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Chevrolet Equinox, Oil, SUV
#49 of 105 Re: Burning Synthetic [the3dolla]
Nov 06, 2010 (5:07 pm)
I guess this is for the one in a trillion chance eh? It's not like I'd turn the car on anyways unless I intended on backing up off the ramps.
#50 of 105 Re: Burning Synthetic [wallyuwl]
Dec 22, 2010 (2:09 am)
The 2010 and present Equinox with the 4 cyl. has a cartridge oil filter not a canister. It's under a black cap on the top front of the engine just aft of the dip stick. Also, watch for the dexos1 rating for an oil. Valvoline is not dexos1 rated yet.
#51 of 105 Re: Burning Synthetic [vwalburn]
Dec 22, 2010 (9:19 am)
Dexos1 and 2 are just money grabs by GM to get more money from licensing. There is little that is different with that spec than what most synthetics (group III even) already have. Valvoline has said their Synpower already meets Dexos1, but they aren't licensing it because it would add about $.50 a quart to the price of their product. GM has said that using an oil that meets Dexos1, even if it isn't licensed, is adequate for warranty purposes (and this wouldn't even apply to 2010s since they have no Dexos1 requirement for their oil in the manual).
#52 of 105 Re: Burning Synthetic [wallyuwl]
Jan 07, 2011 (3:33 pm)
dexos is only required for 2011 gm. 2010 dont have to use it. gf4 oils will work just fine.
Jan 15, 2011 (5:18 am)
First oil change. 2011 Nox with six. On check in had conversation about new GM SG5 oil type for Nox six. No idea what I was talking about. I told them yo put in Penzoil G5 which is approved by GM for their new direct injection six. Check out....regular SG4 put in.Talked to service manager, and he was aware of new oil requirments. Drained and replaced. I then asked if the put a new filter in. No. So drain and refill with new filter. To their credit.....no charge.
Please, be aware of the new oil regiment for the 2011 Nox six.
#55 of 105 Re: Oil Change [wingroot]
Jan 15, 2011 (12:59 pm)
ive talked to a few service managers and none even knew that 2011 gm cars need this new oil. scary.
#56 of 105 Re: Oil Change [wingroot]
Jan 16, 2011 (12:39 pm)
I just bought my 2011 V6 so no oil change for a while, but what's with the SG5 oil type (versus SG4)? What are the technical differences. With a direct injection engine, you'd think they'd be forcing you to buy the higher grade GAS, not oil.
This sounds like another great American scam to me: "we'll develop this new 'direct injection' engine and then tell them they need to buy your new oil ... "
#57 of 105 Re: Oil Change [colt_hero]
Jan 16, 2011 (1:18 pm)
GF5 is the new oil standard, GF4 is the old one. Along with GF5, is SN, and they are similar (just like SM was similar to GF4). Before long you won't be able to buy oil from a major manufacturer that is not GF5 (Pennzoil dino yellow bottle already is - synthetics have surpassed these standards for a long time). Just use a good synthetic (dexos "approved" or not - they all meet the spec just some, like Valvoline, aren't willing to pay the certification fee to GM) with a low NOACK rating (because of the direct injection engine) and follow the oil life monitor for oil changes and you'll be fine.
Also, direct injection engines is not an American maufacturer thing. German companies were the first to introduce them, and it was quite a while ago. A whole host of manufacturers are not making DI engines because you get about 3% better fuel economy, and the feds keep upping the mileage requirements.
Your conspiracy theories are unwarranted.
#58 of 105 Re: Oil Change [wallyuwl]
Jan 17, 2011 (12:32 pm)
Well, I haven't read through the owner's manual yet. In fact, the car hasn't moved since I brought it home a week ago. But I wasn't planning on using synthetic oil. I've used standard oil with my other three cars and they've got 250,000 ('89 Colt), 193,000 ('97 Taurus), and 143,000 ('02 Impala) miles on them. I'd really rather have all the cars using the same oil - just easier to manage that way. And I'm guessing the car comes from the factory with standard oil in it, but I could be wrong.
We'll see what the owner's manual says. If the car can take standard oil, that's probably what it'll get. I've always serviced my cars myself and I've never had any oil-related problems (I've rarely had ANY problems). And I like changing the oil between 3000 and 4000 miles - especially when the mileage starts piling up (and oil starts disappearing between changes). I'm afraid if I get too complacent with synthetic changing the oil every 7000 to 8000 miles, at some point after 150,000 miles I'm going to get into trouble with low oil levels (unless I check the dipstick religiously ... something I've never done in the past because I change the oil religiously).