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Chevrolet Cobalt General Care & Maintenance

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  • How do you know Champion Labs makes oil filters for AC-Delco? Do they make any other products for them?
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 148
    Am getting an 07 LT 1 next week. Does anyone know the thread size of the drain plug? Would like to install a magnetic plug ASAP.

    tia
  • What is the proper level for the brake fluid in the master cylinder? How do you know if it is too low? Do you go by the two dots on the master cylinder? This is for the 2.2 engine.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    not a good idea to top off master cylinder. as this is a good visible cue as to the condition of your brake pads. as they become more worn the level of fluid in the master cylinder decreases.if the reservoir is 50% then check the disc pads for wear. also look for signs of fluid loss. :shades:
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I would always top it off when needed and check brake wear on occasion by looking at the brakes. I wouldn't rely on a reservoir.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    a properly functioning brake system is not designed to be topped off it is a closed system. thats why there is a min. & max. level line. topping off the master cylinder is good for the brake business. it is one of the best ways to generate rotor work. much rather see that light come on for low fluid than just keep adding. :surprise:
  • How and when do you change the fuel filter? There is no mention of it in the owners manual.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I low reservoir like you mentioned gives a good indication of brake wear or other line issues, but as far as I can recall all of my reservoirs on my past vehicles didn't have an line. Basically you fill it up as far as you can with out spilling when the cover is put on. My Chevy S10 doesn't have a line and my brakes never have issues. My rotors general last 50,000 miles or so which or pretty good. My previous Pontiacs didn't have any particular level either.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I don't remember typing that many grammer errors.
  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    harrisblack- there is no serviceable fuel filter on the Cobalt/delta chassis. The newer GM pulse width modulated fuel pump/sending units (FSU's) have a filter integrated into the sending unit. The 'filter' is supposed to last the life of the FSU.

    Joel
  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    A little late on the reply, but the 4T45E is easy to service for the DIY'er. Here is a pic I mocked up compliments of GM: image
  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    Champion labs does not currently make the ecotec oil filter cartridges for AC Delco. They are made by Hengst. Here is a little oil filter "study" I did recently. The Fram and Supertech are the exact same filter made in Bulgaria, the Carquest that is typically a Wix, is an outsourced Korean made filter.
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    Joel
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Wow, oil filters sure have changed. I am used to the metal cased AC/Delco with the metal internal screens that don't fall apart like the cheap internal paper Frams. The Delco's and Wix filters have always shown to be the best in the lab tests I have read in the past including one last year. I have also noticed that the air filters are outrageously priced at about $30 now as well. What ever happened to $5 paper air filters?
  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    I hear you on the prices! I guess on a good note, air filters seem to last a lot longer than the old donut filters of years ago. They don't catch the breather blowby and engine compartment debris like they used to. I really like this drop-in style oil filter. They make for a super easy and mess free oil change. I don't typically buy Fram OF's due to price, but in this case, it's not really a Fram. IIRC, it was $0.10 more than the supertech. They were both around $5.50/ea. The Korean built Carquest was the most expensive at $7.42 and the dealer bought ACD was $5.95. On a side note, the ACD, Hengst built filter is made in the USA. The only one home-built in the bunch.

    Joel
  • Hi all,
    Can anyone give me advice on the proper way to remove the door panels and side mirrors on my 2006 LS Coupe?
    Last night vandals smashed up BOTH my drivers side and passenger side mirrors beyond repair. I haven't had any luck locating a chilton or haney repair book for diagrams.
    thanks! ~ Andy B.
  • jtk152jtk152 Posts: 139
    Andy, I don't have the specifics, but on any GM I've dabbled with, there will be screws around the inside door handle and around the recess for the arm rest. Once you have the screws out, there will be clips all around the perimeter. Gently pry the panel away. Make sure it's a nice warm day. Warm interior panels don't break as easily.

    Joel
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I am a member of a local library which has programs for card carrying members on their website that include a complete auto schematic. I brakes down every single part their is for your car/truck.
  • Will rain X on the winsheild dammage the roof paint and wax?
  • :mad: Will rain X on the winsheild dammage the roof paint and wax?
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    it is my understanding and i'm not saying i know but when properly applied it stays where you put it. :)
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