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What Is The Oil Type, Capacity, And Weight Of A Chevy Equinox?

From its transmission problems to mileage, we have written extensively on the Chevy Equinox. In this article, we have taken another important specification of this famous midsize SUV into consideration: oil type. There are many burning questions about the oil type of Chevy Equinox that we will be answering in this article. Let us start with a short answer*.

The first-generation 3.4L of Chevy Equinox uses the Dexos1 Engine Oil. The second-gen (2.4L, 3.6L) uses AC Delco Dexos1 Synthetic Blend. The gasoline engines of the third and fourth generations (1.5L, 2L) use engine oils AC Delco dexos1 full synthetic engine oil. The diesel engines of the third and fourth generations (1.6L) use AC Delco dexos2 engine oil.

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

This is a summarized answer that doesn’t do justice with the research we have done on this topic. There are many questions and queries about the oil used in Chevy Equinox that are yet to be answered. In the detailed article mentioned below, we will enlist the optimum oil type for Chevy Equinox, the oil weight of the Chevy Equinox, the oil capacity of a Chevy Equinox, and how to reset the oil level in a Chevy Equinox.

Also read: How Many Miles Can A Chevy Equinox Last? (Answered)

What Is The Oil Type Used In Chevy Equinox?

Chevy Equinox has spawned across four generations, with each generation possessing several models. In the following text, we have enlisted all of the major prerequisites that you’ll need to tick mark before buying the right oil type for your car.

  1. The first generation (2004-09) of Chevy Equinox uses engine oils that are  GM6094M Compliant, have the API Starburst symbol, and have SAE 5W-30 weight. To check out some engine oils that go with gasoline engines, first-generation (3.4L), click here.
  2.  The second-generation (2009-17) of Chevy Equinox works well with engine oils that meet dexos1TM specifications, have the dexos1 approved logo, and have SAE 5W-30 oil weight. To find engine oils that go with gasoline engines, second-generation (2.4L, 3.6L), click here.
  3. The third generation (2018-2020) and the fourth generation (2020-Present) use the same type of engine oils. These generations have two types of engines with different oil capacities.

For Diesel Engines

Those engine oils that meet the dexos2 specifications can be added to these engines.

For Gasoline Engines

Those engine oils that meet the dexos1 specifications can be added to these engines.

For engine oils that go with gasoline engines, third and fourth generations (1.5L, 2L), click here. If you want the right type of oil for your diesel engine, third and fourth generations (1.6L), click here.

What Is The Viscosity/Thickness of Oils Used In Chevy Equinox?

Oil weight or oil viscosity refers to how well the oil flows at certain temperatures. This value of viscosity/weight is mentioned on the front of oil bottles. These values include 0W-30, 5W-30, 20W-50, among others.

Nearly all models of Chevy Equinox use oils with the viscosity value of SAE 5W-30. If you reside in an area of extreme cold, where the temperature falls below 29°C (20°F), you can also use the SAE 0W-30 oil. Both will provide your car with a smooth starting and better protection for the engine.

However, there are a few exceptions. The gasoline engines used in a few models of Chevy Equinox (such as 2018 and 2020) use engine oils with different viscosity.

Here is the engine oil you should use if you have the 2018 Chevy Equinox with gasoline engines.

  • For the LYX 1.5L engine, use SAE 0W-20 engine oil.

Here is the engine oil you should use if you have the 2020 Chevy Equinox with gasoline engines.

  • For the LYX L4 engine, use SAE 0W-20 engine oil.
  • For the LTG 2.0L L4 engine, use SAE 5W-30 engine oil.

What is The Oil Capacity of a Chevy Equinox?

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

Gen 1 (2004-09)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.4L V6 Engine4.0 qt
3.6L V6 Engine5.5qt

 Gen 2 (2009-17)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
2.4L L4 Engine5.0 qt
3.6L V6 Engine  6.0qt

 Gen 3 (2017-20)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
L4 Gas Engine AWD5.3 qt
L4 Gas Engine FWD4.2 qt

 Gen 4 (2020-Present)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.5L L4 Gas Engine AWD5.3qt  
1.5L L4 Gas Engine FWD4.2qt
1.6L L4 Diesel Engine5.3qt
2.0L L4 Gas Engine AWD6.0qt
2.0L L4 Gas Engine FWD5.0qt


When To Change The Oil of A Chevy Equinox?

All models of Chevy Equinox come with a computer system that will let you know when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on several factors such as engine revolutions and average engine temperature. When the system finds out that the oil life has been diminished to such an extent that further use will lead to engine damage, you will see a Change Engine Oil Soon message. It is best to change the oil within the next 1000 km.

If you drive your car under the best conditions, chances are that this message won’t pop up for over a year. However, it is best to change your car oil at least once a year. Another thing to do while changing your car oil is to reset the system once your oil change is finished. This will allow your car to work optimally.

Also read: Types Of Gas A Chevy Equinox Uses (All Generations)

How To Check The Oil Level of A Chevy Equinox?

It is a good practice to check your car’s engine oil regularly, approximately once every 650 km. You can check the oil level of your Chevy Equinox using the dipstick. Follow the given steps to check the oil level of your Chevy Equinox.

  • Turn off your engine. It is best to check the engine level after the car has been off for 2 hours. If you have to check the oil level urgently, wait at least 15 minutes after turning off your car before you check the engine oil.
  • Take out the dipstick and clean it using a paper towel. Push the cleaned dipstick back in all the way.
  • Take the dipstick out again and check the oil level.
  • If oil is below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick, add 1 liter or 1 quart of the recommended oil.
  • Be sure to add the oil to keep it somewhere in the optimum range in the cross-hatched area.
  • Put the dipstick all the way back in once you are done.

How To Reset The Oil Level of A Chevy Equinox?

Every model of Chevy Equinox is equipped with the Engine Oil Life System that calculates when to change the oil and filter based on vehicle use. Resetting the system is important so that it can calculate when the next oil change is required. Here is how you can reset the oil system of a Chevy Equinox.

  • Turn the ignition key to ON while keeping the engine off.
  • Fully press and then release the accelerator three times within 5 seconds. This will cause the engine oil light to flash. This indicates that the system is resetting.
  • When the light stops flashing, turn the key to OFF.

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