Is the water pump housed with the timing chain. How many quarts of oil does the car take.

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Asked by Mar 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM about the 1999 Chevrolet Prizm 4 Dr LSi Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have been thinking of taking a long trip and would like to be proactive with my car.  Need to
know if the water pump is housed with the timing chain.  Also am doing my first oil change.  
How many quarts of oil does it hold and is it ok to use 15W Rotella instead of 5w?

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101,535

First oil change? It's a new to you car maybe? You can use 15W but it will start a little slower. You will want to read the link I post and carry a couple extra quarts of oil in the trunk. No sayin' all Prizms are oil users but better safe than sorry. http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2277646/my-1999-chevy- prizm-may-be-an-oily-lemon

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No not the first oil change, it's the second. Just heard that 15W40 Rotella was a much better oil than 5W30 for the miles on my car. I have 122919 miles on it. Will read your link. Thank you very much. Have a wonderful day.

101,535

The thicker oil will be used at a lesser rate. I think Rotella is on sale at a couple national parts store chains.

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Tenspeed you mentioned that the thicker oil will be used at a lesser rate. Is that a good thing? I am so sorry to be so ignorant, but just getting started on working on cars and am trying to learn. Thank you for all your help.

101,535

Yes, it's a good thing. You don't have to replace it as often. As engines age, the rings around the pistons wear, oil slips by and is burned. The thicker oil is less likely to slip by and it stays in the engine where it belongs.

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Thank you so much for your help and your patience.

4.2 quarts with filter

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