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Chevrolet Malibu Oil Changes/Service Questions



  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    On I4, I have to wonder how much of a mess will occur.

    No mess at all: changing oil in I4 is a piece of cake and the five
    quarts last a lot (about 7,000 miles by the DIC).
  • rjcamprjcamp Posts: 4
    . Use a J 44887 to remove the oil filter cap on my 2007 2.2. malibu?.
  • rjcamprjcamp Posts: 4
    I want to use synthetic any recomanditions on an oil?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I have used both mobil 1 and pennzoil platinum sythn 5w-30 in my 04 Maxx LT.....158k and going strong...change per the GMOL which averages out between 6.5-7K miles between changes...
  • rjcamprjcamp Posts: 4
    Thanks for the info I'm not sure of the lingo GMOL Did you use a gm filter ?
  • I just use, I believe, a 30mm socket I bought at Sears. :shades:
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    From reading various discussions on oils, I concluded that no one
    really knows if oil A is better than oil B if A and B are both
    synthetics. Determining a winner would require a regular chemical
    analysis correlated with many cars' driving patterns. Both Mobil and
    Castrol advertise their synthetic oils as the best, as do smaller
    vendors -- see e.g.

    You can't go wrong with Mobil One -- at least, for Malibu.
    But you won't go wrong with Castrol's Syntec, either.

    Your car will die from something else before it dies from picking
    an inferior synthetic oil, if there is any.
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    I use 32-mm for 2.2L Ecotec in Malibu 2005 -- should be the same in
    2007, I believe.

    Consider using a torque wrench; never overtighten the cap -- the
    correct torque is printed on the top of the cap (should be 25 N*m = 18
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    GMOL...General Motors Oil Life of the functions in your DIC...digtial information center....tells you the percentage oil life remaining between changes...
  • Ok so maybe it is a 32mm socket. I know I didn't have one that big and bought one to do my own oil changes. So I'm a cheap scape. :D
  • I've been using Wal-Mart brand Synthetic without a hitch so far. 08 Malibu I4 now has 73,000+
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    I asked before but nobody replied -- now is a good time to repeat the question.
    I know that the filter is under the engine -- saw it.

    Will I be able to unscrew it by hand? Is there enough space under it to use a standard drop pan, without running the car on some props first?

    I won't do the oil change till, probably, May, but I'd like to have an idea before I try.
    Easy? Hard? Tools needed?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Need a filter tool, do not tighten more than 3/4 - 1 turn after gasket just touches by hand . All can be done by not lifting, just a little tight
  • malexbumalexbu Posts: 169
    Thanks! And from a reply at the Maxx board, I conclude that in addition to the filter, there is a plug there, too -- just like in the 2.2L engine I know pretty well.

    So, first the plug, with a 15mm wrench, then the filter, with a special "filter tool"?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Not sure on plug wrench, car is gone. I know it is less than 15 mm, more like 14 or 13.
    On filter wrench I use the the socket made for filters with 3/8 drive, it's either stamped metal or plastic, any parts place will have them.
  • doing a oil change on a 2006chevy malibu..oil filter is loacated where? what does it look like? what tool do i need?
  • Which engine the V6 or the 4?, on the V6 the oil filter is right behind the radiator (looking underneath the car) and easy to get to, no tools needed for the filter removal, just for the oil change bolt.
  • schollescholle Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    Where can I get the right socket to remove the oil filter on my 4 cylinder 2009 Chevy Malibu?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Autozone, Advance Auto Parts, just ask for the filter socket for the Ecotec engine. Same one fits all. I think the # 14700.
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