhange that filter..... you dont need to waste 25$ on a dealership to do it with your own oil haha...... ill do it for you for 13$!
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Originally Posted by asyferme
Why is the filter so flippin tiny? Wouldn't a larger filter provide better/more filtering capacity? I recall the monster of a filter that I used on my '85 K5 Blazer (I did opt for the 1-qt filter for the 350 though).

There are many reasons why GM has switched to the cast-in oil filter.

First, is staying with their commitment to the environment. The cast-in oil filter grately reduces waste and the oil that remains in the filter is virtually zero.

Second, is convinence of the top located oil filter location. No more crawling under your car. (however, I think that they could have come up with a better cap. I feel that I will easily strip the threads or break off while loosening/tightening it).

Third, efficency has greatly improved since your arcaic '85 Blazer (good vehicle, don't get me wrong). Everything is smaller and better these days.

Supposedly, they have been in use in Europe for many years now.

For more info (the only reason I know all this is when I went to change the oil on my wife's first 05 Cobalt LS sedan and I was like "Where the $^&@#& is the filter" and above is what I found out when I googled it over a year ago).

http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/...veh/index.html

http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/...lt11_29_04.pdf
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:35 PM
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Question Our Cars Are Being Invaded By European Parts

Has anyone noticed that underneath the oil pan a little to the left it says
SAAB
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by pimpnwink
Has anyone noticed that underneath the oil pan a little to the left it says
SAAB


lol
Welcome to last year! lol

Yep its a SAAB engine it is!
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Originally Posted by chipmonk212121
lol a 350 is 5.7 liters..... cobalt is 2.0-2.4 ..... thats why its smaller.
...but ...but ...but the old '93 Escort with the 1.9 had a bigger filter that this one Now that I think about it, reading some replies, technology has advanced a bit. Sure do miss that K5 though. Goodwrench crate 350, 4spd man, 6" lift, 35 A/Ts, custom radio delete, and it's fair share of body cancer. Man I miss offroading.
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:39 PM
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How many lube points does the Cobalt have?

All you guys that are doing your own oil changes - did you buy a lube gun or what?

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Originally Posted by Enuffboost
How many lube points does the Cobalt have?

All you guys that are doing your own oil changes - did you buy a lube gun or what?

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I'm not sure there are any. My old S-10, on the other hand, had 11. My Fiero has 6.
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None?
So then it must be factory sealed - like some Fords - which isn't good in the long run.
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They must work OK since many cars have had sealed ball joints and tie rod ends for years. I'd feel better, however, seeing some grease fittings there myself.
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The extent of my experience with the sealed units are with Fords...where you change tie rods as oftern as you do tires...!!!


So ours is facotry sealed then?
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Originally Posted by Enuffboost
The extent of my experience with the sealed units are with Fords...where you change tie rods as oftern as you do tires...!!!


So ours is facotry sealed then?
Yes ours are factory sealed per my dealership...
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doesn't the ss take 5 quarts not 6.5?
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Originally Posted by hardtocope
doesn't the ss take 5 quarts not 6.5?
6 flat is what's recommended, and when I changed mine it put me right in the middle of the dipstick.
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then for the base its 5 quarts?
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Originally Posted by hardtocope
then for the base its 5 quarts?
Not sure on that one...
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what about an oil stabilizer? Like Lucas Oil Stabilizer?

http://www.eliteone.com/lucas.htm
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make sure its 6 1/2 quarts - 6 is not enough!
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Old 08-23-2006, 02:47 AM
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not a correction on any part just a dont forget 4 everyone!
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Originally Posted by Enuffboost
The extent of my experience with the sealed units are with Fords...where you change tie rods as oftern as you do tires...!!!


So ours is facotry sealed then?
I hear that.....i have a lemon-ass focus which i change the tie rods/ which go from the control arm like 8 times!
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Two things.

1. The correct size socket is 32mm not 1-1/4". They are different.
2. Putting in more oil than recommended is a good way to damage your engine. I little low is better than a little too much as long as you oil pressure is good. It may also give you troubles if you ever have the car in for warranty work.
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Originally Posted by cawpin
Two things.

1. The correct size socket is 32mm not 1-1/4". They are different.
The difference is about 1/4 of a mm.

I have the 32mm socket, and its loose enough that 1/4mm either way would never be noticed.
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Dealership guy told me that the cars computer on oil life works on a key turn ratio. The salesman told me it measures viscosity and temperature and blah blah blah. The service guy told me that the cobalts work on a key turn ratio. For example. the mroe times you start your car = the more clicks you get which bring the % of your oil life down. I had an issue with that because I do alot of highway driving and I was only at 50% with 6000 miles. It scared me so I went in for an oil change. They guy told me if it was city driving then my oil life would probably have been more around 25%.

I'm not going to trust that oil life guage thing and just change my oil every 5000
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My dealer told me to bring mine in every three months or 3000 miles which ever came first. I have free oil changes for 36000 miles so **** ill bring it in at 2500-2800 miles.
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