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Old 02-12-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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I don't have the technical know-how to do my own oil change. In the past when I brought it to the dealer, they charged me 7 quarts.

Last year, I brought 6 quarts of synthetic myself to the dealer to cut down costs. What I want to know is, what exactly is the capacity of my oil tank on my C6?

Page 427 of my manual under Capacities and Specifications specifies 5.5 quarts. Can I bring in 5 quarts for the dealer to do an oil change? I've seen some "DIY oil change kits" at local autozone...they only provide 5 quarts as a standard.

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Old 02-12-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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It takes 5.5 qts with a filter change. Take 6 quarts or top it off yourself afterwards.
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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I use 6 qts, bought in a 6 qt case. Z51 pkg has oil cooler..hence the extra oil.
Really should give an oil change a try. A very simple DIY project.
Undo nut/plug at bottom of oil pan, Oil pours out. Unscrew filter. Done.
Refasten plug, screw on new filter, fill with oil. Done. All of 20 minutes work.
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I do my own oil changes...and only put in 5 qt. I race it, and in my way of thinking I'm better off with 5 qt than being 1/2 too high..

PS .. I Drag race, NOT ROAD COURSE... the oil pick up is at the bottom rear of the oil pan, and being I only run the car 1/4 mile all the oil is at the rear of the pan due to acceleration, & I do not have to worry about oil starvation going around turns as I'm down to 25 mph when I turn off the track...

Also having less oil prevents the crankshaft from splashing through all the extra oil in the pan...

I usually change it every 5000 miles, and if it goes any lower than the bottom mark on the dip-stick I will add 1/2 qt. Although even after 5000 miles and that includes racing most weekends + a 100 mile trip to & from the track (total 200 miles) I've never had to add oil... (guess I'm lucky) my car don't use any oil...
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I don't have the technical know-how to do my own oil change. In the past when I brought it to the dealer, they charged me 7 quarts.

Last year, I brought 6 quarts of synthetic myself to the dealer to cut down costs. What I want to know is, what exactly is the capacity of my oil tank on my C6?

Page 427 of my manual under Capacities and Specifications specifies 5.5 quarts. Can I bring in 5 quarts for the dealer to do an oil change? I've seen some "DIY oil change kits" at local autozone...they only provide 5 quarts as a standard.

Thanks!
Wow! Not much technical know how needed. No oil tank on a C-6 either.
The zo6 has one does but not the regular C-6. They hold 5.5 quarts unless it's a Z-51 then it's 6 quarts.
The drain is a plug on the bottom of the
motor. Can't miss it! Drain then unscrew the filter. It loosens counter clock wise. Same with the plug. Get a Wix filter. Fill it up with oil and then put it on turning clock wise. Tighten as much as you can with one hand!
Tighten the oil plug just snug. Don't over tighten! Drain oil back in to
empty oil jug and take it to recycle!
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:30 PM   #6
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What Rockin'Blue said. Nothing technical beyond lefty loosey and righty thighty.
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Wow! Not much technical know how needed. No oil tank on a C-6 either.
The zo6 has one does but not the regular C-6. They hold 5.5 quarts unless it's a Z-51 then it's 6 quarts.
The drain is a plug on the bottom of the
motor. Can't miss it! Drain then unscrew the filter. It loosens counter clock wise. Same with the plug. Get a Wix filter. Fill it up with oil and then put it on turning clock wise. Tighten as much as you can with one hand!
Tighten the oil plug just snug. Don't over tighten! Drain oil back in to
empty oil jug and take it to recycle!
Don't forget to wipe a bit of clean oil on the gasket of the new filter...
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Wow! Not much technical know how needed. No oil tank on a C-6 either.
The zo6 has one does but not the regular C-6. They hold 5.5 quarts unless it's a Z-51 then it's 6 quarts. The drain is a plug on the bottom of the
motor. Can't miss it! Drain then unscrew the filter. It loosens counter clock wise. Same with the plug. Get a Wix filter. Fill it up with oil and then put it on turning clock wise. Tighten as much as you can with one hand!
Tighten the oil plug just snug. Don't over tighten! Drain oil back in to
empty oil jug and take it to recycle!
Not all dealer tech's know this.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:55 PM   #9
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Get out there and "man-up", get your hands oily, smear some oil on your face, be one with the car.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:08 AM   #10
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Get out there and "man-up", get your hands oily, smear some oil on your face, be one with the car.
I will do my best to "man up" Thanks all of you for your input! I will bring 5 quarts to my dealer, or man-up and do it myself.
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:03 AM   #11
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09 mc6, not z51. I did my first oil change, 550 miles. Pennzoil with pure one filter. Put in 5.5 qts. Dipstick reads down 1/2 qt. Owners manual says 6 qts. What gives?
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09 mc6, not z51. I did my first oil change, 550 miles. Pennzoil with pure one filter. Put in 5.5 qts. Dipstick reads down 1/2 qt. Owners manual says 6 qts. What gives?
I have to state the obvious here: your manual calls for 6 quarts, you put in 5.5, and found the dipstick to read a 1/2 quart low and you're wondering what the problem is? Obviously it needs an extra 1/2 quart added.

I honestly don't know why everyone is so worried about 5.5 vs 6 quarts. Even if your manual calls for 5.5, just throw in the full 6 and call it a day. I don't think there is any engine out there that can't handle an extra half quart of oil.
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I will do my best to "man up" Thanks all of you for your input! I will bring 5 quarts to my dealer, or man-up and do it myself.
Why are you going to bring them only 5 quarts? That's not enough.
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I do my own oil changes...and only put in 5 qt. I race it, and in my way of thinking I'm better off with 5 qt than being 1/2 too high..

PS .. I Drag race, NOT ROAD COURSE... the oil pick up is at the bottom rear of the oil pan, and being I only run the car 1/4 mile all the oil is at the rear of the pan due to acceleration, & I do not have to worry about oil starvation going around turns as I'm down to 25 mph when I turn off the track...

Also having less oil prevents the crankshaft from splashing through all the extra oil in the pan...

I usually change it every 5000 miles, and if it goes any lower than the bottom mark on the dip-stick I will add 1/2 qt. Although even after 5000 miles and that includes racing most weekends + a 100 mile trip to & from the track (total 200 miles) I've never had to add oil... (guess I'm lucky) my car don't use any oil...
Why are you going to bring them only 5 quarts? That's not enough.


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Why do most posters want to put in an EXTRA 1/2 of oil... (I know I'm in the minority) but I prefer to run my car 1/2 qt low... (prevents the crank from splashing through the oil in the pan..

I know of NHRA STOCK cars (I use the term loosely) that when they are trying to run for a record, they use 3 qts of oil in a Chevy small block! (That is for Drag Racing Only) no turns!!

I have had my 05 for almost 3 yrs, and never put more than 5 qts in.. the oil is at the bottom mark on the dip-stick.. I check it often but have never had to add any (I change it at 5000 miles)

I bought the car with 6000 miles on it and now have 17,500 a LOT of them 1/4 mile at a time at 6000+ rpm never any problems !

As for oil filters, I use Carquest and Mobil 1, 5 30 oil...

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Why are you going to bring them only 5 quarts? That's not enough.


Your quote of my post is not correct.. I DO use 5 qts.. but "I" change it myself! I find no need for the extra 1/2 of qt of oil...

I put 5000 miles on between oil changes, with a lot of 1/4 mile runs at 6000 rpm + and still don't have to add oil.. (Guess I'm lucky my car don't use any..) I DO check it often and make sure its only at the 1/2 way mark or bottom mark on the dip-stick... if it should ever go lower I'll add as needed..

I CHANGE MY OWN OIL whoever copied the post it was not my post who said I bring the car to the dealer....

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Why do most posters want to put in an EXTRA 1/2 of oil... (I know I'm in the minority) but I prefer to run my car 1/2 qt low... (prevents the crank from splashing through the oil in the pan..

In the LSx series of engines even if you add 1 extra quart of oil the crank is not going to aerate the oil, so it's not even an issue. But if you run the oil low and take a hard corner and then get on the gas hard, you could starve the engine of oil (which is why the manual says to add that extra oil for racing). Not only that but when you run a smaller amount of oil you are putting more overall stress on that oil, so it's going to degrade faster. That's one of the reasons why a lot of high end European cars like Mercedes and BMW and Jaguar can specify longer oil change intervals than most North American cars, because a lot of them have huge sumps running 7 or 8 quarts of oil.
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Why are you going to bring them only 5 quarts? That's not enough.
I will bring six quarts. I thought since the capacity is 5.5, .5 qt lower would be all right.
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