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Chevrolet Silverado V8 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil in a 2nd generation 2007-2013 GM Chevy Silverado with the Vortec 4800 4.8L V8 engine.

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2013 Silverado 4.8L V8
Oil Filler Cap SAE 5W-30
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the GM Vortec 4800 4.8 liter V8 engine.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles equipped with the Vortec 4800 engine such as the Chevy Express, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, Savana, and Yukon may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a used oil catch container, a 15mm socket with ratcheting wrench, a Lisle 63250 oil filter wrench (optional), an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 6 quarts (or 5.7L) of SAE 5W-30 oil.

A few compatible oil filters include the following with their part numbers: Mobil1 M1-113, K&N PS-1017, Fram PH3387A, Royal Purple 10-48, Pennzoil PZ-167, Wix 57060, Bosch D3334 and Purolator L12222.

Pull Up Oil Level Dipstick
Filter & Drain Bolt Location
Oil Drain Bolt
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the truck on a level surface, and turn off the engine.

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

Then engage the emergency parking brake and chock the front wheels of the truck to prevent it from moving.

Twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled dipstick an inch or two. 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.

Slide underneath the truck with a used oil catch container, some newspapers or paper towels, a 15mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

Locate the oil drain bolt at the bottom of the oil pan facing towards the rear of the truck. The canister style oil filter is located just in front of the "C" shaped cutout in the oil pan.

Old Oil Filter
15mm Socket
Used Oil Catch Basin
Move the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.
Remove Oil Drain Bolt
Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten Oil Drain Bolt


You may want to wear latex gloves to keep the oil from touching your skin since used engine oil can be carcinogenic (causes cancer).

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

Be careful since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine in the first step.

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

Re-insert the oil drain bolt and tighten it to just past hand tight or about 20 ft lbs of torque.

Slide Catch Basin Forward
Twist Off Old Oil Filter
Dip Finger In New Oil
Slide the used oil catch basin forward to underneath the old oil filter.

Twist off the old oil filter in the counter clockwise direction. You may need to use a Lisle 63250 oil filter wrench if it was put on too tight at the last oil change.

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

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

I recommend buying the Mobil1 M1-113 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Spin On New Oil Filter
Insert Automotive Funnel
Dip your pinky finger in to some new 5W-30 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help it form a better seal and make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction and tighten it to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Do not over tighten the oil filter or use an oil filter wrench to tighten it. Over tightening the filter may damage the o-ring and cause a leak to develop.

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

Pour In New 5W-30 Oil
Replace Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole at the front left (passenger side) of the engine.

Pour in about 5 quarts of the Vortec 4800 engine's 6 quart total capacity for an oil change with oil filter replacement.

It is far better to have a little less than enough oil in the engine than too much oil.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the oil level dipstick.

Start the engine, let it idle for a few minutes, shut off the engine, and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes while the oil drains back to the oil pan.

Check the oil level on the dipstick. Slowly add in the remaining quart of new oil until the level on the dipstick reaches at or just below the top of the cross hatched area.

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

(Note - The 4.8L, 5.3L, 6.0L and 6.2L V8 engines all require 6 quarts (5.7L) of new SAE 5W-30 oil for an oil change with filter replacement. The 4.3 V6 engine requires 4.5 quarts (4.3L) of oil.)

Be sure to record the oil change in your truck's service records. It's also a good idea to watch your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of oil and check the oil level on the dipstick during the next few days.

For more, check out my other 2007-2013 Chevy Silverado Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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