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Old 10-19-2007, 01:30 AM
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I have heard that when draining the oil, not only do you unscrew the oil pans oil but there is another bolt for the excess oil in the supercharger. I have heard thats its somewhere close to the regular oil pan bolt.... ??
i have never done that ever and i've done probably close to 100 ss/sc oil changes. the only cars that i know of that are GM that have 2 drain plugs are the corvette Z06's.
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:18 PM
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I wanna know where you get mobil 1 syn for $20 for 5 quarts? It costs me atleast $50+ for it. I switched over to royal purple now though, bought a case of it
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7 quarts!!! ???
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:30 PM
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my car burns a lot more oil with fully synthetic mobil 1
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:14 PM
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i know this thread has ten pages already but, i just did the first change in the balt, pics helped me find the filter

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I wanna know where you get mobil 1 syn for $20 for 5 quarts? It costs me atleast $50+ for it. I switched over to royal purple now though, bought a case of it
walmart... i just did it last night

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Old 10-30-2007, 02:11 AM
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So, is there anothr drain plug for the SC? I'm getting ready to do my second change, and I guess I will take a look, just curious if anyone knew if there was or wasn't.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Beretta View Post
So, is there anothr drain plug for the SC? I'm getting ready to do my second change, and I guess I will take a look, just curious if anyone knew if there was or wasn't.
no there is not
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:03 AM
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I put 6.5 qts in my car is my engine going to be okay?
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:22 AM
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drain some out as overfilling your engine with oil can cause damage to your vehicle and is not covered under warranty
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Thanks OMM, didnt think there was, just wanted to make sure.
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Old 11-09-2007, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by L.P. View Post
I put 6.5 qts in my car is my engine going to be okay?
the how to says to put 6.5 in

i put 6.5 q in and it still said on the dipstick only 2 bars were full, should i put in the other 1/2 quart or just leave it?

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Old 11-09-2007, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Beretta View Post
Thanks OMM, didnt think there was, just wanted to make sure.
no worries. and 6.0 L = 6.3 quart's. that is how much goes into the cobalt ss/sc. so if you guys are putting 6.5 quart's in your putting too much in. now .2 quarts won't do much but you don't want to take the chance.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:49 PM
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the best filter for price is the factory one, if you dont mind the money, AMSOIL filters are the BEST! I run 8quarts of mobil 1 thru my HEMI, only has 18k on it.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankruffolo257 View Post
if you dont mind the money, AMSOIL filters are the BEST! I run 8quarts of mobil 1 thru my HEMI, only has 18k on it.
does amsoil make a filter for our cars? i looked on their site and they specified a Wix filter, not that that's bad (wix filters are excellent) but they don't list an AMSOIL filter for our cars.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:24 PM
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Why is it that, when you do your oil change and reset your oil life... it goes from like 100% down to 80% sooo damn fast and then the rest of the time it takes a while. As some one said... because of the suposud second drain thing for the supercharger, its why the oil life goes down so fast from 100%
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by a_bal View Post
Why is it that, when you do your oil change and reset your oil life... it goes from like 100% down to 80% sooo damn fast and then the rest of the time it takes a while. As some one said... because of the suposud second drain thing for the supercharger, its why the oil life goes down so fast from 100%
I have the same issue with my 2.2. I changed my oil last Sunday, I'm already at like 96% and I haven't driven much at all.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankruffolo257 View Post
the best filter for price is the factory one, if you dont mind the money, AMSOIL filters are the BEST! I run 8quarts of mobil 1 thru my HEMI, only has 18k on it.
Frank do you have an Amsoil part number for the Cobalts?
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My SS S/C takes exactly 5 quarts... you're supposed to check the engine oil while the oil is warm, NOT after the car has been sitting overnight. You run the car to operating temp, let it sit on level ground for about 5 minutes or so, and THEN check the oil. I put 6 quarts in and it was only on the 2nd bar of the dipstick, put another half quart in and that put it right at full.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:47 PM
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So today i attempted my first self-oil change and I really didn't get far. The oil drain plug was effing impossible to get out so i ended up just taking it to a minute lube and paying $25 for them to do it. Has anyone else had a problem similar to this?

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Old 12-16-2007, 06:55 PM
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Probably just extra tight from the factory as a impast gun is probably used. Plus they would rather it be to tight then not enough and fall out resulting in a blown engine.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:08 PM
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ya if its your first oil change on the car the plugs are usually pretty tight. you have to bang on the wrench a little bit to loosen it up. if you've taken it to a dealership or other lube place to have your oil changes go and smack them upside the head for overtightning the drain plug
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:15 PM
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or you could really save by going to express tire and joining there members club and getting a free oil change the first time and then after that its only $13 for every oil change which is about the same that we would spend on buying the oil ourselves
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THANX I DIDN'T HOW TO DO IT..LOL
BUT NOW I KNOW SO ITS ALL GOOD
DON'T FORGET TO RESET YOUR OIL LIFE PERCENTAGE ON YOU DASH TOO
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by mrsilent13 View Post
or you could really save by going to express tire and joining there members club and getting a free oil change the first time and then after that its only $13 for every oil change which is about the same that we would spend on buying the oil ourselves
5 quarts oil, sale price $2.49, and a mail-in rebate on each - $7.50
1 Pure One filter, buy one, get one free - $3.49
Knowing it was done properly and not by some punk kid at express tire - Priceless.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:36 PM
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5 quarts oil, sale price $2.49, and a mail-in rebate on each - $7.50
1 Pure One filter, buy one, get one free - $3.49
Knowing it was done properly and not by some punk kid at express tire - Priceless.
true dat but i saw the special and went ahead with it....i like to do all the work to my car myself but since i was getting tires and went ahead and did the oil change too...and really $13 isnt a bad deal
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