VF Commodore – Light Bulb / Globe List

VE Commodore Engine Bay

Holden VF Commodore - Light Bulb / Globe List

AutoInstruct presents a globe list for the VF Commodore. Please reference the list below when replacing or upgrading bulbs in your vehicle.

Bulb Location

Standard Bulb Type

 Low BeamH7 55W
 High Beam H9 65W
 Parking Globe T10 5W
 Fog Lights H10 42W
 Front Indicators BAU15s 21W
 Side Indicators T10 5W (Amber)
 Brake GlobeBAY15d 21/5W
 Indicator GlobeBAU15s 21W
 Reverse GlobeW16W 16W
 Number Plate Globe T10 5W
Centre Brake LightT10 5W

V6 Oil Change – LLT / LFX / LY7

VE Commodore Engine Bay

Introduction

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change the oil in your VE Commodore, VF Commodore or Chevrolet Camaro, all of which share either the LLT, LY7 or LFX Engines.

Tools Required

Video Guide

Changing Interior Light Globes

VE Commodore Interior Light

Introduction

How to remove the interior map and cabin lights on your VE Commodore.

Tools / Parts Required

  • LED or Crystal Vision globes if you’re replacing the stock halogen globes!

Front Interior Lights – Step 1

Wedge your fingers in the areas as marked and firmly pull down on the housing. The entire housing should come down as shown in the next step.

Front Interior Lights – Step 2

Pull the housing downwards and forwards to release the hooks. Re-install by reversing this process.

Front Interior Lights – Step 3

Each globe can be removed by twisting the globe holder.

You can replace the cabin light with a LED, however the map lights will not work with most generic LEDs. These require a LED with a resistor.

Rear Interior Lights – Step 1

Grasp the housing as directed and gently pull downwards. This will come loose very easily.

Rear Interior Lights – Step 2

Twist out the globe holder to access the globe. Reinstall as per the removal process.

Using Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands

VE Commodore Jack Point

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your VF Commodore using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences. This process has not been certified by the manufacturer and may cause damage to your vehicle if performed. A hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • Jack Stands (x2)

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle use the steel crossmember located below the engine.

Lifting the Sides – Front

To lift the frontal side of the vehicle you can use the same lift point used by a hoist.

Lifting the Sides – Rear

The rearward side of the vehicle can also be raised using the hoist lift point as pictured.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear differential. Ensure the trolley jack is placed centrally underneath the diff.

Changing Engine Air Filter

VE Commodore Air Filter

Introduction

This guide will show you how to change the engine air filter on a VF Commodore. Suits V6 and V8 models.

This process only takes 2 minutes! You can purchase a replacement filter directly from AutoInstruct.

Tools / Parts Required

Step 1

Push on the metal clips surrounding the air box to release the lid.

Step 2

Lift up the air box lid. This will reveal the air filter element. Simply remove and replace the filter element, taking note of the orientation.

Step 3

Seat the lid firmly over the air filter, then press all metal clips back into their original position.

Using Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands

VE Commodore Jack Point

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your VE Commodore using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences. This process has not been certified by the manufacturer and may cause damage to your vehicle if performed. A hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • Jack Stands (x2)

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle use the steel crossmember located below the engine.

Lifting the Sides – Front

To lift the frontal side of the vehicle you can use the same lift point used by a hoist.

Lifting the Sides – Rear

The rearward side of the vehicle can also be raised using the hoist lift point as pictured.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear differential. Ensure the trolley jack is placed centrally underneath the diff.

Rear Sway Bar Removal

VE Commodore Rear Sway Bar

Introduction

How to remove and re-install the Rear Sway Bar on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is relatively simple, and should only take 30-40 minutes for removal and re-installation.

Tools Required

  • 15mm Spanner / Ratchet Spanner
  • T30 Torx Key
  • 13mm Socket + Extension + Ratchet
  • Grease (LMM Preferred)

Torque Specifications

  • End Link Nuts: 46nm
  • Sway Bar Clamp Bolts: 30nm

Video Guide

Rear Strut Disassembly

VE_Commodore_Rear_Shock_3

Introduction

Once the rear strut assembly has been removed from the vehicle, this guide will help you to safely disassemble it. This process is required when lowering your vehicle or changing shock absorbers.

This tutorial is also applicable for the VF Commodore

Tools Required

  • Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
  • Torx Key Set (Depending on the shock absorber shaft design)
  • Spring Compressors + Socket Set to tighten them

Torque Specifications

  • Upper Piston Nut: 45nm

Disassembly

Step 1

Fit the spring compressors and evenly tighten them to compress the spring. Continue to compress until the spring is no longer pushing against the top retaining plate

Step 2

  • Grasp the centre shaft using Torx key or small spanner (Depending on the shock absorber shaft design)

  • Using a suitable spanner, turn the nut anti-clockwise to loosen

Step 3

Once the nut is loose, remove it from the shaft. You can also remove the steel washer underneath

Step 4

Pull the upper retaining cup off the shock absorber, including the rubber spring seat

Step 5

Remove the second steel washer, plastic dust shield and bump stop

If you are installing lowered springs you will need to cut 50mm off the plastic dust shield to allow for the lowered height.

Step 6

The rear shock absorber disassembly is now finished.

Re-Assembly

Step 1

To re-install the strut assembly, simply reverse the procedure

When re-installing the upper retaining plate, take note of the spring orientation. There is a ‘step’ in the retaining plate and rubber seat which MUST line up with the end of the spring coil. The end result is a hella-flush fitment between the spring, rubber seat and retaining plate

Tighten the shock absorber shaft nut to 45Nm.

Once completed, slowly release the spring compressors ensuring alignment of the spring to spring seat as per the previous step. Job Completed!

Manifold Insulator / Spacer Installation

Ve Commodore LFX Engine

Introduction

This guide will show you how to install a manifold insulator / spacer in your VE or VF Commodore fitted with an LFX engine (MY12+ Vehicles). This process is also very similar for late model Camaro vehicles fitted with the LFX engine.

Tools Required

  • Socket Set
  • Torx Key Set
  • Spanners (Ratchet Spanners are preferable!)
  • Blue RTV Gasket Maker

Step 1

Remove the engine cover by pulling upwards on the front, then sliding the cover off the engine.

Step 2

Disconnect the PCV pipe from the air intake resonator.

VE Commodore Air Intake

Step 3

Remove the air intake pipe located between the throttle body and filter housing.

VE Commodore Air Intake

Step 4

Disconnect the throttle body loom. Slide the red tab outwards then unplug the connector.

Step 5

Remove the shield pictured by popping the two clips on the top of the engine. The shield can then be wiggled off the engine.

Step 6

Remove the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) hose located on top of the intake manifold. This rigid hose is highlighted in Yellow. Refer to the next step for the removal process.

Step 7

Follow this hose to the rear of the engine where you will find a clip-down fitting. To release this fitting, push the plastic tab across whilst pulling up on the hose.

Step 8

Now rotate the hose 90 degrees in an anti-clockwise direction. You will need to bend it around the other hoses that may be in the way. This step is required to release the other end from the manifold.

Step 9

Once rotated 90 degrees, pull the PCV hose upwards and remove from the vehicle.

Step 10

Unbolt the purge solenoid from the intake manifold. There is a single bolt holding this in place as pictured.

Step 11

Using a small amount of force, disconnect the purge solenoid from the intake manifold.

Step 12

Use a hex key to unscrew the MAP sensor.

Step 13

Pull the map sensor upwards to disconnect it from the manifold. Also remove the clip holding the wire in place.

Step 14

Use pliers to squeeze this clip and release the hose from the manifold.

Step 15

Remove the two bolts holding the fuel line shield in place. These are quite small, and there is one on each side of the engine.

Note: You will not be able to re-install these once the spacer is installed. The shield will actually sit comfortably in place without requiring the bolts.

VE Commodore Intake Manifold

Step 16

Unbolt the five bolts located on top of the intake manifold. Be gentle when removing these.

Step 17

Next, unbolt the final bolt securing the manifold to the engine. You will need to unscrew this bolt entirely, however you will not be able to remove it from the manifold due to a lack of clearance. It needs to be guided out with the manifold upon its removal in the next step.

Step 18

The intake manifold can now be removed from the vehicle. Grasp the throttle body and gently lift upwards and away from the engine, guiding the remaining bolt out at the same time.

Step 19

This is what the engine looks like without an intake manifold! Use this opportunity to inspect the intake runners. If they’re covered in oil and grime, perhaps it is time to install a Catch Can!

Step 20

With the intake manifold removed from the vehicle, flip it over to reveal four triangular shaped screws that hold the aluminium section in place. Unscrew these using a HEX key and remove the aluminium piece.

Step 21

Orientate the spacer onto the manifold. To aid this process you can insert the long OEM bolts into the holes to help align the spacer onto the manifold. Once secure, place a thin bead of gasket sealer around each runner as per the blue illustration on the image.

Step 22

Next, place the aluminium piece onto the spacer and screw into place using the supplied screws (Which are longer than the original ones). Wipe up any excess sealant around the outside and inside the intake runners as shown in the image.

Step 23

Once the sealant has dried, install the manifold back onto the vehicle.

Please note that the rear bolt on the manifold MUST be pre-inserted into the manifold as you guide it into position, reversing the initial removal process. Due to the length of this bolt, it can not be inserted after the manifold is in place. There is simply not enough room above the intake manifold.

Step 24

Tighten the five remaining bolts to 25nm of torque in the order as shown in the image.

Step 25

Lastly re-install all components onto the intake manifold as per the removal steps.

V6 LFX Catch Can Installation

LFX Engine Catch Can

Introduction

This guide will show you how to install a catch can in your VE or VF Commodore fitted with an LFX engine (MY12+ Vehicles). This process is also very similar for late model Camaro vehicles fitted with the LFX engine.

Tools Required

  • Hose Cutters
  • Socket Set

Parts Required

  • Catch Can
  • Oil/Fuel Hose (Internal Diameter 10mm)
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Cable Ties

Step 1

Remove the engine cover by pulling upwards on the front, then sliding the cover off the engine.

Step 2

Remove the shield pictured by popping the two clips on the top of the engine. The shield can then be wiggled off the engine.

Step 3

Remove the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) hose located on top of the intake manifold. This rigid hose is highlighted in Yellow. Refer to the next step for the removal process.

Step 4

Follow this hose to the rear of the engine where you will find a clip-down fitting. To release this fitting, push the plastic tab across whilst pulling up on the hose.

Step 5

Now rotate the hose 90 degrees in an anti-clockwise direction. You will need to bend it around the other hoses that may be in the way. This step is required to release the other end from the manifold.

Step 6

Once rotated 90 degrees, pull the PCV hose upwards and remove from the vehicle.

Step 7

With the PCV pipe removed, you will need to cut it in half as circled in the image.

Both halves can then be reconnected to the engine.

Step 8

You will now need to mount the catch can in a suitable location. This will largely depend on the size and design of the catch can.

We chose to affix the catch can to a bracket, which was then bolted to the upper radiator mount as seen in the image.

Step 9

With two appropriately sized hoses, they will need to be routed as follows:

Connect the ‘clean side’ (Green) line to the intake manifold (1) and the catch can outlet (2)

Connect the ‘dirty side’ (Red) line to the crankcase ventilation (3) and the catch can inlet (4)

Step 10

Neaten the installation with a few cable ties, re-install remaining parts, then the job is complete.

The dirty air will flow from the crankcase ventilation through the top of the catch can (Red). Within the catch can the oil particles will rapidly condense and collect in the bottom as a liquid. The clean air will then exit through the outlet and return to the engine via the intake manifold (Green).

This clean air will result in a huge reduction of oil deposits within your intake system. This means a cleaner, better performing engine. Don’t forget to empty the catch can alongside scheduled oil changes, or more frequently if required.

Front Strut Disassembly

VE Commodore Front Strut

Introduction

This guide will show you how to disassemble the front strut assembly on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is required when lowering your vehicle or changing shock absorbers.

Tools Required

  • Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
  • Spring Compressors + Socket Set to tighten them
  • Two extra large cable ties

Torque Specifications

  • Upper Bearing Nut: 75nm

Disassembly

Step 1

Fit the spring compressors and evenly tighten them to compress the spring. Continue to compress until the spring is no longer pushing against the top retaining plate

Step 2

Grasp the centre shaft using an adjustable spanner. Whilst holding the centre, use another spanner turn the nut anti-clockwise to loosen

Step 3

Once the nut is loose, remove it from the shaft. Also remove the steel washer underneath.

Step 4

Remove the strut top bushing and the plastic bearing which sits underneath. Next, remove the second washer and bump stop – Take note of their orientation.

Note: You may find the bearing falls apart upon removal as the halves easily separate. If this happens I would recommend a replacement bearing.

Step 5

Cut the cable tie to seperate the rubber boot from the upper spring plate. You will need to replace this during re-assembly.

Step 6

Remove the upper spring plate, rubber spring seat and spring from the strut.

Step 7

Cut the lower cable tie located on the bottom of the dust boot. This will also need to be replaced during re-assembly. Remove the dust boot and rubber spring seat on the base of the shock.

The disassembly is now complete.

Re-Assembly

Step 1

To re-install the strut assembly, simply reverse the procedure. Re-attaching the cable ties can prove to be tricky, a friend can definitely help with this.

When re-installing the upper retaining plate, take note of the spring orientation. There is a ‘step’ in the retaining plate and rubber seat which MUST line up with the end of the spring coil.

Tighten the shock absorber shaft nut to 75Nm.

Once completed, slowly release the spring compressors whilst ensuring alignment of the spring to spring seat as per the previous step.

Job Completed!

Front Strut Removal

VE Commodore Front Strut

Introduction

This AutoInstruct guide will show you how to remove the front strut assembly on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is relatively easy, with only basic tools required.

Tools Required

  • Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
  • Socket Set
  • OEM replacement nuts and bolts

Torque Specifications

  • Sway Bar Link Nut: 50nm
  • Strut Bearing Nut: 75nm
  • Strut Hat Nut (Engine Bay): 55nm
  • x2 Lower Strut to Steering Knuckle Bolts: Both nuts to 100nm Each. Then turn each nut an additional 90 degrees. (Stretch Bolts – Single Use Only)

Step 1

Raise the front of the car and remove the front wheels.

Note: Never place your body under an unsupported vehicle! Always use jack stands!

Step 2

Grasp the centre shaft using a spanner. Whilst holding the centre, use another spanner turn the nut anti-clockwise to loosen. Only loosen this nut a few turns, do not remove it entirely!

VE Commodore Strut

Step 3

Next, unbolt the swaybar end link. Hold the centre using a socket whilst undoing the nut with a spanner.

Step 4

In this stage we will remove the brake line and wheel speed sensor cable from the strut bracket.

  1. Rotate the brake line 90 degrees (This aligns a notch on the brake line with the square slot, allowing you to remove it)
  2. Pull the brake line out of the bracket
  3. Un-clip the sensor wire
  4. Pull the sensor wire off the bracket

Step 5

Loosen and remove the two large bolts located on the bottom of the strut. You may need a breaker bar or impact wrench as these are very tight.

Note: As these are stretch bolts they should be discarded. New nuts and bolts should be used.

Step 6

Once the two bolts have been removed, gently lower the hub onto a box or bucket to support it.

Step 7

The strut is now being held in place by the shaft nut in the engine bay.

You will need to support the strut as you undo the nut and remove the strut hat. This is carried out in the next step.

Step 8

Whilst supporting the strut from within the wheel arch, undo the strut nut and remove the strut hat. The strut will now be free from the vehicle.

Removal Complete

Nice Work! The strut removal is now complete.

Are you looking to disassemble the strut to install new springs, shocks or perhaps both? See our guide on Front Strut Disassembly!

Re-Installation

Step 1

Guide the strut back into the wheel arch. Position the top of the strut so it protrudes into the engine bay.

Step 2

Place the strut hat onto the shaft and screw down the nut by hand. We will tighten the nut to specification as our final step.

Step 3

Using new nuts and bolts, insert the two strut-to-hub bolts, washers and nuts.

Step 4

Push the hub hard against the strut and tighten the nuts whilst in this position. This aligns the camber bolt onto the strut as per the picture.

Step 5

Tighten both strut-to-hub bolts to 100nm Each. Then turn each nut an additional 90 degrees. These are stretch bolts and should be single use only!

Step 6

Attach and tighten the sway bar end link. Torque to 50nm.

VE Commodore Sway Bar

Step 7

Re-attach the brake line and wheel speed cable to the bracket.

VE Commodore Brake Line

Step 8

The final step is to tighten the upper nut within the engine bay. Torque to 55nm.

Install Complete

The installation is now complete. A wheel alignment is now recommended.

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