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GM Chevrolet Malibu Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and oil filter on a 2004 to 2007 Chevy Malibu with the GM 3500 3.5L LX9 V6 engine.

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GM 3500 V6 3.5L LX9
Super Tech ST3387A Filter
4 Quarts SAE 5W-30
This automotive how-to guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Malibu in replacing the motor oil and oil filter on the GM 3.5L 3500 LX9 V6 engine.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles equipped with the 3500 V6 engine such as the Pontiac G6, Montana, Buick Terraza, Rendezvous, Chevrolet Uplander, Impala, Monte Carlo, Saturn Relay, and Aura may also find this guide to be helpful.

The owner's manual of this 2006 Chevrolet Malibu specified that 4 quarts of SAE 5W-30 oil is needed for an oil change with a new oil filter.

Some compatible oil filters for the GM 3500 3.5L V6 engine include the Purolator PL10111, ACDelco PF47, Mann-Filter ML 1000, Fram PH3387A and Pennzoil HPZ-9A.


Please verify the correct replacement oil filter part numbers for Malibu by using the Amazon Part Finder website. The correct parts may vary depending on the model year, trim level and engine type (3.5L V6, 2.2L I4 or 3.9L V6).
Wal-Mart Super Tech Oil
13mm Oil Drain Bolt
Engine Oil Filter
The tools needed to complete this oil change procedure include a 13mm wrench or socket for the oil drain bolt, an oil filter wrench, a used oil catch container, a floor jack, and jack stands.

Other useful items to have are latex gloves, paper towels, an automotive funnel, and newspapers.

If it isn't already, warm up the engine for a few minutes to suspend contaminants in the oil and help the old oil flow out more quickly.

The first step is to jack up the passenger side of the car and then secure it with two jack stands.

Place blocks or wheel chocks behind the rear wheels to keep the vehicle from moving. Engaging the parking brake is also a good idea for additional safety.

The 13mm oil drain bolt is located at the rear of the engine's oil pan facing towards the back end of the car.

The engine's oil filter is located just in front of the oil pan and behind an exhaust pipe.

Turn Bolt Counter Clockwise
Old Oil Draining Out
Remove Oil Filler Cap
Since used engine oil can contain carcinogens (cancer causing agents), it's recommended that you wear latex gloves.

Place your oil catch container under the oil drain bolt and remove it by turning it counter clockwise with a 13mm wrench or socket and ratcheting wrench.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes.

Removing the oil filler cap on the top of the engine will let air into the engine and cause the old oil to drain out faster.

Allow Air To Enter Engine
Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Oil Filter O-Ring
I recommend buying the Fram PH3387A oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Next, dip a finger into some new engine oil and run it around the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter to lubricate it.

This will help the o-ring create a better seal, prevent leaks, and makes it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Replace Oil Drain Bolt
Twist Off Old Oil Filter
Allow Filter To Drain
You may be able to remove the old oil filter just by turning it counter clockwise by hand.

An oil filter wrench can make removing a stubborn oil filter much easier and they only cost a few dollars.

I've been using the Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench for a few years and it works really well.

Be sure to move your old oil catch container underneath the oil filter since some oil will leak out when it is removed.


Hand Tighten New Oil Filter
Tighten 13mm Drain Bolt
Pour In New 5W-30 Oil
Once the old oil has mostly stopped leaking out from the oil filter receptacle, screw on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction until it stops.

Then twist it about 1/4 to 1/2 turn past hand tight.

Do not tighten the new oil filter with an oil filter wrench since it can cause damage to the filter or o-ring and result in a leak.

Replace the 13mm oil drain bolt with the wrench or socket until it is just past hand tight.

Do not over tighten the oil drain bolt as the threads or aluminum oil pan may be damaged causing a leak.

Double check that the drain bolt and oil filter are tight before lowering the car down from the jack stands and removing the floor jack.

The GM 3500 3.5L V6 engine requires 4 US Quarts of new SAE 5W-30 oil for an oil change with a new oil filter.

Pour in about 3.5 quarts of oil, run the engine for a minute, allow it to rest for a few minutes, and then check the oil level on the dipstick.

Slowly add the rest of the fourth quart of oil until the level on the dipstick reaches the "MAX" or "FULL" line.

Check Oil Level On Dipstick
Replace Dipstick
Display Oil Life on DIC
It's much better to run an engine with slightly less oil than needed than to run it with too much oil.

Running an engine with too much oil can cause damage to the seals, gaskets or other components.

Depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out from the engine, you may not need the entire 4 quarts as specified in the manual to reach the "FULL" mark on the dipstick.

Press & Hold ENTER Button
Oil Life Reset Screen
Press & Hold Enter Again
The last step to complete the oil change is to reset the oil life meter on the "DIC" (Driver Information Center) feature of the Chevy Malibu's radio.

Change the display of the DIC until the "Oil Life xx%" screen appears.

Then press and hold the "Enter" button until the "Oil Life Reset" message is displayed.

Release the "Enter" button and then hold it again for a few seconds until the "Acknowledged" message appears.

Release the "Enter" button and you should see "Oil Life 100%" on the screen.

"Acknowledged" Message
Oil Life 100%
Oil Life Reset Instructions
Check the oil level on the engine's dipstick after your first drive and again a few days later.

Look for oil spots on your driveway, garage floor, or parking spot for the first week to be sure that the drain bolt and filter are on tight enough.

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