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Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L V8 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to replace the motor oil and filter in a 3rd generation 2007-2014 GM Chevy Tahoe with the Vortec 5300 engine.

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2014 Tahoe Vortec 5300
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
Pull Up Oil Level Dipstick
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Chevrolet Tahoe in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Vortec 5300 5.3 liter V8 motor.

Owners of related General Motors full size SUV or truck vehicles equipped with the Vortec 5300 V8 engine such as the Suburban, Avalanche, Silverado, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali, Sierra, and Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a 15mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, a used oil catch container, a new oil filter and 6 quarts of new SAE 5W-30 oil.

Optional items include a floor jack with two jack stands or automotive ramps if you need more room to work under the SUV.


A few compatible replacement canister style oil filters with their part numbers include the following: ACDelco PF48E, Purolator PL12222, K&N PS-1017, Mobil 1 M1-113, Royal Purple 10-48, Fram PH10060, Wix 57060, Bosch 3334, Baldwin B160, Pennzoil HPZ-167, Mann-Filter ML 1030, Hastings LF613, microGreen 201-8, Mahle OC 614 and Champion PH48.
Raise Front - Floor Jack
Old Canister Oil Filter
Drain Bolt - Rear of Oil Pan
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the SUV on a level surface, and then turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out faster.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Pop open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled oil level dipstick an inch or two out of the engine.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

You may be able to access the drain bolt and oil filter without raising the front of the vehicle.

If you'd like some extra room to work under the SUV, raise the front with the floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands or drive the car up on to automotive ramps.

The silver metal oil drain bolt is located on the rear edge of the oil pan. The oil filter is located on the side of the oil pan closer to the driver's side of the SUV.

Loosen 15mm Oil Drain Bolt
Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counter clockwise with the 15mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

Wipe the oil drain bolt and the opening in the oil pan clean with a rag.

Spin in the oil drain bolt by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the drain bolt to just past hand tight or about 22 ft-lbs of torque.


Slide Basin Under Filter
Spin Off Old Oil Filter
Dip Finger In New Oil
Move the used oil catch container over to just below the old oil filter.

Spin off the old oil filter in the counter clockwise direction and allow the old oil to drain out for a few minutes.

If the old filter is too tight to turn, use an oil filter wrench to remove it. I recommend the Lisle 63250 wide range filter wrench.

You can also drive a screwdriver through the filter and use that as a handle with more leverage to loosen it.

Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Twist On New Oil Filter
Lower From Jack Stands
Dip your pinky finger in some new SAE 5W-30 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help the new oil filter to form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber o-ring gasket from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-113 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Do not use an oil filter wrench to tighten the new filter.

Try to avoid over tightening the oil filter which may damage the o-ring and lead to oil leaks or make the filter more difficult to remove during the next oil change.

Double check that the drain bolt and the new oil filter are securely in place before moving on to the next steps.

If you raised the vehicle, lower it down from the jack stands using the floor jack or carefully back it off the automotive ramps.

Pour In New SAE 5W-30
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Oil Change Complete
The total capacity of the Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 engine for an oil change with filter replacement is 6 U.S. quarts (or 5.7 liters).

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole and slowly pour in about 5 1/2 quarts of the new SAE 5W-30 oil.

It is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may cause damage to seals, gaskets or other components.

Replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push down the dipstick.

Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, turn off the engine and allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5-10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper dot in the cross hatched area.

You may not need to pour in the entire 6 quarts of new oil depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Replace the oil filler cap and the dipstick.

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records and check your driveway during the next few days for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the oil drain bolt or the filter.

To reset the "Engine Oil Life System" perform the following steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On/Run" position but do not start the engine. 2. Slowly press the accelerator (gas) pedal all the way down to the floor three times within 5 seconds. 3. Change the "DIC" (driver information display) to the "Oil Life Remaining" screen to verify that it has been reset to 100%.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair Guides.

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