Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

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    Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    My last vehicle was a 2004 Chrysler T&C and now I am faced with a very different motor and would like assistance with the necessary steps to change the oil and filter. My owners manual provides no info on this procedure - for obvious reasons. There is no schematic showing the locations of the oil drain plug and the filter housing.

    I'm sure I can locate the drain plug but wonder about what appears to be the filter system on the upper side of the motor and wonder if there is anything I should know about removing the cap - i.e., special tool or caveats when removing the cap.

    Thanks in advance

    Frank

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    I have basicly the same on my HHR, I use a 32mm 1/2 socket wrench with extension to remove the plastic cover. put some old rags down around the cap so that as you pick it up after you unscrew it, oil will not drip on the engine. The filter will stay attached to the lid, and even after the oil is drained there is always some residual oil that likes to drip. I like to keep drips off the engine so that I don't get the smell of oil burning off as I drive. The new filter will come with a new cap seal ring, that is a good idea to replace also. Remove the old filter from the cap and put the new one back on, them screw the cap back on with the filter attached. Its really simple. Have fun, get to know your car. I hope this is helpfull.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    The dealer will do it for about $30 and may throw in a tire rotation for that price.
    you don't have to buy oil & filter att eh local parts store.
    you don't have to climb under the car to change the oil.
    You don't have to dispose of the used oil.

    Make life easy and let the dealer do it.

    If you have to ask how, and need a written procedure to do it, you would be better served to let the dealer do it. And I think that may be the motor they will recalibrate the oil life monitoring system. GM has found the OLI on certain models is to long and they are experiencing catastrophic engine failures because of it. The recalibration is done under warranty.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Injun Ear View Post
    The dealer will do it for about $30 and may throw in a tire rotation for that price.
    you don't have to buy oil & filter att eh local parts store.
    you don't have to climb under the car to change the oil.
    You don't have to dispose of the used oil.

    Make life easy and let the dealer do it.
    My buddy might disagree.
    Had 3 oil changes done on his new Cruze and dealer messed them all up.
    Round off the drain plug, then wanted him to pay for a new one and spilled so much oil he had to stop on his way home and rinse some of the oil off since it was smelling so bad. Sound like a recall from "owners" spilling oil causing fires?

    Problem I've seen with many dealers today is they have a quick change lube rack. So even if you have a tech you like working on your vehicle chances are they won't be doing the oil change, just a minimum wage kid who may have no mechanical skills.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowboy View Post
    My buddy might disagree.
    Had 3 oil changes done on his new Cruze and dealer messed them all up.
    Round off the drain plug, then wanted him to pay for a new one and spilled so much oil he had to stop on his way home and rinse some of the oil off since it was smelling so bad. Sound like a recall from "owners" spilling oil causing fires?

    Problem I've seen with many dealers today is they have a quick change lube rack. So even if you have a tech you like working on your vehicle chances are they won't be doing the oil change, just a minimum wage kid who may have no mechanical skills.
    Sounds like a fast service oil place,just like the kind my son use to use. Monte Carlo battery always checked on form but never done. Buried under air intake box and angle fender support that never saw a wrench........................

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Injun Ear View Post
    The dealer will do it for about $30 and may throw in a tire rotation for that price.
    you don't have to buy oil & filter att eh local parts store.
    you don't have to climb under the car to change the oil.
    You don't have to dispose of the used oil.

    Make life easy and let the dealer do it.
    Makes life easy but more expencive in the long run.. At some dealers their 21 point inspection will usually cause them to make something up that's wrong and if you don't know what you're doing you'll just let them charge you insane amounts of money to fix it. Crawling under the vehicle give you a chance to check things out and see for yourself what may be wrong. I change my own oil because I'm not lazy and I can do it in a half an hour just like anyone else. I'd rather change it myself than sit in a waiting room bored out of my mind for a half an hour.
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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Jim,

    I have been changing oil on my cars since 1950 - most likely before you were born. I merely asked for information on the oil filter system that was unfamiliar to me. As you may know the Equinox filter housing is in an unusual location (to me) and the filter itself is much different than any I had worked with. I was hoping to get input from others that are more familiar with the system. You may be right about having the dealer do it, but I am from the old school and like to occasionally view the under side of my vehicles - changing one's oil accomplishes that.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Buy the special socket that fits on the lid. I did not use it the first oil change and while you can do it, you need a very large socket which costs just as much as the shallow one you can buy on Amazon or any parts store. In fact, I did all my oil changes from the top side with a vacuum pump made for oil changes and it was wonderful.


    I will suggest to use a very good full synthetic. Pennzoil Platinum is becoming the standard for GM direct injection engines as it resists fuel dilution amazingly well.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Thanks for the input bballr,

    Would you kindly provide more info on the your suggestion to use a large socket. Do you mean deep? And do you think one can buy just the single socket rather than the entire set? At 81 I do not intend to do any repairs other than oil changes.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    I always check Youtube for something comparable:


    And check this guy out with his Terrain:
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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    I will throw in one piece of information here. If this is your first oil change, when you take the filter cap out to change the filter, you will notice a green seal on the cap. My best recommendation is to leave that there as per GM, that is a "lifetime" seal. Unless you change it everytime you buy a new filter, if you change it once for a black seal (usually in non-ACDelco filters for Ecotec engines) it will compress over time and start to leak oil.

    If you happen to buy an ACDelco filter for your Equinox, you will notice that it does not come with a new seal.

    Take a read here: http://www.archivedsites.com/techlin...-concerns.html

    Other than that, Ecotec engines have one of the easiest oil changes. 15mm wrench for the drain plug (pass. side of the engine, back of the oil pan) and the 32mm socket for the cap up top (Lisle makes a low profile socket that should be able to be found at many parts stores). 5 quarts of your favorite (2011 and newer GM use Dexos from the factory which is semi-synthetic) and your good to go!!


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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    Thanks for the informative post, newdude. Will comply with your reuse suggestion for the factory cap seal. The filter I bought was a Bosch and it did come with a new seal.

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    Re: Help with oil change on 2013 Equinox 4 cyl

    mudpuddle - thanks for the video - very helpful

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