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Chevrolet Malibu, Oil
#256 of 275 Re: where do I find a J 44887 whench [rjcamp]
Jan 26, 2010 (4:20 pm)
I just use, I believe, a 30mm socket I bought at Sears.
#257 of 275 Re: 2007 Malibu Oil Change [rjcamp]
Jan 26, 2010 (8:57 pm)
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.
#258 of 275 Re: where do I find a J 44887 whench [wizard55]
Jan 26, 2010 (9:06 pm)
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
#259 of 275 Re: 2007 Malibu Oil Change [rjcamp]
Jan 27, 2010 (12:03 pm)
GMOL...General Motors Oil Life monitor....one of the functions in your DIC...digtial information center....tells you the percentage oil life remaining between changes...
#260 of 275 Re: where do I find a J 44887 whench [wizard55]
Jan 27, 2010 (4:58 pm)
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.
#261 of 275 Re: 2007 Malibu Oil Change [malexbu]
Jan 27, 2010 (5:02 pm)
I've been using Wal-Mart brand Synthetic without a hitch so far. 08 Malibu I4 now has 73,000+
#262 of 275 And now tell me how to change oil in a Maxx...
Jan 27, 2010 (9:51 pm)
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?
#263 of 275 Re: And now tell me how to change oil in a Maxx... [malexbu]
Jan 28, 2010 (8:14 am)
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
#264 of 275 Re: And now tell me how to change oil in a Maxx... [gonogo]
Jan 28, 2010 (1:10 pm)
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"?
#265 of 275 Re: And now tell me how to change oil in a Maxx... [malexbu]
Jan 29, 2010 (8:26 am)
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.