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Quick question on the ecotec4 engine. I bought the correct socket for the oil filter. My question is when you take off the filter cap does a lot of oil leak out? I just don't want to be caught off guard. My first oil change is about a month away.
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I changed mine a couple of weeks ago. I had a rag ready so I could plan for the worst but to my surprse there was little to none. I would still have a rag ready so you can catch any drops from the filter itself. I hope this helps.Kevin
 

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Is anybody using a topside oil change?
 

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kevman said:
Sorry for my ignorance but I am not sure what you mean.

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Kevin
Sorry for any confusion. Topside just means changing the oil from under the hood only - without going underneath the vehicle or using a lift or ramps.
 

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wbassnp007 said:
Sorry for any confusion. Topside just means changing the oil from under the hood only - without going underneath the vehicle or using a lift or ramps.
I have thought about it, as this would be the only way in which I'd be willing to change my own oil (picky HOA), but I'm worried about the records at the dealership. Will they try to void my powertrain warranty because I can't prove that I changed the oil myself? (I know by law they can't void it if I do it, but what if they say I never did).
 

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quantumbyte said:
I have thought about it, as this would be the only way in which I'd be willing to change my own oil (picky HOA), but I'm worried about the records at the dealership. Will they try to void my powertrain warranty because I can't prove that I changed the oil myself? (I know by law they can't void it if I do it, but what if they say I never did).
This is an interesting point that you raise. If you kept accurate records of each change with date, mileage, % of oil life, and even products used, etc., nobody would question you.
 

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No, they will NOT void your warranty if you do your own oil changes. They can tell if the oil has been changed or not when they crack open an engine.

My next oil change will be topside. Its frowned upon in our apt complex so its the only way to do it and Im not going pay $50 to get it changed when I can do it for $20.

Just remember, OPEN the fill hole first before you pull the filter out or you might get some vacuum pulling the filter off the filter cap. Then, it might get messy.

Also, just an FYI, if you are a smaller guy you can slide under the vehicle and change it without ramps. Ive done it before.
 

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No, they will NOT void your warranty if you do your own oil changes. They can tell if the oil has been changed or not when they crack open an engine.

My next oil change will be topside. Its frowned upon in our apt complex so its the only way to do it and Im not going pay $50 to get it changed when I can do it for $20.

Just remember, OPEN the fill hole first before you pull the filter out or you might get some vacuum pulling the filter off the filter cap. Then, it might get messy.

Also, just an FYI, if you are a smaller guy you can slide under the vehicle and change it without ramps. Ive done it before.
Please keep us informed how the change goes for you. I too have the pneumatic vacuum oil extractor. I'm waiting for my first oil change. I think that I will use it on my other vehicle, pressure washer, and mower first.
 

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Ive probably got a few months at least. Hopefully itll last until after winter. Dont want to change it when its cold outside.
 

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I am not trying to be a jerk or anything but the original post was about a whole different subject. Some people call this highjacking a thread. Not a big deal to me but on some forums its frowned upon. I believe his question was about any oil leaking with this type of filter.

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kevman said:
I am not trying to be a jerk or anything but the original post was about a whole different subject. Some people call this highjacking a thread. Not a big deal to me but on some forums its frowned upon. I believe his question was about any oil leaking with this type of filter.

Kevin
Also frowned upon on many forums is what is called vigilante moderation. All posts have been about changing the oil so I fail to see the thread hyjack. Now, if we were talking about changing the color of the interior lights then maybe I can see the complaint.

We have a pretty decent moderation staff here and if you feel something is out of place, feel free to report the posts and thread.
 

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kevman said:
I am not trying to be a jerk or anything but the original post was about a whole different subject. Some people call this highjacking a thread. Not a big deal to me but on some forums its frowned upon. I believe his question was about any oil leaking with this type of filter.

Kevin
As you can see from many of the other threads in the entire forum, the initial posting is sometimes addressed and then the flow of thought naturally follows the thread to other logical ideas. This is perfectly normal and follows a natural progression of thought from the initial posting. This is why the label "thread" is appropriate. I agree with bball, he is right on the same thread. By the way, do you have any opinion on topside oil extraction? In fact, we could start a new thread regarding appropriate subject matter to be discussed, and how far away from the initial idea is allowed. My question is, how would we measure the distance. It's not an exact science where we could use calipers. However, remember one of the ammendments of the constitution has to do with free speech. One reason why the forum is so great is because we can feel free to comment, offer our opinions and facts, or not. To each his own.
 

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wbassnp007 said:
My question is, how would we measure the distance. It's not an exact science where we could use calipers.
Which reminds me, has anyone measured distance with caliper lately? JK :)
 

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quantumbyte said:
Which reminds me, has anyone measured distance with caliper lately? JK :)
A caliper is used to measure the distance between two opposing sides of an object. I was just being clever. Nobody could actually measure the distance a topic for discussion is from the initial thread with a caliper since we are dealing with ideas and thoughts, not objects. 8)

I guess we are getting off the subject though. Perhaps we could return sometime. I remember a thread some time ago regarding the correct procedure to change the oil. I don't think anybody mentioned if removing the filter housing was messy or not. The kevman filled us in on this! Thanks for the info.
 

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wbassnp007 said:
A caliper is used to measure the distance between two opposing sides of an object. I was just being clever. Nobody could actually measure the distance a topic for discussion is from the initial thread with a caliper since we are dealing with ideas and thoughts, not objects. 8)
Oh, I got you, it was my way of veering off topic even further, just like this.
 

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quantumbyte said:
Oh, I got you, it was my way of veering off topic even further, just like this.
I like your cartoon picture. What is that you are holding? Not calipers of course, perhaps a magnifying glass?
 

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wbassnp007 said:
I like your cartoon picture. What is that you are holding? Not calipers of course, perhaps a magnifying glass?
Not holding anything, just giving my Equinox the thumb up :)
 

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No need for me to report anything. That is for the innappropriate stuff. I guess I am used to the more vigilante types of forums. This will be refreshing. Good luck with the oil change discussion. Its good to know that there are a lot of people who like to change their own oil. I find it is very easy to do on my Equinox. My last car (Mazda 6) was difficult. And it was impossible to drain the oil without it dripping on the exhaust. Then there was a burnt oil smell for a while.

Kevin
 
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