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post #1 of 31 Old 01-05-2010, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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For those doing your own oil change, how are you doing it?

I've always done my own oil changes. So of course, I know how to do it. The reason I'm asking is because I've always owned trucks/suv's and all I did was slide underneath and do the oil change no problem. My son drives a Matrix and for that one I drive it up the plastic rhino ramps which is also a piece of cake.

How are you changing the oil at home for your Camaro? I'm definitively not trying to use the same plastic ramps for the Camaro. I don't trust them on the Camaro, plus just thinking that I might drive past the ramps (already happened once with the Matrix) and end up running over them frightens me. I'm just looking for a simple and fast way. Also, is Purolator a good option for the filter? I've read about wix and k/n but those are not easy to find around here.

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i just got a set of rhino ramps from O'Reillys and they say they can handle up to 8000 lbs. and they have chalks on the end so you don't drive over them. but just to be safe than sorry, always have a spotter guiding you on and keep your left foot/right hand ready to press the brake/pull the e-brake just in case.

as for the filter... i've always used a fram oil filter on my truck, but for my camaro i plan to stick with the OE filter. by the way what is the OE filter?

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Jack and jack stands worked fine for me.

If you have a napa near you...napa gold oild filters are the same as wix. (part #7060 for LS3).

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Jack and jack stands worked fine for me.
x10 - the only way to do this IMO.
Block a wheel or two and jack it up. Support it with a jack stand or two if you like.

I'm glad I still have a truck, slide under and do the work

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We've always used ramps..but the old metal ones with a steep incline and very, very, very little lip on the end. When I had the S-10 I ended up driving over them..that was an interesting experience.
I want to get a set of the plastic ones since it has a much shallower incline and a bigger lip at the end.
Gonna be fun trying to drive a stick up one of those things though..need a third leg.



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we either use the ramps or the jack and jack stands. the ramps are quicker. and we have the rhino ramps that have the lip at the end... i've never had problems with them and i've been using them since 1999.

also, i only use AC Delco filters (auto zone and pep boys sell 'em around here) and i think the 5th gen uses a different ones that the 4th gens and even the GTO did. i can't quite remember off the top of my head but i think it was PF47. PF46 is for LS1's and i think PF48 was for the GTO... or maybe that's our Silverado i'm thinking of... i'd have to go home and check. lol.

i'm sure purolator would be fine tho.



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I'm glad I still have a truck, slide under and do the work
That's what I do with my Avalanche. Too easy.
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We've always used ramps..but the old metal ones with a steep incline and very, very, very little lip on the end. When I had the S-10 I ended up driving over them..that was an interesting experience.
I want to get a set of the plastic ones since it has a much shallower incline and a bigger lip at the end.
Gonna be fun trying to drive a stick up one of those things though..need a third leg.
I drove over my ramps with my son's Matrix. Messed them up both and had to replace them. I will not try to go up the ramps with my manual. Screw that.
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Hey guys, thanks for all your input.
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Word to the wise, I got some low-rise rhinos I got back in 2002 when I got the "old" Camaro with an M6 (no issues with them), and thought I might use them to get up under the new Camaro...hmmm. Wasn't going to clear the front lower air dam rubber lip. They may have newer ones that are even lower for Corvettes and such since then, but if you've got an older pair, check to make sure. I'm going to have to get some new ramps for the new Camaro.

I've never had an issue using ramps and placing a couple of jack stands for backup under there.

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