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« Reply #100 on: March 16, 2010, 10:15:00 PM »

LOL! Yea, last time I had one of those; they left the radiator cap off.  A short time later on the interstate the temp/coolant light came on.  Needles to say, it lost most of the coolant and cracked the plastic intake(5.7 vortec).  They covered it-but it wasnt "mess free".

This is the exact reason why I do my own routine maintenance; some people's kids  Undecided
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« Reply #101 on: March 17, 2010, 07:11:55 AM »

Well....Got the first oil change taken care of.  The filter was a bi*ch to get loose as everyone stated.  I was supprised the drain plug was not magnetic however.

If you read about the 3600 engine, you'll find there isn't much iron in it - so, magnetic drain plugs would be essentially useless! Shocked
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« Reply #102 on: March 17, 2010, 08:29:08 AM »

If you read about the 3600 engine, you'll find there isn't much iron in it - so, magnetic drain plugs would be essentially useless! Shocked


Then where would this iron be coming from?  Shocked:

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1819491&nt=2&page=1
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« Reply #103 on: March 17, 2010, 08:31:57 AM »

This is the exact reason why I do my own routine maintenance; some people's kids  Undecided
Ditto I had my oil changed a long time ago at a fast lube place and they only installed the filter a coulpe threads but when I left the fast lube place I did'nt know that and the guy in the pit did'nt know it either---duh. So on my way back to work I smelled oil and did'nt think much of it after all they just changed the oil and maybe some got on the exhaust pipe. By the time I got to work I was worried it was stinking real bad and smoking, I thought maybe the filter or drain plug fell off but further investigation proved a very loose filter. They gave me a new filter and filled up my oil and said we are sorry for that, please come back..........Ya ok!
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« Reply #104 on: March 17, 2010, 08:37:46 AM »

Then where would this iron be coming from?  Shocked:

The crank is the biggest chunk of iron you got in the engine.  So ......

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« Reply #105 on: March 17, 2010, 08:41:56 AM »

The crank is the biggest chunk of iron you got in the engine.  So ......



So ......my point was that a magnetic oil drain plug would pick up iron particles!
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« Reply #106 on: March 17, 2010, 09:35:42 AM »

So ......my point was that a magnetic oil drain plug would pick up iron particles!

Potentially...but there are a lot of what ifs.  The magnet at the bottom of a drain pan is probably good for larger pieces that settle out and get stuck to it.  I don't know if a magnet would help as such in a UOA.  People have magnets on their plugs and a cap on the end of their filter and it doesn't make a difference...they still get iron in their UOA.  More or less than if they didn't have them I don't know.
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« Reply #107 on: March 19, 2010, 11:37:54 AM »

Heard about this on another forum and thought it might make changing the filter on the Acadia a lot neater.  Looks like this might be a big help.

http://www.formafunnel.com/
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« Reply #108 on: March 19, 2010, 11:40:17 AM »

Heard about this on another forum and thought it might make changing the filter on the Acadia a lot neater.  Looks like this might be a big help.

http://www.formafunnel.com/


and maybe a little easier than "jimmy rigging" an old oil bottle although the oil bottle setup works well from what others have said
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« Reply #109 on: May 13, 2010, 03:05:10 PM »

about to do my first change.....has anyone tried to simply use an oil extractor?

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« Reply #110 on: May 13, 2010, 03:13:18 PM »

about to do my first change.....has anyone tried to simply use an oil extractor?


Is that through the dipstick opening?  Probably not a great approach.
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« Reply #111 on: May 13, 2010, 03:21:34 PM »

Never tried it, but let us know how it goes  thumbs up
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« Reply #112 on: May 13, 2010, 05:19:43 PM »

about to do my first change.....has anyone tried to simply use an oil extractor?


It is my understanding that it *isnt* possible to remove the oil from these engines through the dipstick hole. There is enough of a bend at some point so that one is unable to insert the tube far enough down to be able to pull out the oil.

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« Reply #113 on: May 13, 2010, 05:45:41 PM »

I can see using one of those devices to change oil in a lawn mower, or other small engine.  But really! - on a car??!! shrug
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« Reply #114 on: May 13, 2010, 05:53:27 PM »

But really! - on a car??!! shrug

Dont knock it. When it works it is great as there is little or no mess and no need to go under the car to remove the drain bolt. I just dont think it will work in this application
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« Reply #115 on: May 14, 2010, 06:48:14 PM »

Dont knock it. When it works it is great as there is little or no mess and no need to go under the car to remove the drain bolt. I just dont think it will work in this application

Yes, absolutely.  It's widely used in the Euro world - BMWs, MBs, and Audis, and done so with great success - very simple and very mess free.  It would avoid the "dripping onto the motor mount" issue for Acadias.  I was checking here to see if the "routing" would be prohibitive, which, it looks like it is.   facepalm
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« Reply #116 on: May 14, 2010, 07:56:51 PM »

It can't take that long to suck out the oil,  but still have climb under the car to unscrew the filter with maybe less oil mess down your arm or on your clothes or on drop cloth.  I wonder if you can pump out the oil from canister into milk jug.  But if this pump with tube is unable to reach all the way down to the pan,  than would be useless.  Neat idea, I guess.  Principle looks good!
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« Reply #117 on: May 14, 2010, 08:28:57 PM »

It can't take that long to suck out the oil,  but still have climb under the car to unscrew the filter with maybe less oil mess down your arm or on your clothes or on drop cloth.  I wonder if you can pump out the oil from canister into milk jug.  But if this pump with tube is unable to reach all the way down to the pan,  than would be useless.  Neat idea, I guess.  Principle looks good!

FWIW; I can remove and install a filter from the top  Undecided
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« Reply #118 on: May 15, 2010, 12:30:47 AM »

FWIW; I can remove and install a filter from the top  Undecided

That's pretty much the only way isn't it?  I don't even recall being able to see the filter from below, at least on my 08 Enclave.
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« Reply #119 on: May 15, 2010, 12:34:46 AM »

That's pretty much the only way isn't it?  I don't even recall being able to see the filter from below, at least on my 08 Enclave.

I have never tried to take the filter off from the bottom  Undecided
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