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When did you first get the oil changed on your new Equinox/Terrain (in Miles)?

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Pick the answer that most closely matches the mileage at which you completed the first oil change on your Equinox or Terrain. No oil change yet? Pick the one you'll go for.
 

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I just completed it a couple hours ago. Pennzoil Ultra and a Pureone at 872 miles. **** did that oil shoot out of the pan. ;D
 

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jmlock said:
I just completed it a couple hours ago. Pennzoil Ultra and a Pureone at 872 miles. **** did that oil shoot out of the pan. ;D
Make one of these...hold it up against the oil pan until the forceful flow subisdes...

After you drink the beverage...making the "diverter" is FREE...2 thumbs up
 

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Sweet ! What was that container from and what size drink ?
 

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MOCHANOX said:
Make one of these...hold it up against the oil pan until the forceful flow subisdes...

After you drink the beverage...making the "diverter" is FREE...2 thumbs up
How did you remove the plug and get that thing up there without making a mess?
 

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Mochanox, why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the idea.
 

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RIT333 said:
Sweet ! What was that container from and what size drink ?
Gatorade...can't remember the size now (label is obviously gone just like my mind)...
it's lasted for years...
Almost anything can be used as long as it's stiff and has a large mouth opening for the drain plug to fall thru...

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How did you remove the plug and get that thing up there without making a mess?
Keep in mind a drip or 2 is waaaaay better than a couple quarts of dirty oil on the ground...just crack the drain plug loose until you can rotate with your fingers...then hold the diverter up and unscrew the rest of the way letting it fall into the diverter...it will fall thru the bottom if your bottle neck is large enough...most bigger mouth plastic bottles have a large enough opening to let it fall through...wear latex gloves, I do to keep my hands from getting smelly (and dirty)...the wife hates the smell of oil and automotive products on my hands...
Also remember the forcefull stream is relatively narrow...maybe an inch in diameter so you can leave enough of a gap for your fingers to unscrew the drain plug and then when the flow starts go ahead and snug it against the pan...even the first time I only got a little on my fingers which does NOT happen anymore....so a little practice makes perfect...

jmlock said:
Mochanox, why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the idea.
Doesn't really matter...you know the old sayin'...better late than never
 

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I've never had a problem with the pressure of draining oil into a pan. Did you have the oil fill cap off? If you leave it on the oil won't come out so forcefully. Then after you come out from under the car, you can remove the cap to help the oil drain faster.
After all the oil is out, I use a pencil magnet to retreive the plug, wipe it off and re-insert it.

Is this problem on the 4 cyl, 6 cyl or both? How many others have this problem? I don't.
 

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jmlock said:
I just completed it a couple hours ago. Pennzoil Ultra and a Pureone at 872 miles. **** did that oil shoot out of the pan. ;D
How much of a mess is it when you pull the filter out, and was there any sludge in the bottom of the filter canister that you had to wipe out?
 

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Don B said:
How much of a mess is it when you pull the filter out, and was there any sludge in the bottom of the filter canister that you had to wipe out?
Pulling the filter was as clean as possible. Not a drop spilled. You can wipe in there if you want, but I saw no need to do so. I did the change maybe 30 minutes after it had been driven.

As for the drain, I guess you could always use one of these quick valves. I actually used a Fram one long ago. But it comes with a tube that attaches to the valve so it drains right into your container.

http://www.qwikvalve.com/home.php
 

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I saw that Fram quick drain valve a few years back and thought there's something Fram makes that I would buy....not their filters though, but that valve looks OK. I don't know if Fram makes it or repackages it. It does take the mess away if you are having drain problems.
 

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GARYD said:
I saw that Fram quick drain valve a few years back and thought there's something Fram makes that I would buy....not their filters though, but that valve looks OK. I don't know if Fram makes it or repackages it. It does take the mess away if you are having drain problems.
I used it on my Z71 several years ago, but then I traded the truck without taking it off. I didn't even think about it until I made the little mess yesterday and then seeing Mocha's bottle. D'oh. ;D
 

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I did my first oil change at 2K and then 5K. Then every 5K. I'm using Pennzoil Platnum.
 

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at 3800 miles the OLM said I still had 75% remaining.

The dealer said my first oil change was free when I bought the car, so I had them change it at 4,000 miles. Much longer that I would have typically waited, but I sure wan't going to wait until the OLM said 0%, it would have been around 12,000 miles!

I will probably change it every 5k or so from now on.
 

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I did the change at 1180something. Oil was really black, much more than I expected with just ~ 1200 miles. Filter looked free of debris. I drove the car on the highway and surface roads for about 30-40 minutes before the change. Like someone else I went with penzoil plat and pureolator filter. I plan to change it again at 4k then start changing it at 5k so long as the oil report looks good.

On another note according to the DIC I picked up almost 2mpg right after the change, I'll be curious to see if that holds.
 

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At 1119 miles with 87% oil life right now. At that rate, it won't reach 0% until around 8,600 miles! I'll probably do the first change when the OLM says 35% and then at 20% in the future.
 

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Only have 1000 miles on. I've heard so much variation on when to do it & am undecided. I have a free oil change from the dealer and will probably do in the middle of the month before I head down to Chicago on a road trip.
 

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i too get first oil change free...i called my dealer's service dept. he said there is no break in or cheap oil put in...he said i could do what i want, but said he waited til display said needed to change. i think i will wait as well.
 
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