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I've been picking through the oil change thread and seen pics posted of filters and links & talk of the required socket to get at the filter.

I have a pretty shallow socket that still would not clear the plastic cover above it. Nor can I see how to get the plastic engine cover off. Now I am a pretty mechanicly inclined guy, have changed out rear diff seals, fuel pump on my truck, recently did wheel bearings on it but some what I seen under the hood scares me.

I'm not due for an oil change for awhile but intend on doing it early. I just want to be prepared.

So... Could someone post a how to with pics next time they do theirs?

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I posted a thread about the socket for the oil filter. Amazon sells it for about $7 + Ship.
I looked at my engine cover. Havent tried to remove it for fear of Breakage.
 

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Nice find! Didn't think about looking elsewhere.

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This forum is a big help. Got my oil filter socket today because of the posts about it. Also got a couple of Bosch oil filters. Best price and a good brand of filters - about $6 apiece. Ready now in a couple of weeks for the first oil change.
 

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what is the opinion of all here about when to change to synth. oil? I like to do a change of stock oil at 1000 miles, at that now. I normally go to synth. oil at this time. Is there a reason not to? Thanks,
 

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The easiest way to change the oil is go to the dealer and tell them you JUST want the oil/filter change, do not do a Maint. 1 or 2. :p
 

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The easiest way to change the oil is go to the dealer and tell them you JUST want the oil/filter change, do not do a Maint. 1 or 2. :p
I have a lift in my garage and enjoy doing minor maintenance on my vehicles. The Malibu is probably one of the easiest oil changes to do - after getting the right socket tool. It is not messy either. After hearing about the oil shooting out of the drain plug, I was prepared and had my oil catch basin in just the right spot. Synthetic in, dino oil out!:)
 

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Changed mine today 2188 miles. Easy job, switched to Pennzoil Synth. I did find two metal shavings in the filter so I bagged & tagged it.

Oil life meter was only at 83% at that rate and the way my wife drives... the first oil change would be due at 11,000 miles. No way would I wait half that long on the first one.
 

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Changed mine today 2188 miles. Easy job, switched to Pennzoil Synth. I did find two metal shavings in the filter so I bagged & tagged it.

Oil life meter was only at 83% at that rate and the way my wife drives... the first oil change would be due at 11,000 miles. No way would I wait half that long on the first one.

With synthetic I would see no problem with going that far, though with a filter change in between. The way the Malibu is set up, changing the filter only should be pretty easy.
 

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I don't have any ramps (yet) and any easy details around what anyone has that works for length/height/incline angle or even make/model of ramps would be appreciated?

I was concerned about being able to clear the ramp considering how low the car is. I'm ready to do my first oil change and really appreciate all the good info in the forum. Thanks
 

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I don't have any ramps (yet) and any easy details around what anyone has that works for length/height/incline angle or even make/model of ramps would be appreciated?

I was concerned about being able to clear the ramp considering how low the car is. I'm ready to do my first oil change and really appreciate all the good info in the forum. Thanks
They make some nice ramps now - for low cars like Corvettes - that you can remove the drive up section after your car is there, though its best to have her nice and level while in the air. A sloped driveway is good for that. Too bad you are not close, could swing by and use my lift. Doing Vette headers tomorrow and installing some clear mask on a Caddy and another Vette.
 

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I don't have any ramps (yet) and any easy details around what anyone has that works for length/height/incline angle or even make/model of ramps would be appreciated?

I was concerned about being able to clear the ramp considering how low the car is. I'm ready to do my first oil change and really appreciate all the good info in the forum. Thanks
I bought a set fo plastic ramps from Auto Zone for around $40 and they work fine. I have no problems with clearence at all and they are pretty stable.

http://www.autozone.com/selectedZip,78155/initialAction,accessoryProductDetail/initialR,1569970/shopping/selectZip.htm
 

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I'm going to put in my two cents..

For anyone getting ready to do this, be prepared for an oil stream that will knock your socks off! (now on to an explanation)

I have drain pan that has very shallow sides, and the top is used as the collection basin, with the reservoir below. The oil shot out with such force, and at a shallow angle, that it ricocheted over the sides of the pan and splashed onto the floor. After a second i was able to push the pan back MUCH farther and minimize the splash-over, but then there was a very fine dribble that fell straight down from the plug.

Since the plug is horizontal, i think this exacerbates the problem.

Did anyone else have this happen to them?

BTW, with the Lisle filter socket, that part is a dream...

ferb!
 

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I have deep sides in my collection pan (open top style).

This was actually the very first oil change I ever did where I didn't spill so much as a drop!
 

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Thanks for the warning. Haven't changed the oil in my Bu yet, but I did have that happen with my Honda outboard the first time I changed it. It shot about 3 feet past the bucket, and all over my shoe, before I could move the bucket. A small drain hole on the bottom of 7 quarts of oil really throws a pretty good stream.
 

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This is an easy car to change the oil.

1. I run my Malibu up onto two ramps I bought at walmart.

2. Drain the oil into a container bought at walmart. Clean the drain plug and tighten. (Not to tight)

I use a "BIG" crescent wrench to unscrew the cap to the oil filter on top of the engine.

3. I carefully remove excess oil from inside the filter location with a clean paper towel.(optional)

4. Snap on a new FRAM oil filter from Walmart, and screw it in to the engine tight, but not to tight.

5. Next I pour in one 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 5W30 full synthetic motor oil. You guessed it, bought at Walmart.

6. Like I said at the beginning. This is one of the easiest cars I have ever changed oil. Your done, log the oil change in the back of your owners manual.
 

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i just bought the socket off amazon and picked up the K&N filter too. I switched to synthetic right after i bought the car, it had 30k on it and i havent had a problem.

Do any of you change the filter every other oil change?
 

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i just bought the socket off amazon and picked up the K&N filter too. I switched to synthetic right after i bought the car, it had 30k on it and i havent had a problem.

Do any of you change the filter every other oil change?
I normally do this with synthetic, but have been running it in my Honda Civic and just going by the DIC indicator and changing the oil and filter at about 8K. I am going to gauge how far the Malibu goes indicated by its DIC and then decide how to operate with it.
 
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