How to Change the Oil for a 2008 Impala

by Don Bowman; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Funnel

  • 5 quarts of 5W30 synthetic oil

  • Oil filter

  • Set of wrenches

  • Drain pan

  • Clean rag

Changing the oil in a 2008 Chevy Impala is straightforward and simple procedure. The Impala uses a conventional filter and weight of oil. Originally, the car comes from the factory with synthetic 5W30 oil. The synthetic version is not a necessity, although it is less dangerous for the environment.

Lift the hood and remove the oil filler cap. Raise the front of the car and place jack stands under the sub frame. Lower the car so that it rests on the jack stands.

Place the drain pan under the oil pan. Remove the oil drain plug, using a wrench. Allow 15 minutes for it to drain. Replace the drain plug and tighten just until it is snug. Do not over-tighten it, because there are only 3 to 4 threads in the pan, and they strip easily.

Move the drain pan under the oil filter, which is close to the radiator on the passenger side. Remove the oil filter, using the filter wrench, and dispose of it properly.

Spread a little oil on the oil filter gasket. Install the new oil filter. Tighten the filter hand-tight only.

Pull the drain pan out from under the car and lower the car to the ground. Place the funnel in the oil filler tube and fill the engine with 5 quarts of oil. Install the oil filler cap.


Dispose of the oil in an appropriate manner. It is illegal to dump oil onto the ground or to dispose of it in the trash. Most auto parts stores have a disposal tank.

About the Author

Don Bowman has been writing for various websites and several online magazines since 2008. He has owned an auto service facility since 1982 and has over 45 years of technical experience as a master ASE tech. Bowman has a business degree from Pennsylvania State University and was an officer in the U.S. Army (aircraft maintenance officer, pilot, six Air Medal awards, two tours Vietnam).

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