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The Oil Type, Weight, And Capacity Of A Cadillac SRX

We’ve written quite a bit about the five-door SUV of General Motors, the Cadillac SRX. Let us dive into another important aspect of Cadillac SRX – its oil type. This article will try to answer all of the questions that pop up in your head while selecting the correct type of engine oil for a Cadillac SRX. Let’s start with a short answer.

The first generation of Cadillac SRX (2004-09) works best with Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5W-30 or other engine oils meeting the GM4718M specification. For the second generation (2009-16), ACDelco Dexos 1 Synthetic Blend is recommended.

*The engine oils used in Cadillac SRX are not limited to these brands only. All engine oils fulfilling the requirements given below will work well with your Cadillac SRX.

We are not going to end this article on this summary. There are still several things that we need to account for while selecting the right engine oil for the Cadillac SRX. In the following paragraphs, we have shed more light on some of the most important aspects of engine oil – its viscosity (oil weight), oil capacity, the correct oil type, changing of engine oil in a Cadillac SRX, and how to reset the oil level in a Cadillac SRX. 

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What Is The Oil Type And Oil Viscosity Used In Cadillac SRX?

The first Cadillac SRX was unveiled in 2003, and it was available in the market in late 2004. This was followed by a second-generation in 2009, after which the car was discontinued. The following paragraph entails all requirements you need to tick before buying the correct engine oil for your car.

  • The first generation (2004-09) uses engine oils that are API approved and meet the GM Standard GM4718M. The ideal viscosity grade is 5W-30. Engine oils not meeting these standards should not be used. Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5W-30 fulfills these requirements. To find an oil meeting these specifications, click here.
  • The second generation (2009-16) uses engine oils that meet the dexos1TM specification, have an oil weight of 5W-30, and the API starburst symbol. ACDelco dexos 1 synthetic blend is recommended. Valvoline High Mileage Synthetic Blend 5W-30 can be used for this generation. Click on this link to find an oil meeting these specifications.

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What is The Oil Capacity of a Cadillac SRX?

Oil Capacity refers to the amount of oil your car’s engine needs to run optimally. The oil capacities of various models of Cadillac SRX are mentioned below.

Gen 1 (2004-09)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.6L V6 Engine6.0 qt
4.6L V8 Engine8.0 qt


Gen 2 (2009-16)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.6L V6 Engine6.0 qt

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When To Change The Oil of A Cadillac SRX?

­The Engine Oil Life System indicates when an oil change is required. It does this by considering several factors such as miles driven, engine revolutions, and engine temperature. Thus, the mileage at which an oil change is necessary varies depending on driving conditions. Once the system determines that an oil change is required, it displays the message, “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON”. The oil must be changed within 1,000 km (600 miles) of said message.

The vehicle can operate without needing an oil change for a year under the best driving conditions. However, the engine oil must be changed at least once a year. If the system is accidentally reset, change the engine oil within 5,000 km (3,000 miles).

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How To Check The Oil Level of A Cadillac SRX?

The oil level should be checked every 650km (400 miles), and it is recommended to check oil levels before long trips.

The oil level should be checked two hours after the engine has been shut off. It is recommended to check the oil level of a cold engine before starting. The vehicle must be on level ground to improve the accuracy of the reading. To check the oil level, remove the dipstick with the help of the loop and wipe it clean. Push the dipstick back in and remove it again. Check the oil level while keeping the tip down.

One quart of oil should be added when the oil level is below the cross-hatched region, and the engine has been off for at least 15 minutes. Recheck the oil level once one quart of oil has been added.

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How To Reset The Oil Level of A Cadillac SRX?

­­­­­­­­­­­­The engine oil life system alerts you when the engine oil has to be changed. However, the system has to be reset manually after it alerts you. Once you have changed the engine oil, follow the steps below to reset the system.

  1. The first method is using the DIC Menu. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with the engine off. Press the DIC MENU button and then press up to view the remaining oil life. Then proceed to press the SET/CLR button until the oil life displayed is 100%. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
  2. The second method uses the accelerator pedal. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN. Then, within 5 seconds, fully press the accelerator pedal three times. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.

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