Change The Oil on a 2008 Chevrolet Express 1500

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How to change the oil in your Chevrolet Express 1500 and GMC Savana with v6 engines. This works for model years from 1996 to 2016.

  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Ratchet Set with 13mm socket
  • Oil Catch Pan
  • Oil fill funnel
  • Hydraulic Jack and Jack Stands
  • Gloves
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  • 4.5 qt. of 5W30 Synthetic Oil
  • Oil Filter - Choose One: STP #S3387A, MOBIL 1 #M1-101, K & N #HP-1001, FRAM #3387A
  • Replacement Oil Crush Washer: Dorman 480-180.1
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Get Started by Lifting the Car


Lift the front of the vehicle using your jack and jack stands.

OR if you are of medium build you can slip right under the car without having to lift it up.

Locate the drain plug


The drain plug is a few inched towards the from of the car from the oil filter.

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Drain the Oil


Place your drain pan under the oil pan. Also open the oil cap up top on the engine to help drain faster.


Remove the 13mm oil drain plug, you may need to use a breaker bar as with the awkward angle you would be at the plug might be rather snug.


Install a new drain plug and crush washer. Torque to 18 FT-LBS


Remove the oil filter using your favorite type of filter wrench.


LUBE UP THE GASKET OF THE NEW OIL FILTER WITH MOTOR OIL. Screw the new filter on, tightening it per the instructions on the box.

Mobil1 filter instructions say to seat the gasket and tighten one 3/4 turn.

Fill with New Oil


Using your funnel, refill the oil. It takes approximately 4.5 quarts with a new oil filter


Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.

Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end. When the engine is warm!

Finish Up


Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks.


Lower the car back to the ground.


Start up the engine and watch the oil pressure light to make sure it doesn't stay on.


Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.

Resetting the Oil Service Light

Scroll through on the menu to the oil life, press and hold the check make to reset the oil life.

##How to Get Rid of Your Old Oil?##

Your local auto parts store will take your old oil as long as you don't mix it with any other fluids.

Drain plug 18 FT-LBS

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