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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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How low does your oil have to get for the low oil message to appear?
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Too low, usually too late. Never rely on that idiot light. Check your every second fill-up until you are confident you can go 3.

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I got my oil changed at the gm dealer today and they only put three quarts in it. Complete crap. I will be calling them monday morning.
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doesn't the car take like 4 and a half?

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Yeah roughly. Ive read five.
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i thought it was 5 litres? juss changed my oil thats what i put in.. its sitting at full now
had to use the big 4 litre plus one small 1 litre jugg of castrol synthetic
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You can never empty the engine block from all it's oil with an oil change. 5 quarts (4.7 liters) is with a dry block and new filter. Pretty sure you would over fill with 5 quarts. Last oil change I measured 4.1 liters of old oil and only needed 4.4 liters to fill mark. I always measure the amount I remove and jot it down. This usually tells me if I'm building-up sludge or not. Also if there's a drastic change it acts as a warning sign. Last 4 oil changes have all produced about 4 liters of old oil and taken on average 4.5 liters. I usually add the leftover oil in the jug midstream to the next oil change.

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You should always check your oil on a level plain, at cold if possible.

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Per the manual, your Cobalt's oil capacity is 4.7L/5.0 quarts.

If I can be of any assistance in this situation, please send me a private message with the last 8 of your VIN, contact information, and the name of your involved dealership.

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Thanks Sarah i dont have my vin handy right now but i dealt with walker chevy in franklin tn. Left a message with the manager and was told id get a call tom. I had to add to full quarts two it. The dipstick was as dry as a t shirt. Thanks again.

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That's a sure way of running your timing chain and idler dry of oil. It is a good thing you checked their work because your next visit might have been for engine failure.

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