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OK, please don't make fun of me (I'm the less than expert Z06 female owner that happened to fall upon this site). I've got close to 2,500 miles on my Z06 and I'm wondering what is the best thing to do when it comes time to change the oil. I'm reluctant to trust the dealer with my car; yet, I'm not sure what else to do. This isn't a joke; I'm trying to learn from you guys. I know an oil change is no big deal, but should I trust the dealer?
 

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Jupiter,

I've heard horror stories about taking Corvettes to dealers, but if you have a good high volume Corvette dealer in your area, I would let them change the oil. They handle so many Vetes that they are usually prepared. My dealer has always changed my oil with no problem.
 

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Thanks for the honest answer. In the Palm Beach area, I'm not sure there's such a thing as a high volume Vette dealer. However, I will try to assess whether I can trust my dealer to do something as simple as change the oil.
 

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Come on! Get your hands dirty! Get yourself a couple ramps and a steep driveway. Put the front downhill on the ramps and make sure the car is still sloping down. Buy one of the oil "recycling" drain cans at the local car parts place. Get a wrench set (if you don't have one yet) and I suggest an oil filter wrench. They come in a zillion sizes so take the "replacement" filter you're buying and get a wrench that fits it.
Crawl under the front, take out the only bolt that is angled toward the ground from the oil pan (it's in the front, piece of cake). Let it drain in the recycling pan and go watch some good TV! After at least 30 minutes, stick the plug back in and take the oil filter off. You'll need a rag for this part cause it will drool! Drop the filter in the fancy oil pan and wipe off the excess around the filter. Put a dab of fresh oil on the new oil filter gasket....give a few turns until it tightens. Hand tight is normally OK, you can give it NO MORE than 1/4-1/2 turn with the wrench if your hands are oily to make sure. Go up top and start pouring fresh oil. You'll need 7 quarts....so put in 6 and about 1/2 of the 7th. Start the engine and check for leaks. Then get the car off the ramps and find a flat, level spot. Turn off the car and check the oil and keep filling until it's full. Probably take all 7 quarts like mine did.
You don't have to jack anything to do it and it can be done in 15 minutes plus the 30 minutes wait time for the oil to drain. No dealers, no lifting.... Piece of cake....If you lived closer, I'd just invite you over! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

OK, so if the "hands on" approach isn't your cup of tea, then make sure you talk to whoever you want to change the oil and explain to them that you insist they use the appropriate jacking pucks and that you will be checking when the car is completed for damage. That should get their attention! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif
 

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I have not had any problem with oil changes at the local dealer here either. It would be a good idea as you indicated to call and ask a few questions about the personell that work on the vette. I thought Lou Bachroudt and Steve Moore were reasonably decent volume vette dealers down there. It might be worth the drive from Jupiter to Ft. Lauderdale to get the oil changed. As Frank mentioned, make sure they the right lift (all 4 wheels on a ramp) and ask if you can watch while they do the work. That ensure that they be a little more careful. Good luck!
 
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