Oil Change and Filter Parts for 2008 Cadillac Escalade


This is another of those posts that might only be for my own benefit, so that the next time I need to change the oil on my wife’s 2008 Cadillac Escalade, I can simply locate this post to remember what parts I used… and whether I liked them. ūüôā

I drove the car around on a few errands to warm up the oil, then brought it home and drove it on my lift. I removed the drain plug and let the old oil drain into the metal oil tray on my lift, and when it slowed to a drip, I removed the filter and let it drain from there, too.

When the dripping stopped, I used some shop rags to clean things up, re-installed the drain plug, and put on the new filter: a K&N HP-1017, I chose that oil filter for a few reasons. I’ve had great results from K&N oil filters on my Sea-Doos¬†and other cars in the past, and the K&N HP line has a good reputation without costing too much. But one thing I really love about the filter is that it can be tightened and removed with a standard 1″ wrench or socket (though I used a 27mm 12 point socket).

K&N HP-1017 oil filter

K&N HP-1017 oil filter

The 2008 Cadillac Escalade¬†holds 6 quarts of oil, so I bought a large 5 qt bottle of Royal Purple Synthetic 5W30, plus a 1 qt small bottle to finish the job. I’d also considered the Royal Purple Oil Filter, because it’s also a great choice… but it doesn’t have the wrench point, so the K&N won out.

Royal Purple 5W30 synthetic oil

Royal Purple 5W30 synthetic oil

Using a large funnel, I poured in the 5 quart bottle, then a little bit of the 1 quart, before checking the oil level with the dipstick. It showed full, but after starting the engine¬†and letting it run for a couple of¬†minutes, it was reading about 3/4 full. I ended up using all of the remaining 1 qt bottle to get it to full, meaning I’d done a pretty good job draining nearly all the old oil out before re-filling (draining the engine while it’s warm really helps with that).

After taking the Escalade off the lift, I drained the lift’s oil tray into my Blitz 12 qt Dispos-Oil container, so I can take the old¬†oil¬†(and the old filter) to my local auto parts store for recycling.

With all the “dirty work” done, I used a Sharpie to write¬†the date, mileage, and next oil change mileage for the Escalade on the window cling that comes with the K&N oil filter (another feature of that filter I like) and put it¬†on the driver’s side of the¬†windscreen. To reset the engine oil life message, I scrolled through the on-board computer to find the “1% OIL LIFE REMAINING”¬†message, then held down the checkmark button for a few seconds until the screen reset to “100%¬†OIL LIFE REMAINING.”

Changing your oil teaches you more about your car, allows you know¬†the job’s done right, and saves lots of money over the dealership or¬†an oil change shop. If you’ve never changed your own oil before, don’t be scared to give it a try. You probably have a friend, family member, or neighbor who will be willing to help you learn. And if they have a lift, they may even let you borrow it!