2006 Vibe Oil Change

The Vibe came due for another oil change this week. I was out early to do the job armed with the right tools this time.

Luckily I had an extra crush ring on hand since the old one didn’t come off with the drain plug from the oil pan. It just stuck seized to the opening – or so I thought. When I went to put the plug back in after draining it was gone and had fallen into the oil pan with all the used oil. I put a new one on and fished out the old one when the used oil was poured into the jug for recycling.

There seem to be a lot of searches for oil change photos so I took a few locating the parts.
It’s pretty simple once the car is up off the ground – small people might be able to squeeze under without even needing to lift the car at all. You’ll see in the photos I’ve started using ramps.

These photos are taken from the front passengers view underneath the car.

Tool and Part List:

  • Ramps with a wheel chock or a jack and axle stands
  • 14mm wrench for the drain plug – I don’t use a ratchet and socket because it might get covered in oil
  • “Oil filter wrench” and a 6″ extension to fit the 3/8″ socket in the filter wrench. Mine is from NAPA and is metal not plastic. About 2.5″ ID 65mm with 14 flutes and has “KD 3253 USA” stamped on it. Use this to break the seal on the old oil filter – then remove by hand because it’s quite messy. Careful putting it back on with this wrench – hand tight, then a 3/4 turn more max.
  • Oil pan capable of holding at least 5L. 10L is better since it will be easier to move around without spilling when full and will be a larger target to hit with the oil stream. The pan needs to be able to handle the full flow when the drain plug comes out. I’ve learned to prefer something open at the top – not funnelled.
  • 4.4L of 5W-30 oil you should use about 4.2L so leave some in the bottom of the jug. Start the car for 30 seconds to fill the new oil filter and check the level when the vehicle is back on the ground. Top up if needed before putting the old oil in the jug for recycling at your local hazardous waste centre or Canadian Tire with an auto shop.
  • The crush ring I get from NAPA has rubber in the middle which lets it be reused. Always good to have an extra one on hand when buying your oil filter. Aluminium or any other metal only ring that deforms get a new one every time.
  • Oil Filter – I prefer the NAPA mid grade. Costs about $6.
  • Shop rag. One should do it once you get the hang of it.

While you’re waiting for the oil to drain out check the tire pressure. Every now and then lube the hood hinges and latch, door hinges and rear hatch pistons with some lithium white grease in a spray can.

Total consumables cost is roughly the cost of your oil + $7 if you need a new crush ring. In this case about $27 since I put in some Pennzoil Platinum I got for $20. Watch for quality oil to go on sale in the next 3 months.

Leave a Reply