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Chevrolet Equinox Oil Changes

My husband wants to change the oil in our Equinox for the first time, but the owner's manual tells you if you want to do your own service you need to order another manual. Anyone change their own oil yet? Can you tell me where to find the filter and the plug and any other details that would be helpful. Thanks


  • flyeriflyeri Posts: 1
    No manual needed. The oil filter is plainly visible in front of the engine block and the drain plug is on the rear of the oil pan. Read the owners manual for resetting the oil life message on the DIC. Google a DIY on oil changes if he has never changed oil before. It is virtually the same process on every vehicle made today. This one is very easy to get to everything.
  • jim_dandyjim_dandy Posts: 94
    I switched over at about 14,000 miles.
    Engine will run cooler with less engine wear, especially in colder climates.
    You can run this oil between 5,000 and 10,000 miles.
    Good stuff!

    My wife drives the Nox so I change it at 5,000 miles. ;)

    Also seeing better fuel economy.
  • ilonka29ilonka29 Posts: 3
    Please tell me how to reset the oil life message on the Equinox, my husnabd just changed oil but he said the manual doesn't say how to reset the msg it only says that it has to be done.
    Please help!
    Thank you
  • Reset the engine oil life system by pressing down on the gas pedal (3) times within five seconds with key turned to "Run" position. Light will flash while the system is re-setting. Turn the key to "Lock".

    Page 5-16 of my manuual.
  • htmac1htmac1 Posts: 2
    how come my dealer wants me to have the oil changed every 3k miles?????
  • htmac1htmac1 Posts: 2
    how come my dealer pushes me to 3k mile oil changes?
    is it just so he can get me in there 4 times a year?
    what ever happened to the 5k or 7.5k oil changes?
    they act like I will void my warranty if I don't keep it up.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Your vehicule has a computer system that lets you know when to change the oil and filter in your Equinox. It's not based on mileage like before but by the engine's revolutions and temperature based on your driving conditions. When it's time to make an oil and filter change, your "change engine oil light" will come on in your dashboard. And when the light comes on, you're still able to do 600 milles before your oil change.
    If you are driving under the best conditions your "change oil light" may not indicate that an oil change is necessary for over a year. However, your engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year. Make sure that your "Engine Oil Life System" is reset after the oil change has been made.
    My Equinox is a 2005 LT and that's the way I do it. And that's by following the "Owners Manual" booklet. So tell your dealer to take a Equinox Owners Manual and do some reading, your dealer is trying to make some easy money on you.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    The only way that your warranty could be void is damaging your engine caused by driving without enough oil or by adding to much oil or adding an additive to your oil.
    It's your responsibility to check your oil level at all time.
  • and have used it since. The oil life monitor lights up about every 4,500 miles. In the past with other cars I have always changed it at 3,000 miles but it appears that oil/engine/filter technologies have changed enough to make that overly cautious. Plus GM uses numerous engine sensors and a highly researched computer program to better estimate when oil goes bad. I trust them.
  • I have a 2005 Nox and have yet to find and grease fittings on the chassis. Are there any lubrication points on this vehicle or are they all sealed?
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    The ball joints fittings are "lubed for life" and even when the truck was new, they would have appeared dry. The only way you can get into the joints is to replace the joints - something I would not do until they get loose or start making noise.
    Mine is also a 2005 LT. and so far "trouble free". Lots off owners seems to have problems with their Nox's. I must be blessed or....
  • I've had very few problems with mine also. Although it's in the shop now to have a sensor replaced in the gas tank. I just got suspicious when the dealer asked if I wanted it lubed and the oil changed while it was there for $50. I do my own oil changes and lubrication and couldn't find any grease fittings on it. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Thanks for the reply!
  • ivanlivanl Posts: 1
    I would like to flush the transmission fluid and replace the filter as it is recommended at 50k mi. Has anyone here done this job themselves? I dont like the fact that there is no dipstick for the tranny!? Thats messed up. Can anyone let me know or should I fork over 200 dollars and have midas take care of it? Thanks.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    What type of transmission does it have. The five speed AF33-5/ 3.4 liter engine or 6T70-75 six speed that comes with the 3.6 liter engine.

    The dipstick for the five speed is located behind the front transaxle mount, you have to loosen a bolt to get the dipstick out from the tranny. The filter and gasket from Fram is $54.00 and the five speed will take Dexron T-IV fuild about 3.3 liters to 4.06 liters.

    It's best to just drain the fluids from the tranny rather than flushing all the fine metals particles out. Alot of people have had the flush done and have had alot of problems after.

    You can go to and purchase and have access to all the technical info about your year of Equinox
  • I know where the dipstick is on the 5 speed automatic - hiding very low behind a transmission mount and almost in accessible - but where is the fill location for this transmission? There is no dipstick like most transmissions have.

    It also looks like that transmission mount might need to be removed, just to get the oil pan off.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    It might have to be but i would try taking off the pan first before removing the transmission mount. You have have to use the dipstick hole to refill the transmission, watch how you tighten the pan bolts, go in a crisscross pattern when tightening them up.
  • Hi,

    I would like a recommendation of the best "BRAND" of oil to use in my 2010 Equinox 2.4 engine.

    The owners manual does not specify any BRAND but tells what SAE viscosity to use.

    I am thinking of using Mobile 1 or Amsoil but have concerns about engine oil seals leaking. All synthetic oil have a smaller molecule which might bleed through oil seals. Then my 5/50 warranty is worth nothing. Your input will be most appreciated.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 381
    Have been using Amsoil in my personal cars and customers for almost 30 years. Use it & don't worry about seals. That's just a big bunch of bull if your engine is sound.
  • I have been using Mobil One in my 2006 Equinox for 36,000 miles. Any name brand synthetic would be great for your engine. Walmart sells them in 5 quart jugs at a great price. Your worries about oil seals are unfounded. I use synthetic oil in my 1995 Ranger and 1999 Explorer (both with over 100,000 miles) with no leaks.

    Just my 2 cents.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Oil leaks are from in properly seated seals in their housing . They also get hard and start leaking from too many heat cycles long life of the vehicle , this is why they start leaking . Imports usually have better quality of seals then domestics generally.

    I have used Mobil 1 synthetic oil for years and have had good results . Even Castrol synthetic is on the same quality level.
  • treetoadtreetoad Posts: 1
    Old school thoughts on when to change to synthetic oil had you wait 10,000-20,000 miles. Many new cars are now delivered with Mobil 1 from the factory. I wll be switching to synthetic on my 2010 (2.4) after a couple of changes. Any thougts on this? Thanks.
  • ems1ems1 Posts: 48
    I'm planing to change to synthetic this weekend in my 2010 2.4 with 4,500 miles. After it has the synthetic oil in, I will use the Oil life monitor for future changes. As you stated, "old school had you wait for 10,000 or more miles." That is not necessary any more. Since the oil life monitor usually indicates 7,000 mile+ changes with the driving I do, I want the extra protection with a synthetic oil.
  • I have a 2006 with about 35,000 miles on it now. I changed to Mobil 1 at 500 miles based on their website stating that you do not need to wait to change to synthetic. New engines do not have the long break-in period like the old ones. I change it out when the car tells me to (about every 4,000 miles).
  • runoxrunox Posts: 156
    Why wait? Unless the next couple of services are free.
  • rmkuschermkusche Posts: 2
    Want to do oil change myself. Need to get a couple of answers:

    1. The drain plug is on the back side of what I think is the oil pan, apparently directly beneath the engine. True or false?

    2. If so, what size is the bolt. A 13mm box end fits perfectly.

    If I'm right, I tried using the box end but it's on pretty tight. Suggestions on getting it off for someone who has to crawl underneath, no ramps.

  • I'm in the exact same boat(SUV?).

    Rear bottom of oil pan, size 13mm fit. I tried a driver with socket and the socket flowered open without shaking the bolt loose.
  • rmkuschermkusche Posts: 2
    I used a 1/2 in drive six point 13mm socket and it came loose easier than expected. Since it is "backwards" being on the rear, are you sure you're turning in the right direction?
  • runoxrunox Posts: 156
    Just did my 2nd oil change and noticed I burned a quart of oil. The original oil was dino grade and at the first change a full 5 quarts drained out. Then I switched to synthetic. Last checked at 3000K, the oil level was full. From 3000 to 6000 I dropped a quart of synthetic.

    Is it common for synthetic to burn off? There are no leaks including the oil pan bolt.
  • I've got a 2010 Equinox also, and it seemed to burn Synthetic oil also. This last oil change, I put regular oil, and it burned a quart in 1500 miles. This scares me.
  • rocketentrocketent Posts: 60
    Ok, guess it's time to check the oil. Sheesh, shouldn't have to think about this on a new car. Is being a quart low something the computer or Onstar alerts you to? Probably not, just asking if you guys had an alert.
    Anyone else experiencing this oil loss?
    I'll check within the next couple of days and report back.
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