Life Expectancy for the LS1
This is a discussion on Life Expectancy for the LS1 within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; My 2000 Z28 has 138K miles on it and it still is running strong. A mechanic I trusted told me ...
01-06-2014, 11:57 AM #21
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- Oct 2005
- Lincoln, CA
- 2000 Z28 Camaro
My 2000 Z28 has 138K miles on it and it still is running strong. A mechanic I trusted told me that the LS1s will easily last over 200K before needing any attention. I change my oil every 3K miles with Mobil 1 and use an AC PF61 long filter. I have developed a light knocking sound lately, particularly on acceleration, but I'm hoping this is piston slap and not a rod bearing.
01-06-2014, 02:08 PM #22
Keep in mind, the catch can won't stop oil consumption if run inline with the PCV system, it just catches the oil before it re-enters through the intake manifold. The catch can is just a way of cleaning up the combustion process, which is a good thing. To add, the LS6 valley pan will only slow down the oil consumption since they repositioned the hose connection at the front of the engine (should have done that from the get go on all LS engines) but the vacuum will still pull some oil through.
To eliminate the oil consumption completely Ron is talking about eliminating the PCV all together and venting the crankcase to atmosphere, just like cars used to do it before PCV's were mandated (about 1968 for most manufactures). This works great, however if you have visual inspections the smog police will have a fit
01-06-2014, 05:12 PM #23
01-07-2014, 08:26 AM #24
I know CALI is VERY strict when it comes to emissions so my catch can way may be a prob for you. Here in MD they dont even pop open your hood for emissions testing!! I think the way around that would be setting up your catch can like I was saying before, then hide the catch can in the fender like I did. Then I would put on "dummy" hoses to make it look as though the org set up from the factory was still there.
01-07-2014, 08:28 AM #25
I've got 180k on mine and runs strong. A little oils leak but other than that nothing.1998 Trans AM M6
Kooks 1-7/8 Long tubes
Kooks 3 inch Y-Pipe with High Flow Cats
Z06 Clutch.(so I was told when i bought it)
01-07-2014, 09:23 AM #26
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01-07-2014, 11:26 AM #27
The LS6 PCV and catch can setup works fine though. If you aren't catching all that much oil I wouldn't worry much about it. I run the stock PCV setup on my wifes camaro with a catch can, and after 3,000 miles it doesn't even catch enough to fill an aerosol can lid, not even a pint. So the loss isn't even measurable on the stick. The important thing is that you're keeping it out of the combustion process.
01-07-2014, 12:07 PM #28
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^^That coincides with my LS6 PCV and Catch Can setup. I've gone through 4-5 oil changes and have gotten the same amount as FBJ stated. I will say that it has keep the LS6 intake much cleaner.
01-07-2014, 03:34 PM #29
01-07-2014, 04:08 PM #30
What he is trying to say is that oil mixed with the combustion process delutes the fuel charge and kills power. It's difficult to even tune a car properly if it's using oil, it causes detonation, and in higher HP applications it's catastrophic, like when playing with nitrous for instance.
Bottom line, excess oil in the combustion chamber is not a good thing.
01-08-2014, 03:20 AM #31
Thanks Firebirdjones, that clears it up. I guess I know what I wanna say, but don't always make it that clear on the screen.
01-08-2014, 03:35 AM #32
You're welcome Ron. I don't always come accross on screen like I want either, and sometimes I'm taken the wrong way. But I knew exactly what you were talking about.
01-08-2014, 03:34 PM #33
Hey guys, so I pulled my lid back to my TB and everything is pretty clean, no oil in the IM, does that mean it's pretty clean running? It's a full bolt on car, stock long block, 127K miles
01-08-2014, 04:40 PM #34
Okay, gotcha. That makes sense.
01-10-2014, 10:36 AM #35
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- Tacoma WA
- 2002 Camaro Z/28
I've had my Z since she had 50K on her. 1 quart low almost every oil change. Freaked me out the first time I saw it tho.
01-10-2014, 06:14 PM #36
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First motor lasted 85k then a rocker snapped toasting the motor. Previous owner didn't install the correct valvetrain to go with the cam. He also raced it. New motor and I don't beat on it.
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