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New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby TS914 [OP] » Nov 27 2012, 2:56am

I'm a new guy on this forum and I just took delivery of a 2009 Silverado Z71.
I noticed the oil was above the fill line and I want to drain a few oz's but thought it would be best to ask if there is a torque requirment on the filter and on the oil drain plug. I don't have a manual yet to look it up myself. Can someone help me with this?
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby EKinMN » Nov 27 2012, 3:43am

WELCOME to the site!
There probably are specific torque specs, but I never worry about them. I tighten the filter as much as I can by hand. I tighten the oil drain bolt by hand, and then snug it up with medium pressure using the wrench. Never had an issue.

As far as draining a bit off, it's pretty easy to just back the oil drain bolt out a bit, and letting it drain into a pan. I do this whenever I need to get an oil sample for analysis.

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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby EKinMN » Nov 27 2012, 4:02am

I did a bit of research. I found 18 ft lbs for the spec on the oil drain bolt.
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby TS914 [OP] » Nov 27 2012, 4:29pm

Thanks for the torque spec.
I don't like the idea of having to much oil in the motor so I want to drain some before I start driving it much.
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby dalejrfan88 » Nov 27 2012, 4:49pm

Hello. Everytime i change my oil, i put 6 quarts in with a fresh filter and it always registers a little over. Even when the dealer used to do the changes it would still register over.Ive always wondered this as well. Dealer told me its not a problem because the 5.3 "uses oil anyway"
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby TS914 [OP] » Nov 27 2012, 5:41pm

Thanks dalejrfan88.
I took 3/4 of a qt out and it still looks high so I'll keep on eye on it.
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby RNGRDVE » Nov 27 2012, 6:01pm

If your truck has AFM then I would leave it alone. It will burn it off anyway.
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby GM Customer Service » Nov 27 2012, 9:59pm

TS914 wrote:I'm a new guy on this forum and I just took delivery of a 2009 Silverado Z71.
I noticed the oil was above the fill line and I want to drain a few oz's but thought it would be best to ask if there is a torque requirment on the filter and on the oil drain plug. I don't have a manual yet to look it up myself. Can someone help me with this?


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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby reynoldsc58 » Dec 26 2012, 9:06pm

RNGRDVE wrote:If your truck has AFM then I would leave it alone. It will burn it off anyway.


Just to be sure, what does AFM stand for ha ha. I have a thread on this issue of burning it off. I burnt a qt off in about 1 month.
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Re: New guy needs help with oil drain plug & oil filter

Postby reynoldsc58 » Dec 26 2012, 9:07pm

But I havent had the problem of it looking like it was high. I think its 6 qts of oil if im not mistaken.
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