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Old 04-05-2007, 12:10 AM
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heres a dumb question i feel stupid for asking. but um i was changing my oil, and the drain plug fell in the container i was draining the oil into, i got the drain plug out and i cant remember if it has a brass gasket or is it just sealed by the rubber thats on the plug
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:39 AM
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alright thanks, i was fishing around in the container for a while looking for a brass one, then got annoyed that i couldnt find it and so i looked at the plug and saw the rubber on it. and wasnt sure if that was the only seal it has, i couldnt remember from the other times ive changed it. damn other vehicles with the brass gaskets getting me confused if this one had one or not. but once again thx
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So whats right? Firestone always put 5 quarts in when I took it to them, so did my dealership... Is it supposed to be 6.5 or 6? I have a 2.2
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:54 PM
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I just did my SS/SC with 6 quarts and nothin is showin up on the dipstick. My dad did everything right and we aint sure whats wrong. Im goin to buy more oil now.

Maybe i checked the oil wrong. I left the car off for a couple minutes after the oil changed and checked it but nothin was showin. If i add oil, can i check right away or do i have to wait a couple minutes?
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I dont want to read all through this... but id like to add the filter should be removed first before the oil plug is removed to get all the oil out. It will take less oil if you do it the opposite way.
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Originally Posted by potatoe View Post
I dont want to read all through this... but id like to add the filter should be removed first before the oil plug is removed to get all the oil out. It will take less oil if you do it the opposite way.
Not quite sure what you mean...car takes 6 quarts (the ss/sc, anyway...2.2 is 5 quarts, and I believe the 2.4 is as well, but I'm not sure), with or without the filter. I start the oil draining first, only because the filter can be a PITA to get to, so I'd like to know that time isn't being totally wasted.
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:04 PM
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I've only been using 6qts of Mobil-1 Oil, is that bad?
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I've only been using 6qts of Mobil-1 Oil, is that bad?
Nope, that's exactly what you should be using.
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No six quarts is right, i was just putting it out there. Ive seen so many people say a 2.2 only takes 4.5L... really it takes 5 done correctly.
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Originally Posted by PolishPauL View Post
I just did my SS/SC with 6 quarts and nothin is showin up on the dipstick. My dad did everything right and we aint sure whats wrong. Im goin to buy more oil now.

Maybe i checked the oil wrong. I left the car off for a couple minutes after the oil changed and checked it but nothin was showin. If i add oil, can i check right away or do i have to wait a couple minutes?
I checked a half hour later and the dipstick said it was full or even overfilled. I dont know what i did wrong the first time. Are you supposed to drive around for a lil bit or leave the car alone for a while before you can check the oil level?
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:47 PM
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^^^I usually run my car for a few min on a flat/level surface before I check the dip stick.
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Originally Posted by poolboyz02 View Post
^^^I usually run my car for a few min on a flat/level surface before I check the dip stick.
Running it's not so important, but a level surface definitely is. If you change it on ramps, back off and let it sit a few before you check it. If your driveway is inclined, park it on the street, etc. etc.
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:39 PM
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I do, I held it for about 2 minutes and it wouldn't reset. Can someone help me please!
I just got mine done too and it won't reset.
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Turn the car on but dont start it and press the gas peddel 3 times to the floor that will reset it too.
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OMG!!! That is that is the dumbest thing I ever heard......BUT IT WORKED! My friends are all laughing at me.
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Ok there are conflicting numbers here. The instructions say 6.5 quarts, others are saying 6 quarts flat.

Which one is it?

6 quarts or 6.5 quarts

I only want one right answer.

Not a few people saying 6 and a few people saying 6.5

Thanks.
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See what I do here... is I have all my stuff the filters and oil... then I got up to my dealership and they do the oil change for me for $7.39!

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Ok there are conflicting numbers here. The instructions say 6.5 quarts, others are saying 6 quarts flat.

Which one is it?

6 quarts or 6.5 quarts

I only want one right answer.

Not a few people saying 6 and a few people saying 6.5

Thanks.
It is 6.5 quarts!

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Old 04-26-2007, 11:45 AM
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OMG!!! That is that is the dumbest thing I ever heard......BUT IT WORKED! My friends are all laughing at me.
Any GM that has an oil life monitor can be reset this way.
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Originally Posted by arsenal21 View Post
Ok there are conflicting numbers here. The instructions say 6.5 quarts, others are saying 6 quarts flat.
My service manual says 6 quarts flat, and that fills it right to the middle of the dipstick. Perhaps the '05 models have a higher capacity?
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Old 05-05-2007, 12:31 PM
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New filter PF457G (old was PF456G)

Is there any reason why I can't just drop the filter in without the cap and then screw the oil filter cap on? It makes getting it in there a lot easier. I am always worried the filter might touch something dirty on the way into it's place and putting it in while attached to the oil filter cap makes it harder to put it in. I put my filter cap on after I put the new PF457G in and when screwing in the cap I hear a click (filter snapped into place). I pulled it out of course after to make sure that noise wasn't the filter cracking but at that point it just snapped onto the cap....

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Old 05-09-2007, 12:23 PM
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Ok, I know I'm going to look stupid but I have to ask. I normally use Fram filters. I've heard and seen people telling me that they are only problems and they are cheap quality.

What is the best brand possible out there to buy for a decent price to avoid trouble ? Any help would be appreciated.
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What is the best brand possible out there to buy for a decent price to avoid trouble ? Any help would be appreciated.
AC Delco will be fine. You can get them at a discount from Crate Engine Depot if money is an issue.

Right now, there are only a limited number of choices, since this is still a relatively new design. So far I've only seen AC Delco, Purolator, and Fram.
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Originally Posted by css9450 View Post
AC Delco will be fine. You can get them at a discount from Crate Engine Depot if money is an issue.

Right now, there are only a limited number of choices, since this is still a relatively new design. So far I've only seen AC Delco, Purolator, and Fram.
Money is no problem at all. I don't race or anything it's just I've seen people talk about other brand. Problem is I live in Canada and we don't have evertything I need lol.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:36 PM
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Filter

wat is the part number for the Cobalt ls oil filter
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:12 PM
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fun times it took forever to change my oil because the dealership did it last time and they tightened the oil bolt so dam tight and it took awhile to find the right size wrench thatcould fit in to get the oil filter out
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