You are in the second generation forum, Tia. You have a first generation. There are lots of threads about the ATF change but it isn't at all easy.
how do i access the pictures?
I didnt see this mentioned in here,..... what oil are you guys using? Im assuming 5-30 mobil 1 but any particular kind? Are they meant to be run on full synthetic?
Thanks for the info!
Yes, full synthetic Mobil1. I use the 5 quarts from Wally World and add a quart of 10W-40 for my 6th quart.
Since I live in Florida we have the heat for quite a long time, hence the additional quart of 40 weight vs. 30 weight.
On my 2012 CTS AWD you only have to remove the four 10mm bolts to remove the shield and access the drain plug. The plug itself is 15mm and it's on the left (driver's) side. Be sure to stay safe and use jack stands before you crawl under.
Just read through this thread as I'm planning to do the oil change on our 2010 Wagon 3.6L. Thanks everybody for the very helpful information!! To those of you who are using ramps: are you still jacking the car higher than the ramps? (for safety, I assume - or do you let the car stand on the ramps while crawling under??) If you jack it higher, won't the ramps be in the way for putting jack stands behind the front wheels?
I drive my wagon onto a 2 x 6 and then up the ramps. I chock my rear wheel.
So you just need to raise the car 2 inches to get it on the ramps? I have the same ramps and I'm trying to figure out how to drive it up themQuote:
Originally Posted by tinman
I actually use one longer 2x6 and place a shorter one on top of that to drive up on. That way I don't have a huge "bump" to initially drive up on.
I have an 08 also...no shroud underneath. I don't see how you could get to the filter without taking the engine shroud off though...No tools necessary for it so you may have just missed him take it off. I find that a bit more oil pours out when you take the filter out so I would definitely remove it before putting the drain plug back in.
Does anyone know the replacement part number or source of these push pins? I have had my 2008 CTS di for a couple months now and am getting a very noticeable vibration drone recently from about 40mph and up. Crawling under the car I notice the shrouds don't appear to have been put on properly, the one behind the front one overlaps it and several of the push pins are loose, the center of the pin coming down about 1/4"-1/2". I found sources for retainer pins, but not sure which is the right one. Any help would be greatly appreciated.