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

The Chevrolet Sonic, also known as Chevrolet Aveo, is a famous subcompact car loved by people worldwide due to its tech features and roominess. In this article, we have taken an essential specification of this subcompact car into consideration: oil type. There are many burning questions about the oil type of Chevy Sonic that we will be catering to in this article. Let us start with a short answer*.

The first-gen (2011-2016) and the second generation (2016-Present) of Chevy Sonic with 1.4L L4 and 1.8L L4 engines use Penzoil Platinum motor oil or AC Delco Dexos1 5W-30 engine oil.

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

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

What Is The Oil Type Used In Chevy Sonic?

Chevy Sonic only has two generations. Both of these generations have the same engines. Naturally, all of its models use the same type of engine oil.

The engine oil used in Chevy Sonic fulfills dexos1TM specifications. It has SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade (engine oils with 0W-20 viscosity grade can also be used if you live in a cold climate where the temperature falls below -29°C). You will also see the dexos1 approved logo on these engine oils. To find the right engine oil for this generation, click here.

What is The Oil Capacity of a Chevy Sonic?

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

Generation 1 (2011-16)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.4L L44.2 qt
1.8L L44.8 qt

Generation 2 (2016-Present)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.4L L44.2 qt
1.8L L44.8 qt

When To Change The Oil of A Chevy Sonic?

Chevy Sonic comes with an engine system that can indicate when to change the engine oil and filter. When the engine system calculates that the oil life has been diminished, it will show a CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message. Upon seeing this message, you must change the oil soon, preferably within the next 1000 km.

Some vehicles do not show the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message but instead show an OIL LIFE REMAINING percentage. When that percentage is low, it is suggested that you get your oil changed. If the engine oil life system is reset accidentally, the engine oil must be changed 5000 km after the last oil change.

How To Check The Oil Level of A Chevy Sonic?

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 Impala using the dipstick. Follow the given steps to check the oil level of your Chevy Impala.

  1. 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.
  2. Take out the dipstick and clean it using a paper towel. Push the cleaned dipstick back in all the way.
  3. Take the dipstick out again and check the oil level.
  4. If oil is below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick, add 1 liter or 1 quart of the recommended oil.
  5. Be sure to add the oil to keep it somewhere in the optimum range in the cross-hatched area.
  6. Put the dipstick back in once you are done.

What to Do with Used Oil?

Once you are done with the engine oil replacement, you must dispose of the oil properly. If any oil spills on your hands or skin, clean it using soap and water or a good hand cleaner. Used oil can also be hazardous to the environment. Never put it in the trash or on the ground. Take it by taking it to a place that collects oil and recycles it using environmental-friendly methods.

How to Reset the Engine Oil Life System?

Reset the system whenever the engine oil is changed to calculate the following engine oil change.

To reset the system, do the following:

  1. Press the MENU button to show Remaining Oil Life on the display. This display shows an estimate of the oil’s remaining useful life. If 99% is displayed, that means that 99% of the current oil life remains.
  2. To reset the engine oil life system, press the SET/CLR button while the oil life display is active. After a few seconds, there will be a single chime and the oil life will be reset to 100%.