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

The American-made Chevy Tahoe is a famous midsize SUV used across the American continent. That is why we have studied several necessary specifications of this vehicle. Today, we will be discussing the specifications of engine oil used in Chevy Tahoe. When it comes to the right kind of engine oil, there are several ambiguities. To clear them, here is a short answer*.

First-gen (1992-2000) Chevy Tahoe 5.7L V8 engine uses GM Goodwrench engine oil as standard engine oil. The second-gen (2000-07) with 4.8L, 5.3L engines and third-gen (2008-15) with 4.8L, 5.3L, 6.0L use AC Delco1 synthetic blend.  For the fourth-gen (2015-20) and the fifth-gen (2021-Present) Chevy Tahoe (5.3L, 6.2L), you can use the ACDelco dexos1 Gen2 full synthetic motor oil.

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

There are five generations of Chevy Tahoe. These five generations use different types of engine oils. In this article, we have tried to answer all of your queries. And we believe that the answer mentioned above does not adequately cater to all of your questions. Read on if you want to know the optimum oil type for Chevy Tahoe, the viscosity of the Chevy Tahoe, what to do with used oil, how to check the oil level of the Engine Life System in Chevy Tahoe, and finally: how to reset the oil level in a Chevy Tahoe.

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What Is The Oil Type Used In Chevy Tahoe?

Selecting the right kind of engine oil for your car would help your car go a long way. The six generations of Chevy Tahoe use different types of engine oils. Here is a breakdown of the actual type of engine oil used in Chevy Tahoe.

  • The first generation (1992-2000) of Chevrolet Tahoe uses engine oils that are certified by the API and have the starburst symbol. The ideal weight (or viscosity grade) is 0W-30. However, if you reside in areas where the temperature falls to around 0°F, you can also use the engine oil with 10W-30 weight. GM Goodwrench oil meets all the requirements for your vehicle. To find the right kind of engine oil for your car on Amazon, click here.
  • The second generation of Chevy Tahoe (2000-07) used the engine oil with the following requirements: GM6094M Compliant, having the API Starburst symbol, with an oil weight of 5W-30. In extremely cold temperatures, the oil with a weight/viscosity grade of 0W-30 can also be used. The recommended engine oil is ACDelco dexos1 Synthetic Blend. Click here to find the right engine oil.
  • As for the third generation (2008-15), Chevrolet suggests using engine oils with Dexos1TM specification. The ideal oil weight is 5W-30, but in colder climates, 0W-30 can also be used. To find the right engine oil for this generation, click here.
  • The fourth-generation (2015-20) Chevy Tahoe uses engine oils that have dexos1 gen 2 certifications. Use SAE 0W-20 viscosity grade engine oil (oil weight). You can find the right kind of engine oil here. ACDelco dexos1 Gen2 full synthetic motor oil is recommended.
  • Chevrolet Tahoe models belonging to the latest generation (2021-Present) use ful synthetic engine oils with dexos1 specifications, having the dexos1 approved logo, and with SAE viscosity grade 0W-20. The recommended engine oils for this generation include ACDelco dexos1 full synthetic. You can find the right kind of engine oil here.

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What is The Oil Capacity of a Chevy Tahoe?

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

Gen 1 (1992-2000)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
5.7L V8 Engine5 qt

Gen 2 (2000-07)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
4.8L V8 Engine6 qt
5.3L V8 Engine6 qt

Gen 3 (2008-15)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
4.8L V8 Engine6 qt
5.3L V8 Engine6 qt
6.0L V8 Engine6 qt

Gen 4 (2015-20)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
5.3L V8 Engine8 qt
6.2L V8 Engine8 qt

Gen 5 (2021-present)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
5.3L V8 Engine8 qt
6.2L V8 Engine8 qt

When To Change The Oil of A Chevy Tahoe?

Chevy Tahoe 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.

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How To Check The Oil Level of A Chevy Tahoe?

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.
  3. 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 Tahoe?

You must reset the engine oil system whenever you get your oil changed. To display the engine oil life system:

  1. Display OIL LIFE REMAINING on Driver Information Center (DIC). The vehicle must be in Park (P) to access this display.
  2. Press and hold V on the DIC, or SET/CLR on the turn signal lever if the vehicle does not have DIC buttons, for several seconds. The oil life will change to 100%.

Another method to reset the oil system is as follows:

  1. Display OIL LIFE REMAINING on the DIC.
  2. Fully press the accelerator pedal slowly three times within five seconds. If the display shows 100%, the system is reset.
  3. If the vehicle has a CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message popping up when the vehicle is started and/or the OIL LIFE REMAINING is near 0%, the engine oil life system has not been reset. In this case, repeat the procedure.

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