Any recommendations? I'm at close to 800 and was debating taking it in this week just to clear the break in oil and get some fresh oil in before starting to drive more aggressively.... also, to my knowledge we get first two years maintenance free? So will a dealer still honor that for an early oil change? Planning on taking it to les stanford in michigan as they service more vettes than any other dealer in metro detroit, in hopes they know what they're doing as far as checking oil levels on a z51 and what not. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks all!
Appears to be up to the dealer on how they manage the 4 “free” oil changes. GM states something like "as required by the manual," which would say when it says to change on the monitor or 1 year, whichever comes first. Some have reported their dealer saying they will provide 4 and will use Mobile 1 and others only when it says and with whatever oil they have in their 55 gallon drums!
I decided to change my own after a forum poster reminded me the dealer may not have their trained C7 mechanic change the oil but a newbie! I was reminded of the one time when I had my 1st new car serviced by a dealer, a 1967 Corvair. The newbie was looking all under the car that was on a lift draining the oil. I asked what he was looking for and he said the filter! The filter on a Corvair is up top in the engine compartment! For my Z51, I also wanted to install two quality magnet drain plugs. I also get concerned with the mechanic lifting the Vette without my jack pads (that I supply.)
If I was going to have the dealer change the oil I would ask them to only install 9 quarts of oil and give you a quart to do yourself! I did that several times before I left it ½ quart low, where I will keep it. The checking procedure is perhaps longer than a newbie or a mechanic on commission (which most are) may want to spend. A recent forum post said the dealer only gets $35 from GM. If that is accurate, no one is getting a significant commission!
To check the level properly on a Z51 the engine oil must be hot, 175 + degrees. Then the engine shut off and wait a minimum of 5 to max 10 minutes. Then properly read the dip stick. That is not as easy as it sounds with new clean oil (or even used oil.) I have to check both sides of the dip stick several times and go out in the sun to see the level! Many forum reports mention overfills on Z51’s and oil dripping from the air cleaner etc.! It occurs from excess oil coming with the “burped” air from the oil tank. A dry sump, by definition, pulls a lot of air into the external oil tank as it drains the pan completely. The air has to go back into the engine. Oil mist also comes along, apparently an excess amount of overfilled.
Just some toughts as you requested, your choice.