I put my Ford Focus oil filter - Fram TG9566 - on my 2002 Chevy Cavalier. It should have had the ST3387A that was sitting on the shelf beside it. It seems to fit fine & doesn't leak. No enine overheat, etc. Is it Ok to run for 3000 miles or should I change it now?
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It should be on the side where the gas tank is running along the fram of the car. You should see a small stanless steel or copper line running along the fram under the car near the rear of the car. Follow it until you see the filter.
The fuel filter must be changed every 30000 miles along with the air filter.You dont say how many miles are on the car so its hard to tell you further. I would change the oil after 1000 miles a couple of times useing a Fram oil filter to help remove the particles.And use Castrol oil.I dont know who is doing the oil and filter changes or if they are getting changed.If so they might be useing junk oil and junk filters.
Many filters come with an internal check valve inside...chances of getting two that are defective are pretty slim. You are positive you have the right filter on there? Chevy used to have a check valve right in the filter mount pad, have not paid attention to that in a while but if you see a small round orifice with a little metal cover in it, you may want to push gently on it with the back of a ball point pen to free it up. If the pad is held on by two small screws, you may want to remove the pad and check for gunk buildup inside. If not, try filling the filter with Marvel oil and putting it back on. It may dissolve whatever is blocking the bypass. You don't have to remove any oil, 1/2 qt over will not hurt anything. If it dosen't work you will need to use compressed air to blow through the passages. You have been driving without a filter (it's in bypass mode) for probably a few months already another few days won't hurt anything especially since you have new oil in there.
You need 4,6 qts of 5W-20 motor oil. If I were you I'd start right now to use synthetic oil. If you decide to do it - go with "The First in Synthetics" and the best: Amsoil! 5W-20 XL motor oil gives you (guaranteed) protection for 7.500 miles. (Do not fall for warranty cancellations or similar dealership spam. Magnuson-Moss act prohibts cancellations based on brand). Read this: http://people.msoe.edu/~yoderw/oilfilterstudy/oilfilterstudy.html or this: http://www.lesabret.com/filters/filter.html and try to avoid Fram filters. It seems that any other filter is better than Fram. I'd recommend Amsoil, Wix, Carquest (made by Wix), Mobil...
The oil capacity for a 2003 Cavalier with filter change is 4 quarts. In some cases the dipstick may read a little low, In that case then add 1 pint more.
The filter number is:
AC Delco: #PF47, (Original Equipment)
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