Has anyone seen or used this one?
2011 you get free oil changes for the first 4 years so what am I worried about ;-)
Ok I feel a bit like a dumbass since I know my way around a car, but I cant seem to find the oil drain plug ?
Ive got an 08', and crawled around under the car looking for the plug, and its no where to be found. The pictures that are attached are not the same bottom end as what i see ?
Long story short, I dont see anything that would be a definate drain plug ??????
Any help would be appreciated.
I'lll add that its an AWD, so a bit different, but still no definate plug in sight ?
I watch mechanics do most of my oil changes - just had one done today - 08 CTS RWD. Never saw the mechanic remove any shroud underneath the car. Drain plug was fully accessable.
Curious that oil was also drained and plug reinstalled and then filter was removed/replaced. I realize that filter sits upright on top so I guess oil naturally drains out completely when drain plug is removed. Not like the old style - upside down filter installs.
Didnt see him take the upper shroud out either - must have just moved it slightly to gain full access to filter - but maybe not. Not sure.
2011 CTS 4, Good Directions. Followed them and even no spills. BUT tried to follow the oil maintenance light reset instructions in the manual. No luck, the reminder light won't go out. Any suggestions? 10/26/11
I had an idea to make oil changes easier. As we know the filter is easily accessible, but the drain plug is a lot more effort. How about installing a Fumoto valve on the drain plug - the one with the hose (http://www.qwikvalve.com/). Make a small hole for the hose to permanently hang down a couple of inches. Then make another cutout big enough to reach in with your hand to work the valve. Save the cutout and put some kind of hinge-type mechanism (perhaps just some stiff rubber) to make it a clean install.
Does this sound like it will work? I've only just got my 2nd gen CTS and have not done an oil change on it. Comments?
BTW, I'm not looking for comments on the merits of the Fumoto valve itself (I know some people don't trust them).
has anyone else have any luck with the fluid extractor? or perhaps can also vouch for "griots garage fluid extractor" ... it feels kinda iffy if one person tired it and it works while others say it doesnt. checked out prices for griots and its about $100 shipped, a little too expensive to try out for an experiment.
Used that all the time when I lived in a townhouse where you arn't supposed to be working on your car. Works great. But if the filter is under the car, you have to drive up on ramps anyway and crawl under the car so you still need a drain pan.
THX for the PIX and the "experience" posts. They help a lot. #2 change next week will go much better. Next project is cabin air filter.
Not to take away from the thread but the in-cabin air filter will be much easier than the oil change! 5 minute job...Originally Posted by ceperlar
Can you do one of these for the trans oil ? Please tia