Change The Oil on a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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Learn how to change the oil on your 2018 Chevy Equinox with a 2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder. We've got a step by step how to with all the parts and tools you'll need.

Chevrolet calls for an oil change every 3000 miles under normal use, or when indicated by the Engine Oil Life System. This is basedon a combination of factors which include engine revolutions, engine temperature, and miles driven. Based on driving conditions, themileage at which an oil change is indicated can vary considerably.

Get Started by Lifting the Car


Lift the front of the vehicle using your jack and place the vehicle on jack stands. If you have drive on ramps (easy and safe) you can also use those.

Be careful and safe! Always set your emergency brake.

Simple & Easy Layout

Chevrolet made the 2.0L Turbo L4 a very easy engine to change the oil on. Underneath, you can easily see open access to the oil filter and the drain plug on the pan. No need to remove skid plates or contort your hand into odd positions to drain the oil or remove the filter.

Drain the Oil


Using a 15mm socket, loosen the drain plug to the oil pan underneath the vehicle. Have your oil catch pan ready and remove the bolt completely once loosened.

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Let the oil drain completely out of the pan. Once you have seen it slow to a drip, re-thread the drain plug back into the pain starting with your fingers to be sure you do not cross thread the bolt. Tighten the drain plug all the way with the 15mm socket being careful not to over tighten the plug.

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Remove the Oil Filter


Remove the oil filter using your favorite type of filter wrench. Be sure to have the oil catch pan ready under the filter as it does contain oil and will spill out when removing.

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Once the filter has been removed, clean up any of the residual oil left around the filter adapter.

Installing New Oil Filter


Before installing the new oil filter, you need to lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket located on top of the filter. This helps create a better seal on the gasket to ensure no leakage. Gently rub a thin layer of fresh oil around the top of the o-ring. A clean finger is standard - we dont care how you do it, just do it and keep the gasket clean of foreign debris (dirt, lint, boogers, etc).

Due to the upright position of the oil filter, we prefer to pre-fill our filter with some of the new oil. This method has been debated on if it's worth it, good or bad for the motor, and so on. Our viewpoint - a pre-filled oil filter is less time the pump has to push oil into a dry filter, so fill it up and get fresh oil back through the motor quicker! You can find varying viewpoints on this subject and since we prefer to to do, we are including it into this writeup.


Take some of the new oil and pour it into the center of the oil filter REFERENCE PICTURE IN STEP 5. The filter will begin to soak up the oil, so just keep adding until you can see a visible pool of oil sitting in the center of the filter.


Carefully screw the new filter on making sure you do not cross thread it and hand tightening it until snug. We like to go another 1/2 to 3/4 turn to ensure the filter is fully seated and tight. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN - Remember, you want to get it off the next time you change your oil!

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Fill with New Oil


With the hood open, remove the oil fil cap on top of the engine.


Using your funnel, refill the oil. It takes approximately 5 quarts.

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Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.

Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end.

Finish Up


Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks.


Lower the car back to the ground.


Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.

Resetting the Oil Service Light

The Chevy Equinox has an Engine Oil Life System controlled by the computer. You will need to reset it once you complete an oil change so it goes back to 100% and can tell you the next time your oil needs changing.

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Display REMAINING OIL LIFE on the Driver Information Center (DIC) menu.


On the steering wheel, press and hold the CHECK SYMBOL for several seconds while the Oil Life display is active to reset the Oil Life system.


The DIC will update and ask if you want to reset the oil life system. NO will be automatically selected, you want to select YES. Use the UP arrow (above the CHECK SYMBOL) to select YES.

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Once you have YES highlighted and selected, push the CHECK SYMBOL once again to confirm resetting the oil life system.


The DIC will update and go back to 100% on the Oil Life System. You can now scroll back to your choice of information to display on the DIC (Trip, Vehicle Info, Eco).

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##How to Get Rid of Your Old Oil?##

Your local auto parts store will take your old oil as long as you don't mix it with any other fluids.

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