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

Chevy Spark is a subcompact car that first flooded the American automotive industry during the early 2000s. The concept of this small but reliable hatchback was originally brought to life by Daewoo and was known as Daewoo Matiz. Let us learn about the oil type used in Chevy Spark. For starters, here is a short answer*.

The first generation of Chevrolet Spark (2000-05) and the second-gen (2005-09) with 0.8L L3 & 1.0L L4 engines use Castrol Manual VMX-M 75W-85. The third-gen (2009-16) with 1.0L &1.2L use AC Delco 5W-20 Synthetic Blend. The fourth (2016-18) and the fifth-generation (2018-Present) with 1.4L L4 engine use AC Delco 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil.

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

But this is not all. There are many questions and queries about the oil used in Chevy Spark that is yet to be answered. In the detailed article mentioned below, we will enlist the optimum oil type for Chevy Spark, the oil weight of the Chevy Spark, the oil capacity of a Chevy Spark, and how to reset the oil level in a Chevy Spark.

Also read: 12 Common Chevy Spark Problems

What Is The Oil Type Used In Chevy Spark?

There have been 5 different generations of Chevy Spark, during which it has undergone several changes. This includes the oil capacity and oil type. Before buying the right kind of engine oil, you must know all the requirements of the ideal engine oil for your car. The following table will give you the requirements and the recommended engine oils for various generations of Chevy Spark.

  • The first generation and the second generation of Chevy Spark (2000-05) was known as Daewoo Matiz, and it was manufactured by GM Daewoo, the famous Korean car manufacturer. The engine oil used in this car needs to be SJ Grade with the following oil weights: SAE 5W30, SAE 10W30, SAE 15W40. Recommended engine oils are CASTROL MANUAL VMX-M 75W-85. Mobil, Chevron, and Mannol are some of the other brands that supply the right kind of engine oil for this car. Click here to buy the right engine oil for this generation.
  • The third generation (2009-16) saw the unveiling of a new name for this car: Chevrolet Spark. This car works well with engine oils that meet dexos1TM specifications, have the dexos1 approved logo, and have SAE 5W-20 oil weight. To find engine oils that go with gasoline engines, third-generation, click here.
  • The fourth and fifth generations use the same kind of engine oil. This engine oil has a viscosity of 0W-20the  and meets the Dexos1 specifications. To find an engine oil meeting these specifications, click here.

What is The Oil Capacity of a Chevy Spark?

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

Gen 1 (2000-05)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
0.8L L3 Engine2.85 qt
1.0L L4 Engine3.4 qt

 

Gen 2 (2005-09)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
0.8L L3 Engine2.85 qt
1.0L L4 Engine3.4 qt

 

Gen 3 (2009-16)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.0L L3 Engine3.2 qt
1.2L L4 Engine4 qt

 

Gen 4 (2016-18)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.4L L4 Engine4.2 qt

Gen 5 (2018-Present)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.4L L4 Engine4.2 qt

When To Change The Oil of A Chevy Spark?

Chevy Spark comes with an engine system that can indicate when to change the engine oil and filter. When the engine system has calculated that the oil life has been diminished, it will show a message of CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON. 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 previous oil change.

Also read: How To Flat/Dolly Tow A Chevy Spark (Step-By-Step)

How To Check The Oil Level of A Chevy Spark?

Checking the engine oil regularly can save you the hassle of your vehicle breaking down in the middle of the road. To check the engine oil, follow the given steps.

  1. To get an accurate reading, park the vehicle on level ground. Check the engine oil level after the engine has been off for at least two hours.
  2. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it with a clean paper

towel or cloth, then push it back in all the way. Remove it again, keep the tip down, and check the level.

  1. If the oil level is below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick, add 1L of the recommended engine oil.

How To Reset The Oil Level of A Chevy Spark?

Reset the system whenever the engine oil is changed so that the system can calculate the next engine oil change. Always reset the engine oil life to 100% after each oil change. It will not reset itself. To reset the system, do the following:

Base Level Cluster1

  1. Press the MENU button to show Remaining Oil Life on the display.
  2. If 99% is displayed, that means that 99% of the current oil life remains.
  3. To reset the engine oil life system, press SET/CLR while the oil life display is active.

After a few seconds, the oil life will be reset to 100%. Be careful not to reset the oil life display accidentally at any time other than after the oil is changed. It cannot be reset accurately.

Up level Cluster1

  1. Turn the ignition on without starting the engine.
  2. Press the DIC MENU button on the turn signal lever to enter the Vehicle Information Menu.
  3. Use the thumbwheel to scroll through the menu items until you reach REMAINING OIL LIFE.
  4. Press SET/CLR to reset the oil life at 100%.
  5. Turn the ignition off. The system is reset when the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message is off and the REMAINING OIL LIFE 100% message is displayed.
  6. If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes back on when the vehicle is started, the engine oil life system has not been reset. Repeat the procedure.

The oil life system can also be reset as follows:

  1. Turn the ignition on with the engine off.
  2. Fully press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds. The system is reset when the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message is off and the REMAINING OIL LIFE 100% message is displayed.
  3. If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes back on when the vehicle is started, the engine oil life system has not been reset. Repeat the procedure.

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