Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, DIY SRX oil change (AWD 04') in Cadillac SRX Forums; Hello Cadillac Owners Forum,
As indicated by the title of this thread, I am attempting to change the oil in ...
As indicated by the title of this thread, I am attempting to change the oil in my AWD 2004 SRX and was looking for some help. The last oil change I did myself was back in 2002 in a 00' STS, and just wondered if there was anything tricky I needed to be aware of.
I found a useful thread titled "changing oil for the first time" in which there is a step by step guide with pics included by forum user name "vdo". (Sorry, I don't have enough posts on this board to submit a url link...) His is a V6 2004, and from what I've read the only major differences is that the V8 uses 7.5 quarts. Am I correct?
vdo's steps for the change
1) Have the engine warm.
2) Secure front of car on ramps or jack and stands.
3)Remove oil filler cap (Marked with "Mobile1 SAE 5W-30").
4) Remove drain plug (13mm socket) and let oil drain out.
5) Remove oil filter cap (15/16" socket). The oil filter will be stuck to this cap.
6) Swap out oil filter and reinstall.
7) Tighten oil drain plug.
8) Fill with 5 1/2 qts of oil and tighten oil filler cap.
9) Start engine, let idle for a little bit, and shut off.
10) Check for leaks and check new oil level.
11) Reset Oil Life Monitor (see owners manual)
I have access to a lift and equipment to get the job done, I'm just sick of paying $90 for a job I could get done for roughly half.
Automobile(s): ('04 SRX N* AWD) '11 Lincoln MKT AWD
South Bend, IN
Re: DIY SRX oil change (AWD 04')
Easier than the V6. The 6 has a filter in a cannister--the 8 has a spin-on filter) The V8's filter in underneath the car very close to the front, slightly toward the passenger side. No need to jack the car up or use a creeper. It is reachable from the front within arm's reach.
All you'll need is a filter "socket", socket. & ratchet, and you're all set.
I buy my Mobil1 at Sam's club in 6 packs for around $28/case
18lb plug, 22lb filter..... use a torque wrench and that's the shop manual specs. I won't use anything other than the gm filter as I've found the "super" filters have too much packing and restrict oil flow.
For the filter I use the "socket" that is knurled (Fram at WALMART) and fits the filter top like a hat...makes torquing simple. On that topic I was too ill/weak when oil last needed a change so went to the dealer with a discount coupon...
Two weeks later noticed spots of oil under the engine. Feeling a bit better I crawled under and found the filter weeping. Put the torque wrench on it and tightened...made 3/4 turn before wrench clicked. Leak fixed.
Tighten either too much and strip threads..too little and leaks.
I always do mine and there are no surprises. It is very straight forward. I do always hand tighten my filters though. After lubing the gasket with Mobile 1, I spin it until it butts up against the oil pan (when it won't spin freely anymore) then turn it 3/4 of a turn. I use the sticker on the side of the filter as a reference. If there is any doubt, I give it a little extra. I've never had a leak, and I've never used a wrench to remove a filter I've installed. I always use AC Delco as well. They are made by Champs labs, like Mobile 1 and K&N filters. While K&N and Mobile 1 are pretty much the same filtering element, AC Delco isn't the same.
I bought a PP1 and decided to not use it.
By mouth, try blowing through the center hole (of a new one ha ha) and then through the gm. The PP1 was like a wine cork (over stated) and the gm comparatively was like an air filter.
I was concerned that the engine might starve for oil or the bypass would kick open and either wasn't a good thing.
My concerns were due to an auto mags test of filters and their comments.
I just did mine two days ago for the first time since buying it. It was relatively simple especially since I have access to a 4 post lift to do it. It was as straight forward as any other car I changed oil on.
If anyone wants a 4 page illustrated manual in a pdf format compiled by owner's group members regarding oil changes, resetting the DIC, approved oils, filter brand options, magnetic drain plugs for the V6 SRX, etc. please advise jpettit(at)swbell.net.
At 2 MB, it is too large to upload to the owner's group's website.
Wally World (walmart) sells Mobil 1 in gallon jugs at a very good price. Buy 2 gallons and save the balance if yours is a burner. I always stick with the OEM filter for all my cars with the exception of my Mustang GT vert. On that I pop for the Mobil 1 filter. (once a year oil change). The problem with drive on ramps is that the drain plug is in the front of the oil pan. Much easier to just jack up the drivers side and then lower during the draining process. Just did mine again last Wednesday. 20 minute job....then off to the Woodward Cruise!
54K automobile in the trusting hand of a reputable dealer ok. In my own hands even better. In the hands of a sandwich jockey turned oil technician possibly putting the wrong oil in and cheap filter on....priceless.