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Fluid level checks Chevrolet Camaro 2010 - 2015 Petrol 3.6 V6

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Chevrolet Camaro 2010 - 2015  | 3.6 V6 Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1
Note: Fluids are an essential part of the lubrication, cooling, brake and windshield washer systems. Because the fluids gradually become depleted and/or contaminated during normal operation of the vehicle, they must be periodically replenished. See specifications below before adding fluid to any of the following components
Note: The vehicle must be on level ground when fluid levels are checked

Engine oil

1 The oil level is checked with a dipstick, which is attached to the engine block (see below). The dipstick extends through a metal tube down into the oil pan
2a Engine oil dipstick (A) and oil filler cap (B) locations (V6 engine)
2b Engine oil dipstick (A) and oil filler cap (B) locations (V8 engine)
3 The oil level should be checked before the vehicle has been driven, or about 5 minutes after the engine has been shut off. If the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper part of the engine, resulting in an inaccurate reading on the dipstick
4 Pull the dipstick out of the tube and wipe all the oil from the end with a clean rag or paper towel. Insert the clean dipstick all the way back into the tube and pull it out again. Note the oil at the end of the dipstick
5 The oil level should be in the safe range - if it's below the MIN or ADD mark (A), add enough oil to bring it up to or near the MAX or FULL mark (B)
6 It takes one quart of oil to raise the level from the MIN mark to the MAX mark on the dipstick. Do not allow the level to drop below the MIN mark or oil starvation may cause engine damage. Conversely, overfilling the engine (adding oil above the MAX mark) may cause oil fouled spark plugs, oil leaks or oil seal failures
7 To add oil, remove the oil filler cap from the valve cover. After adding oil, wait a few minutes to allow the level to stabilize, then pull out the dipstick and check the level again. Add more oil if required. Install the filler cap and tighten it by hand only
8 Checking the oil level is an important preventive maintenance step. A consistently low oil level indicates oil leakage through damaged seals, defective gaskets or past worn rings or valve guides. If the oil looks milky in color or has water droplets in it, the cylinder head gasket(s) may be blown or the head(s) or block may be cracked. The engine should be checked immediately. The condition of the oil should also be checked. Whenever you check the oil level, slide your thumb and index finger up the dipstick before wiping off the oil. If you see small dirt or metal particles clinging to the dipstick, the oil should be changed

Engine coolant

Warning: Do not allow antifreeze to come in contact with your skin or painted surfaces of the vehicle. Flush contaminated areas immediately with plenty of water. Don't store new coolant or leave old coolant lying around where it's accessible to children or pets - they're attracted by its sweet smell. Ingestion of even a small amount of coolant can be fatal! Wipe up garage floor and drip pan spills immediately. Keep antifreeze containers covered and repair cooling system leaks as soon as they're noticed
1 All vehicles covered by this manual are equipped with a pressurized coolant recovery system. A plastic coolant reservoir is located at the right front corner of the engine compartment (see below). If the coolant heats up sufficiently during operation, in excess of the radiator pressure cap rating, it can escape past the cap and into the reservoir. As the engine cools, the coolant is drawn back into the cooling system to maintain the correct level
2 The coolant reservoir is located at the right side of the engine compartment
3 Turn the reservoir cap slightly counterclockwise to unlock it, then pull out the dipstick
Note: The reservoir cap only fits on the reservoir neck one way
4a The level in the tank varies with the temperature of the engine. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be at the MIN mark on the dipstick (see below). If it isn't, add a 50/50 mixture of DEX-COOL antifreeze and water
4b Coolant reservoir dipstick MIN (A) and MAX (B) marks
5 Drive the vehicle, let the engine cool completely then recheck the coolant level. Don't use rust inhibitors or additives. If only a small amount of coolant is required to bring the system up to the proper level, water can be used. However, repeated additions of water will dilute the antifreeze and water solution. In order to maintain the proper ratio of antifreeze and water, always top up the coolant level with the correct mixture. An empty plastic milk jug or bleach bottle makes an excellent container for mixing coolant
6 If the coolant level drops consistently, there may be a leak in the system. Inspect the radiator, hoses, radiator cap, drain plugs and water pump. If no leaks are noted, have the radiator cap pressure tested by a service station
7 If you have to remove the radiator cap, wait until the engine has cooled completely, then wrap a thick cloth around the cap and unscrew it slowly, stopping if you hear a hissing noise. If coolant or steam escapes, let the engine cool down longer, then remove the cap
8 Check the condition of the coolant as well. If it's brown or rust colored, the system should be drained, flushed and refilled. Even if the coolant appears to be normal, the corrosion inhibitors wear out, so it must be replaced at the specified intervals

Brake and clutch fluid

1 The brake master cylinder is mounted on the front of the power booster unit in the engine compartment. The hydraulic clutch master cylinder reservoir used on manual transmission vehicles is next to the brake booster
2 The brake master cylinder and the clutch master cylinder have their own reservoirs. To check the fluid level of either system, simply look at the MAX and MIN marks on the brake fluid reservoir (see below)
3 The brake fluid level should be kept between the MIN and MAX marks on the translucent plastic reservoir
4 If the level is low, wipe the top of the reservoir cover with a clean rag to prevent contamination of the brake system before lifting the cover
5 Add only the specified brake fluid to the reservoir (see the specifications below or your owner's manual). Mixing different types of brake fluid can damage the system. Fill the reservoir only to the MAX line
Warning: Use caution when filling the reservoir - brake fluid can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces. Do not use brake fluid that is more than one year old or has been left open. Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air. Excess moisture can cause a dangerous loss of braking
6 While the reservoir cap is removed, inspect the master cylinder reservoir for contamination. If deposits, dirt particles or water droplets are present, the system should be drained and refilled
7 After filling the reservoir to the proper level, make sure the lid is properly seated to prevent fluid leakage
8 The fluid in the brake master cylinder will drop slightly as the brake pads at each wheel wear down during normal operation. If the master cylinder requires repeated replenishing to keep it at the proper level, this is an indication of leakage in the brake or clutch system, which should be corrected immediately. If the brake system shows an indication of leakage check all brake lines and connections, along with the calipers and booster. On manual transmission vehicle, also check all clutch lines and connections, along with the clutch release cylinder
9 If, upon checking the brake fluid level, you discover the reservoir empty or nearly empty, the systems should be bled

Windshield washer fluid

1 The windshield washer fluid reservoir is located in the left front corner of the engine compartment
2 In milder climates, plain water can be used in the reservoir, but it should be kept no more than 2/3 full to allow for expansion if the water freezes. In colder climates, use windshield washer system antifreeze, available at any auto parts store, to lower the freezing point of the fluid. Mix the antifreeze with water in accordance with the manufacturer's directions on the container
Caution: Do not use cooling system antifreeze - it will damage the vehicle's paint

Power steering fluid

Note: Not all models are equipped with hydraulic power steering (some are equipped with electric power steering)
1 Check the power steering fluid level periodically to avoid steering system problems, such as damage to the pump
Caution: DO NOT hold the steering wheel against either stop (extreme left or right turn) for more than five seconds. If you do, the power steering pump could be damaged
2 The power steering fluid reservoir is located at the left front corner of the engine. The level is checked with a dipstick attached to the cap. For the check, the front wheels should be pointed straight ahead and the engine should be off
3 Use a clean rag to wipe off the reservoir cap and the area around the cap. This will help prevent any foreign matter from entering the reservoir during the check
4 Twist off the cap and check the temperature of the fluid at the end of the dipstick with your finger. Now wipe your finger clean with a rag
5 Wipe off the fluid with a clean rag, reinsert it, then withdraw it and read the fluid level. The level should be below the MAX mark if the fluid was hot to the touch. It should be above the MIN mark if the fluid was cool to the touch (see below)
6 Maintain the power fluid steering levels between the Max and MIN marks
7 Add small amounts of fluid until the level is correct
Caution: Do not overfill the reservoir. If too much fluid is added, remove the excess with a clean syringe or suction pump
8 Check the power steering hoses and connections for leaks and wear


Note: Listed here are manufacturer recommendations. Manufacturers occasionally upgrade their fluid and lubricant specifications, so check with your local auto parts store for current recommendations
Engine oil
  Type Engine oil that meets GM dexos1 standard (ACDelco dexos1 Synthetic Blend or equivalent)
  Viscosity SAE 5W-30
Automatic transmission fluid DEXRON-VI
Manual transmission lubricant
  Tremec 6-speed Manual transmission fluid GM part no. 88861800 or equivalent
  Aisin AY6 6-speed GL-5, SAE 75W-90 gear oil
Rear differential lubricant
  V6 models
    With automatic transmission 75W-90 limited slip rear differential fluid (GM part no. 88900401 or equivalent)
    With manual transmission 75W-90 limited slip rear differential fluid (GM part no. 88900401 or equivalent) and friction modifier (GM part no. 88900330)
  V8 models
    Camaro SS 75W-90 limited slip rear differential fluid (GM part no. 88900401 or equivalent) and friction modifier (GM part no. 88900330 or equivalent)
    Camaro ZL1 75W-90 DEXRON LS gear oil (GM part no. 88862624)
Brake (and clutch) fluid DOT 3 brake fluid
Engine coolant 50/50 mixture of DEX-COOL coolant and water
Power steering system GM power steering fluid part   89020661 or equivalent
Convertible top fluid GM hydraulic fluid (part no. 88901975 or equivalent)


Engine oil (including filter)
  3.6L V6 engines 6.0 quarts (5.7 liters)
  6.2L V8 engines 8.0 quarts (7.6 liters)
  V6 engines
    With automatic transmission
      2014 and earlier models Up to 10.8 quarts (10.2 liters)
      2015 models Up to 10.5 quarts (9.9 liters)
    With manual transmission
      2014 and earlier models Up to 11.2 quarts (10.6 liters)
      2015 models Up to 10.9 quarts (10.3 liters)
  V8 engines
    2013 and earlier (L99 and LS3) models
      With automatic transmission Up to 11.5 quarts (10.9 liters)
      With manual transmission Up to 11.8 quarts (11.2 liters)
    2012 and later (LSA) models 11.5 quarts (10.9 liters)
    2014 and later (L99 and LS3) models 11.5 quarts (10.9 liters)
    Intercooler system (LSA models) 2.4 quarts (2.3 liters)
Automatic transmission
  Dry fill Up to 11.4 quarts (10.8 liters)
  Fluid change Up to 6.7 quarts (6.3 liters)
Manual transmission
  Aisin 6-speed
    V6 engines 1.9 quarts (1.8 liters)
  Tremec 6-speed
    V8 engines, all models except ZL1 models 4.2 quarts (3.9 liters)
    V8 engines, ZL1 models 4.6 quarts (4.4 liters)
Rear differential
  V6 engines with automatic transmissions (without limited slip) 1.0 quarts (0.9 liters)
  V6 engines with manual transmissions and V8 engines (limited slip)**
    All except ZL1 models 1.0 quarts (0.9 liters)
    ZL1 models 2.1 quarts (2.0 liters)
Limited slip differential additive
  2011 and earlier models 2.50 ounces (75 ml)
  2012 and later models 3.30 ounces (98 ml)
*All capacities approximate. Add as necessary to bring up to appropriate level
**Add limited slip differential additive
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