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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Change

I know there is an indicator when you should get this done.
Mine is currently at 38% oil life.
In about a month, we are taking a 9 hr one way road trip.
I dont want to "need" an oil change while I'm gone. Any ideas on when this should be changed?
When does it typically give you the "CHANGE OIL NOW"?

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Re: Oil Change

Many of the earlier model years allowed the OLM (Oil Life Monitor) to go 10000 miles before indicating an oil change was needed. With the incidents of the timing chain problems in the earlier models (2009 especially) GM issued a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) for those earlier models to have a new program update done to the vehicle.

This resulted in many of the OLM's now registering only about 5000 miles before indicating an oil change is needed. Many on these boards change oil around 5000 miles even if the indicator has not come on, and just reset the OLM back to 100% after the oil change. It is really up to you if you want to change earlier or follow the OLM. Just remember to check your oil level regularly because a few who waited for the 10000 miles and never checked their oil level found only a quart or two left in the engine, and a build up of sludge.

Here's a discussion about the OLM and when it goes off. Your model may vary. I think yours is set up for around 5000 miles. Based on your 38%, you must have around 3000 miles since it was at 100%?

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Number=2193128

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Re: Oil Change

I think its about 10% or 5% it starts warning you.
(ive never gone below 46% on mine- as mine would go 10,000 at 0% roughly). (but I change oil at 5000 miles)

But Do you have any idea of what your estimated % drop per 1% is?

you could roughly calculate how many miles you have left to your oil change... and whether it will pop up on your trip.
(yeah with my log book- I can calculate stuff like this---but Im a nerd when it comes to that stuff)...

or- the better solution would be to- a few days before your trip- get an oil change....
and drive the trip with fresh oil.

with 1 month left- youll drop your % life another 10 points or so...
So I would just change it and feel good.

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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Oil Change

I have no idea when it was changed last ... I called the dealer and he is going to do it free of charge

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Re: Oil Change

ok, sounds good that its being done free.

In case you show up to get it done- and they say its not at 0% yet- just tell them youre about to travel 5000 miles round trip....

But once the oil is changed- for the night park on level ground- and the next day pull out the dipstick and check where the oil level is on a fresh fill of oil....
This will give you a good reference spot.


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ok, sounds good that its being done free.

In case you show up to get it done- and they say its not at 0% yet- just tell them youre about to travel 5000 miles round trip....

But once the oil is changed- for the night park on level ground- and the next day pull out the dipstick and check where the oil level is on a fresh fill of oil....
This will give you a good reference spot.

Great advise, thanks!

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Re: Oil Change

When the dealer does your oil change, make sure he uses a Dexos approved oil and the PF63 filter. Your 2011 model specifically notes these items for use in it. The Dexos oil will be at least a synthetic blend, if not 100% synthetic. The oil filter is a larger capacity filter which was upgraded from the PF48 which were used up until the 2010 models.


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Re: Oil Change

some 2011's left the factory with PF-48's....
which lead to a small bulletin from GM- saying it was OK to use the PF-48.
Some owners were concerned they had PF-48 when the manual said PF-63.....

But they can both be used... The PF-63 is bigger- with more filter media...
though as per UOA- the PF-48 does a good job.


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Re: Oil Change

On long trips I change the oil before I go and then again when I get home. Especially If I have been towing the camper.

I figure better to be safe then sorry.!!!

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some 2011's left the factory with PF-48's....
which lead to a small bulletin from GM- saying it was OK to use the PF-48.
Some owners were concerned they had PF-48 when the manual said PF-63.....

But they can both be used... The PF-63 is bigger- with more filter media...
though as per UOA- the PF-48 does a good job.

I believe the bulletin said it was OK to use the PF48 from the factory, but the PF63 should be used when the factory filter was replaced at the first oil change?

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