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#1190048 - 07/09/08 09:15 PM CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Location
FrankP Offline


Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 42
Loc: Northern Minnesotta
I inherited a 2001 Chey Impala from a close relative. The oil change light is on but I cannot find any information in the manual with regard to changing the oil. I guess this is GM's way of keeping us from doing our own maintanence work.
Anyone know where the oil filter and drain plug are located? Any special tools or procedures needed? Thank you.

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#1190055 - 07/09/08 09:24 PM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Location [Re: FrankP]
MGregoir Offline


Registered: 08/30/07
Posts: 1784
Loc: Bonnyville, AB
Filter is likely on the front of the engine, there may be a plastic panel with two wing fasteners to undo to remove. Drain plug is towards the rear of the oil pan and angled back.

Filter is Wix 51040, Pennzoil 5W-30 works good in these engines.

If it's the 3.8, the filter may be in a weird spot (it was on my Regal) like above the crossmember.

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#1190060 - 07/09/08 09:29 PM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Location [Re: FrankP]
onion Offline


Registered: 02/04/07
Posts: 2097
Loc: kansastan
Which engine?
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#1190080 - 07/09/08 10:09 PM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Locatio [Re: onion]
FrankP Offline


Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 42
Loc: Northern Minnesotta
3.4 LITER 6

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#1190093 - 07/09/08 10:23 PM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Locatio [Re: FrankP]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 21116
Loc: Colorado Springs
On the 3.4L, the oil filter is at the front of the engine at the very bottom, at about a 30 degree angle. Ya just have to get it up in the air and wedge yourself underneath to get at it. Drain plug is at the rear center of the oil pan.

Indeed, as mentioned, at least with my Grand Am, you have to undo an undercarriage panel held on with 2 wing nuts to get at the filter.


Edited by Drew99GT (07/09/08 10:24 PM)

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#1190121 - 07/09/08 11:04 PM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Locatio [Re: Drew99GT]
FrankP Offline


Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 42
Loc: Northern Minnesotta
THANK YOU.

One thing I have discovered is what a pain GM products are to work on. On my Subaru everything is accessible easily.

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#1190224 - 07/10/08 03:07 AM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Locatio [Re: FrankP]
oilyriser Offline


Registered: 04/30/03
Posts: 7077
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Subaru

except for the frikken spark plugs

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#1190303 - 07/10/08 07:49 AM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Locatio [Re: oilyriser]
FrankP Offline


Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 42
Loc: Northern Minnesotta
Well ya I agree but I change those every 60000 when I take it in for its mega scheduled service visit,

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#1190540 - 07/10/08 01:46 PM Re: CHEVY IMPALA Oil Drain Plug and Filter Locatio [Re: FrankP]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 5584
Loc: New York
That's an I/M gasket trouble prone engine. Have it checked out before you ruin the engine.

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