Chevy Equinox Oil Capacity and Oil Change Guide

chevy equinox oil capacity

Important: Keep engine oil at the proper level and change as recommended.

In order to keep your Chevy Equinox running as smoothly, safely and reliably as possible, it is very important to follow the service intervals for your Chevy Equinox. The below guide describes the appropriate service intervals for your Chevy Equinox

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Chevy Equinox Oil Capacity

EngineOil capacityOil type (viscosity)
3.6L V6 Enginewith filter 5.2 L (5.5 qt)

SAE 5W-30

SAE 20W-50

Use only engine oil identified as meeting GM Standard GM6094M and showing the American Petroleum Institute Certified For Gasoline Engines starburst symbol. Failure to use the recommended oil can result in engine damage not covered by your warranty.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Chevy Equinox Oil Capacity

EngineOil capacity with filterOil type (viscosity)
2.4L L4 Engine4.7 L (5.0 qt)

SAE 5W-30

SAE 0W-30

3.6L V6 Engine5.7 L (6.0 qt)

SAE 5W-30

SAE 0W-30

Oil change interval: 12 000 km/7,500 mi.

2018 2019 2020 Chevy Equinox Oil Capacity

EngineOil capacity with filterOil type (viscosity)
1.5L L4 Gas Engine AWD5.0 L (5.3 qt)

SAE 5W-30

SAE 0W-20

1.5L L4 Gas Engine FWD4.0 L (4.2 qt)



1.6L L4 Diesel Engine5.0 L (5.3 qt)

SAE 5W-30

SAE 0W-40

2.0L L4 Gas Engine AWD5.7 L (6.0 qt)



2.0L L4 Gas Engine FWD4.7 L (5.0 qt)



Use only engine oil that is approved to the Dexos-2 specification or equivalent engine oil as defined in the preceding paragraph. Failure to use the recommended engine oil can result in engine damage not covered by the vehicle warranty.

When to Add Engine Oil

If the oil is below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick, add at least one quart/liter of the recommended oil. This section explains what kind of oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see Capacities and Specifications on page 5-107.

Notice: Do not add too much oil. If the engine has so much oil that the oil level gets above the cross-hatched area that shows the proper operating range, the engine could be damaged.

Engine Oil Additives

Do not add anything to the oil. The recommended oils with the starburst symbol that meet GM Standard GM6094M are all you need for good performance and engine protection.

When to Change Engine Oil

Your vehicle has a computer system that lets you know when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on mileage. Based on driving conditions, the mileage at which an oil change will be indicated can vary considerably. For the oil life system to work properly, you must reset the system every time the oil is changed.

When the system has calculated that oil life has been diminished, it will indicate that an oil change is necessary. A change engine oil light and a CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message will come on. Change the oil as soon as possible within the next 600 miles (1 000 km). It is possible that, if you are driving under the best conditions, the oil life system might not indicate that an oil change is necessary for over a year. However, the engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and at this time the system must be reset.

Your dealer/retailer has trained service people who will perform this work using genuine parts and reset the system. It is also important to check the oil regularly and keep it at the proper level. If the system is ever reset accidentally, you must change the oil at 3,000 miles (5 000 km) since the last oil change. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil is changed.

What to Do with Used Oil

Used engine oil contains certain elements that can be unhealthy for your skin and could even cause cancer. Do not let used oil stay on your skin for very long. Clean your skin and nails with soap and water, or a good hand cleaner. Wash or properly dispose of clothing or rags containing used engine oil. See the manufacturer’s warnings about the use and disposal of oil products.

Used oil can be a threat to the environment. If you change your own oil, be sure to drain all the oil from the filter before disposal. Never dispose of oil by putting it in the trash, pouring it on the ground, into sewers, or into streams or bodies of water. Instead, recycle it by taking it to a place that collects used oil. If you have a problem properly disposing of used oil, ask your dealer/retailer, a service station, or a local recycling center for help.

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