09-26-2013, 08:26 AM
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Little Rock, AR
Re: Convertible top motor oil?
Since there was another thread about convertible top oil, I will update this one, so that it will have info if searched. There was a GM bulletin found that stated 10W motor oil was the correct fluid and that some of the service documentation indicating anything else was wrong.
Document ID# 911168
2001 Chevrolet/Geo Camaro
Service VME - Convertible Top Hydraulic Fluid #PI00386 - (Aug 14, 2002)
Service VME -- Convertible Top Hydraulic Fluid.
When servicing the vehicle with the VIN you entered, the following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the described symptoms.
This is a service VME to all Chevrolet and Pontiac dealerships regarding 1994 through 2002 Camaro and Firebird convertible top hydraulic fluid. This is Art Spong, Brand Quality Manager for the F-cars. The service manual and ESI incorrectly advise to use DEXRONŽ III automatic transmission fluid for the hydraulic fluid in the convertible top system. The proper fluid is a ten-weight SAE oil. A bulletin will be issued and ESI will also be corrected. Thanks. If there are any questions, I can be reached at 586-947-8890.
Please follow this diagnosis process thoroughly and complete each step. If the condition exhibited is resolved without completing every step, the remaining steps do not need to be performed. If these steps do not resolve the condition, please contact GM TAC for further diagnostic assistance. This diagnostic approach was developed for the vehicle with the VIN you entered and should not be automatically be used for other vehicles with similar symptoms.
GM bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, NOT a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions, and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, DO NOT assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See your GM dealer for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.
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Bulletin Date: MAY 2002
SERVICE MANUAL ADVISES INCORRECT USAGE OF CONVERTIBLE TOP FLUID. ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 636700 )