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Old 12-17-2007, 09:40 PM
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i just did my oil change for the first time... and im never doing it again!! i swear i spent 30 minutes just getting the oil filter and cap out of the engine bay!
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:57 PM
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i just did my oil change for the first time... and im never doing it again!! i swear i spent 30 minutes just getting the oil filter and cap out of the engine bay!
its really quite easy once you get the hang of it the trick is to loosen the cap first and then reach under the blower and finish removing the oil filter and cap.
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:11 PM
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to reset the oil life thingy just turn the ignition to ON but dont start the car then push the pedal 3 times and it should reset in about 5-7 seconds. Thats how most GM cars are that have that feature
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:39 PM
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what size do I need to remove the actual bolt in the oil pan. He never says it
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15mm^

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.
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no there is not
I am not sure if anybody answer this question or saw this, but there is a drain plug
https://www.cobaltss.net/forums/show...change+oil+M62

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Old 12-29-2007, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Immortal Technique View Post
what size do I need to remove the actual bolt in the oil pan. He never says it
the oil pan drain plug is a 15mm socket or wrench which ever you prefer.

and about the s/c drain plug ya i asked the next day when i got to work about that and ya they said there is one there but does not need to be changed for quite a while. i just forgot to post my correction.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:32 AM
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Good job on the instructions!

Just so people know I have a 07 with a 2.2L and i am in canada and put in 4.5L it requests 4.7L with filter but i would rather it be .2 L low then .3 high. I work at a garage so i have the use of a hoist. As for people putting down fram. The only difference between these filters is the materials that is being filtered. I use ACDelco myself but we also use Fram for some customers and we had one guy come in that he hadn't had an oil change for 20,000 kms and i pulled the filter out and it was fine...very black but fine. My boss has used fram filters for year and had never once had a problem with them. He is going on like 30 years being a mechanic :S...haha
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:56 PM
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2007 SS/SC - I used 6.5 qts, I know the manual says 6qts, but that was at the bottom of the dipstick for me.

For the record as well, I used:
PureOne Oil Filter - (not nearly as good as the original from what I could tell)
Mobil1 Fully Synthetic - Bought a case at Costco and a quart at an auto parts store
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:23 PM
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i work at a dealer and for the 2.2L and 2.4L we use 4.9L of oil puts it at the exact full mark and for the 2.0L we use 6.0L of Mobil1 again also puts it at the exact full mark. and we have never had anyone come back because of overfilling the oil.
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Originally Posted by GreenPurgatory View Post
PureOne Oil Filter - (not nearly as good as the original from what I could tell)
How can you tell?
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Originally Posted by ColeJJones View Post
i just did my oil change for the first time... and im never doing it again!! i swear i spent 30 minutes just getting the oil filter and cap out of the engine bay!
The first time was a pain in the ass, but after another time or two you will learn the secret that you have to turn the filter and cap a specific way and it comes right out. I have no problems changing my oil filter in under 5 minutes.
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where can get cheap oil...any ideas?
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Originally Posted by iLLmaTic3s View Post
where can get cheap oil...any ideas?
You can get "cheap" oil anywhere, but don't use it on an ss/sc...best price I've seen for Mobil 1, though, has been Wal-Mart. 5 quart jugs are usually in the low 20s. You can either grab an extra quart with it, or measure yourself out an extra quart from another 5 can.
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i only use mobil 1 in my car...
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The best filters to use are Factory filters, AC Delco, Mopar, MotorCraft. next id use either mobil one or Amsoil filters. All others are crap!!!!
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Originally Posted by Frankruffolo257 View Post
The best filters to use are Factory filters, AC Delco, Mopar, MotorCraft. next id use either mobil one or Amsoil filters. All others are crap!!!!
Mopar? On a Cobalt?

Does Mobil 1 and Amsoil even MAKE filters for these cars?
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:24 PM
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First of all GREAT posting. It will be very helpful when I need an oil change next time. I took my car in to the dealer and they charge up the wazoo. screw them, im gonna do it myself.
Question:
1) I have the 2.0L engine, Should I use all 7 quarts of oil?

2)Is it hard to pull the old oil filter out? Its burried pretty well under the supercharger
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Originally Posted by ricetimo View Post
First of all GREAT posting. It will be very helpful when I need an oil change next time. I took my car in to the dealer and they charge up the wazoo. screw them, im gonna do it myself.
Question:
1) I have the 2.0L engine, Should I use all 7 quarts of oil?

2)Is it hard to pull the old oil filter out? Its burried pretty well under the supercharger
you will not need to put 7 in your car..... the ss/sc only take 6.5 quarts and i just use the other half a quart to flush the system when i change my oil b4 i put the 15mm bolt back in.

yea thats just the way ti is ... like it has been stated a few times above you just ahve to find the right way to take it but but its not that hard and after the first time you will knwo whats going and its a snap.
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Originally Posted by 06VMI06 View Post
you will not need to put 7 in your car..... the ss/sc only take 6.5 quarts and i just use the other half a quart to flush the system when i change my oil b4 i put the 15mm bolt back in.

yea thats just the way ti is ... like it has been stated a few times above you just ahve to find the right way to take it but but its not that hard and after the first time you will knwo whats going and its a snap.

On the 2.0L it only requires 6 quarts. You need to leave the car sit on a level surface for 30 mins or so for the oil to drain down to the pan. It will barely show on the stick after putting it in, but trust me just give it some time and then it will be correct. Otherwise you will be overfill and not good if your running high RPMs.
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i have a question about doing a oil change. Is it best to drain the oil after you drive when the oil is hot as i heard it makes sure all it gets drained without a little staying in there. Is this true or does it even matter?
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Originally Posted by CobaltCpe View Post
i have a question about doing a oil change. Is it best to drain the oil after you drive when the oil is hot as i heard it makes sure all it gets drained without a little staying in there. Is this true or does it even matter?
ya its better to drain it while its still warm/hot rather then when its cold as when you've been driving it the oil becomes less viscous allowing it to flow better.
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ya its better to drain it while its still warm/hot rather then when its cold as when you've been driving it the oil becomes less viscous allowing it to flow better.

so when i unscrew my drain plug should i be wearing gloves since the oil could burn me or does it not really squirt. I am going to do my first mobil 1 oil change next week as i already have all the stuff.
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well be smart let it sit and cool down a tad (20-30 mins if it's good and hot).
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Originally Posted by CobaltCpe View Post
...should i be wearing gloves...
They say you should be wearing gloves since used oil contains chemicals and gasoline and other bad things that may cause cancer, etc. However, I don't wear gloves. With a little practice you can get that drain plug off with little or no oil getting on your hands.
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ya after a little practice but i don't wear gloves either and im a lube tech at a dealer. but ya if you just came off like a 2 hour drive then let it cool down a bit before you drain it. and make sure that if any oil gets spilled to clean it up properly and dispose of your old oil properly. usually if you take the old oil to a dealer they will dispose of it for you for free.
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