Best Oil For C7 Corvette | By: Chris Trautman | Corvette-Web-Central
Let's talk about the best oil for your C7 Corvette. Choosing the right oil for your Corvette is extremely important. We suppose you are like us and like to drive your Corvette and occasionally push your car harder than a typical highway drive.
Did you know GM recommends changing your oil before and after these more spirited drives? Visit our C7 Corvette Oil Upgrade Page if you think this is a waste of oil.
What are the best choices for C7 oil that won't void your warranty while enjoying normal driving and track day use?
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Q: What do we know about C7 Corvettes and Oil?
A: Well, we own one, for starters. Here we are on the track with our 2015 Z06 in Bowling Green, what an awesome track!!
We will provide you with our real world expertise, experience and knowledge for the best oil for C7 Corvette!
Remember: Our recommendations are built according to your driving needs and what model Corvette you drive. We try to recommend items that keep you in compliance with warranty recommendations from GM, but ultimately you are responsible to confirm approved oils for your specific use.
As always, only use approved oil, methods and quantities that can be found in your owners manual. (Most economical ways to purchase is 2 boxes with six quarts each box)
Mobil 1 is the best approved oil for Corvettes, and has been used or approved in Corvettes for over 20 years!
The viscosities vary depending on your model and year but don't worry, we break them down below.
While GM recommends ACDelco dexos1 Synthetic Blend in some models and years, the Mobil 1 brand is the better product and we recommend upgrading. For a while, GM dealers were charging more for Mobil 1 even if you had a service warranty.
Obviously, cost and quality is a factor in anything that goes into our Corvettes so we worked very hard to find the best pricing and widest availability across the internet.
Prices listed fluctuate, so listed costs are approximate and are only an estimate and do not constitute any guarantee.
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Racing oil for your C7 Corvette is only required for the harshest of driving needs, such as on any track for extended periods of time.
GM has pretty good guidance for this in the track preparation guide. GM recommends Mobil 1 15W-50 for any Track/Competitive driving for any model or year C7 Corvette.
GM also recommends changing the oil to the Racing Grade of oil for just the Track/Competitive event. GM then recommends changing the oil back for regular daily use to the lower grade oils for proper protection on the street.
Seems excessive to be changing the oil, trust us we know, that's why we suggest looking at our Corvette Oil Upgrade page.
The best part about the upgrade is the cost is not really a factor unless you change the oil cap.
Prices for 6 quarts range $45-50 and this is the most economical way to purchase. Single quarts can be purchased but at almost $15 each it almost doubles the price of the 6 quart box.
*Don't forget to order 2 boxes (12 quarts)!
Make sure you have the Best Drain Pan to save the mess and hassle of changing and recycling your oil. The largest oil quantity on the C7 Corvette is 10 quarts, this pan is more than enough at 15 quarts. We use it on every oil change and love. Lots of extra capacity left over!
The Best Oil for C7 Corvette deserve the best tools, which requires finding the right funnel that is key to reducing the chance of spilling and easy adding oil back in your C7 Corvette.
This style funnel fits best inside the short filler neck for most Corvette fill tubes.
The clearance near the oil pan on the engine makes finding the right filter wrench critical! Don't worry, we have you covered with this 918 Socket.
This design, with its 15 contact points, allow you the proper control when installing the new filter for proper installation.
During testing we found this to fit well on the AC Delco brand of filters. We tried on the Mobil 1 filters and found it would not engage with the flutes on the filter.
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