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Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L V8 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on a Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 engine in a 2nd generation 2000-2006 GM Chevy Tahoe.

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2006 Tahoe 5.3L V8 Engine
Oil Filler Cap
Twist Off Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) GM Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 engine.

Owners of other General Motors GMT800 series SUV or truck vehicles such as the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Avalanche, GMC Yukon, Sierra, Hummer H2 and the Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a used oil catch basin, a 15mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, an oil filter wrench (optional), a new oil filter, 6 quarts of new SAE 5W-30 oil and an automotive funnel.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-107, Bosch 3332, Fram HM3506, ACDelco PF46E, Royal Purple 10-44, K&N HP-1007, Wix 51042, Purolator PSL14006 and Mann-Filter ML 1013.

Lift Out Dipstick An Inch
Drain Bolt & Filter Location
Used Oil Catch Basin
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and turn off the engine.

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

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the SUV from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and pull the dipstick out an inch or two. Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming when you drain out the old oil.

There should be plenty of room under the SUV to access the oil drain bolt and the old oil filter. If you need more room, raise the front of the vehicle with a floor jack and support it with jack stands or use some automotive ramps.

Slide under the driver side of the engine bay with a used oil catch container, a 15mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

The oil drain bolt is at the bottom of the oil pan facing towards the rear of the SUV.

The canister style oil filter is installed on the driver side of the oil pan.

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

Loosen the 15mm oil drain bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

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

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

If the drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary with a new washer from your GM dealership's parts counter.

Re-insert the oil drain bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight or about 18 ft-lbs of torque.


Twist Off Old Oil Filter
Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Slide the used oil catch container over to just below the old oil filter.

Spin off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old oil filter, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63250 Wide Range Filter Wrench or the Lisle 63600.

Allow the old oil to drain from the oil filter receptacle for a few minutes.

Dip your pinky finger in to 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 filter form a better seal and make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Twist On New Oil Filter
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New Oil
Wipe the oil filter receptacle clean with a towel.

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

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

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

Place an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 engine's oil capacity specification for an oil change with a filter replacement is 6 U.S. quarts (5.7 liters) of new SAE 5W-30 oil.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to run it after it has been over filled with oil. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may cause damage to seals, gaskets and other components.

Only pour in about 5 to 5.5 quarts of new SAE 5W-30 oil.

Twist On Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Re-Insert Dipstick

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

Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off and then allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 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 in pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the line above the metal holes at the end of the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 6 U.S. quarts of new oil in order for the oil level to reach the maximum line.

Once the oil is at the correct level, replace the dipstick and tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction.

Be sure to record the oil change in your SUV's service records. It would also be a good idea to check your parking spot, garage or driveway for drops of oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

For more, check out my other 2000-2006 GM Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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