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*NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« on: April 08, 2007, 11:50:38 PM »
Hey Im kinda new to working on newer model engines, Ive grown up with bugs all my life so it was basically working on a lawnmower engine.

I have an 05 cavalier and am trying to learn how to change my own oil, but cant find the drain plug for the life of me. I cant find it ANYWHERE on google. I got a 32mm socket and got the filter out, thats no biggie.. but where the hell is the drain plug?! anybody have a link or a picture??

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2007, 06:48:30 AM »
I found this online for a 2004, I hope it helps.

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If you are wondering how to do an oil change on a 2004 Cavalier... I'll tell you :D If it's is an 2.2L ECOTEC engine (it will say right on it) It will have a little housing that you pull the filter element out of, it will not be the regular everyday oil filters that you see. You will see it when you look under the hood. It will be black and you will need a 1 1/4 socket , and extention, and a ratcket. It will be located under a solid (possibly) black air duct so you will have to crack it loose and turn the rest by hand (just because it is partially under and your socket will get stuck, lol) Then you just pull the filter off of the cap anf put the new one in, make sure the new one clicks in, and that you can spin it with ease (you'll see). Place it back in and tighten it snug. The drain plug is underneath (lol, If u haven't guessed :D) and it should be a 15 mm, if not, then a 13 mm. It will take 4.7 L when u put oil back in (Canadian Litres). The filters should be $13 at GM and $10 at Canadian Tire. Hmmm, I think that's it. And if it's not an ECOTEC engine...... it's a real pain in the but.


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And I found this for a 2003:

The engine is in the car sideways, so you will want to look under the vehicle and to the left side of the engine compartment. The oil pan is directly behind the pulley/belts on that side. The drain plug itself is the nut on the backside of the pan (towards the rear of the car). Hope this helps, happy searching.


 

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2007, 08:17:07 AM »
hmm doesnt help much, ive looked all over under that car, usually with most engines its obvious where the oil pan/sump is because its usually the lowest point on the engine, but the whole bottom of this think is flat, there is no lowest point bull ill climb under there once more tonite and look under the pulleys, they are on the passenger side the pulleys are nearly over the wheel.
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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2007, 09:37:21 AM »
I can't find it either man, but I saw many references to a filter element cap for cavaliers and cobalts..   Maybe that will help you.

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007, 10:20:33 AM »
My brother is a mechanic for Chevy.  Maybe he can reply.  I'll give him a heads up on this thread



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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2007, 10:35:06 AM »
Thanks Randy..   I'm sure that he will be able to help Rob..

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2007, 02:02:27 PM »
I can't find it either man, but I saw many references to a filter element cap for cavaliers and cobalts..   Maybe that will help you.

yeah but the oil filter is completely different. a lot of people had problems finding the filter as well (and so did I) its not like your normal filter that screws in the side of the engine, it has its own cylinder with a plastic 32mm cap and the filter takes cartridges lame i know... but i need to know where the DRAIN PLUG is..
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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2007, 02:20:28 PM »
I looked..   Found one site that might help but it wanted me to sign up.    :(       

Have you tried "Where is the damn oil drain plug for my damn car?"  in google?    :)

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2007, 04:25:52 PM »
I looked..   Found one site that might help but it wanted me to sign up.    :(       

Have you tried "Where is the damn oil drain plug for my damn car?"  in google?    :)

more than once, as if within a day some new site will hit the list lol
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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2007, 04:37:18 PM »
Have you called a dealer and asked where the heck it is?


 

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2007, 06:26:26 AM »
hey guys. Got the link from my brother. The drain plug is right there as you are under the car. It is on the back side of the oil pan. Its a 13mm bolt head. Just a reminder....that motor takes a little more than 5 qts to refill. Put 5 in and then check it after you have run it for a minute or so. Hope this helps.

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2007, 08:12:49 AM »
you sure more than 5?? i hear the 2.2 ecotec uses 4 and no more
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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2007, 03:35:39 PM »
put 4 in then check. better to not overfill then have to drain again

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Re: *NEWB* trying to locate Oil Drain plug on cavalier
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2007, 04:25:53 PM »
Sooooo?????? How did you make out?

 



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