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#2282839 - 06/08/11 07:14 PM Oil For 2011 Silverado
jots93 Offline


Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 3
Loc: N.Texas
Hi Everybody,

I just bought a new 2011 Silverado 5.3L with AFM and was wondering what oil people are having good results with in this engine.

I just found out today about the dexos requirement and according to the manual it came from the factory with dexos in it. Are all dexos approved oils synthetic oil? Also, at what mileage do you suggest for the first oil change?

Thanks Everyone!

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#2282862 - 06/08/11 07:32 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 2234
Loc: Houston, Texas
Most people dump the factory fill around a 1000 miles. I think the 5.3 liter uses 5w30. Check the owners manual.
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#2282868 - 06/08/11 07:37 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2092
Loc: Southeast Michigan
Originally Posted By: jots93
Are all dexos approved oils synthetic oil?

Check out http://www.gmdexos.com/licensedbrands.html. The "mainstream" oils that stand out to me are Mobil 1, Pennzoil Platinum, and Quaker State Ultimate Durability.
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#2282878 - 06/08/11 07:49 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
JRed Offline


Registered: 06/01/09
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Loc: Virginia
If you're not gonna be towing heavy or working the truck very hard just use what the manual asks for.
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#2282891 - 06/08/11 08:03 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
sopususer Offline


Registered: 03/17/11
Posts: 392
Loc: High Country of Western NC
Same here, 2011 Silverado with AFM. I did the first change at 2500 miles. I have a little over 4k on the odometer now. As mentioned Mobil 1 in regular and EP flavor as well as Pennzoil Platinum and Quaker State Ultimate Durability are all dexos approved and fairly easily found. I did my first oil change with the Pennzoil Platinum and AC PF48 filter. I've run Mobil 1 in previous GM 5.3's with good success, but like the UOAs of SOPUS products I've seen on BITOG. Any of the three would do a super job. I may give the Quaker State a try on my next change, but it is a little harder to find in my area than the other two. Good luck with the truck; if you love it half as much as I like mine you'll have many miles of fun.
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#2282893 - 06/08/11 08:04 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
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#2282909 - 06/08/11 08:32 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
2015_PSD Offline


Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 5022
Loc: SE Texas
Originally Posted By: jots93
Also, at what mileage do you suggest for the first oil change?

In my 2010 F-150, I did my first OC at just <1000, again at 3500, and then settled into a 5,000 mile OCI. I have intended to go 7,500 on an OC to see how well the engine and oil performs (I am using Pennzoil Ultra), but each time I do I have to make a trip that would push me over that so I have usually been changing between 5K and 6K.

I think you would do well to change the oil early and often at the beginning. My UOAs support the concept that a fair amount of wear occurs during the first 5K and then tapers off. See my UOAs showing from 0 to 21,600 here.

Best of luck with your new truck!!
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#2282913 - 06/08/11 08:39 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: 2015_PSD]
river_rat Offline


Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 3402
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: 2010_FX4
In my 2010 F-150, I did my first OC at just <1000, again at 3500, and then settled into a 5,000 mile OCI.

+1. Not an F-150, but that's the way I did it too, right or wrong. cheers

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#2282942 - 06/08/11 09:14 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
chubbs1 Offline


Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 4574
Loc: Merritt Island FL, USA
This is my new car formula (been doing it for a while) do an OC at 1k, 3k,6k or there abouts, and do what your manual recommends after that.

Quaker State Ultimate Durability (QSUD)
is AWESOME oil, with a good price, I highly persuade you to at least try it.
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#2282970 - 06/08/11 09:36 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 6873
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
Most people dump the factory fill around a 1000 miles. I think the 5.3 liter uses 5w30. Check the owners manual.


Most people DO NOT dump their new vehicle oil at 1K.
Most change it at 3K.

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#2282977 - 06/08/11 09:48 PM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: chubbs1]
kasedian Offline


Registered: 03/08/11
Posts: 411
Loc: Kansas
Originally Posted By: chubbs1
This is my new car formula (been doing it for a while) do an OC at 1k, 3k,6k or there abouts, and do what your manual recommends after that.

Quaker State Ultimate Durability (QSUD)
is AWESOME oil, with a good price, I highly persuade you to at least try it.



+1 thumbsup
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#2283131 - 06/09/11 04:57 AM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: kasedian]
jots93 Offline


Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 3
Loc: N.Texas
Wow! A lot of Great answers, thanks everyone.

I'm leaning toward 1,000/3,000/5-6,000 initial changes. Seems Pennzoil Platinum 5w30 might be my choice as well.

Thanks Again!

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#2283210 - 06/09/11 08:01 AM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
rossn2 Offline


Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 383
Loc: Ft Hood Texas area
Most GM dealerships in Texas use 10w-30 oil. I dumped factory fill at 2500 and again at 5k. Used Penn Platinum 10w-30 with AC Delco or WIX filters and changed every 5k miles and reset the OLM.. I would get monthly updates from ONSTAR telling me to go to 10k OCI's...


Edited by rossn2 (06/09/11 08:06 AM)
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#2283277 - 06/09/11 09:00 AM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: jots93]
Jehartley Offline


Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 270
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: jots93
...according to the manual it came from the factory with dexos in it.


The factory fill dexos that is in your truck is AC Delco dexos which is semi-synthetic.



Edited by Jehartley (06/09/11 09:03 AM)
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QSUD 5w30/ PureOne Filter
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#2283281 - 06/09/11 09:02 AM Re: Oil For 2011 Silverado [Re: Triple_Se7en]
Jehartley Offline


Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 270
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
Most people dump the factory fill around a 1000 miles. I think the 5.3 liter uses 5w30. Check the owners manual.


Most people DO NOT dump their new vehicle oil at 1K.
Most change it at 3K.


I'd argue that it is 1,000 more often than not. Most everyone I know, including myself, change the factory fill out a 1,000 or 500.


Edited by Jehartley (06/09/11 09:04 AM)
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2011 GMC Sierra Crew Cab 4.8 V8 4WD
QSUD 5w30/ PureOne Filter
7,500 mile OCI

2010 Chevy Camaro V6
QSUD 5w30/AC Delco Filter
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