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#2303857 - 07/02/11 03:29 AM Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox,
Gwhaley262 Offline


Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 64
Loc: Philadelphia, Pa.
I just bought a new 2011 Chevy Equinox LT 1LT 2.4L. I need a recommendation for a good oil to put in my new DI engine once its time to change the factory fill. I believe I've read these new engines can trash oil. I know Ml is Dexos approved but I read on an Equinox forum that my engine will trash it according to a UOA posted over there. What are your thoughts?




Edited by Gwhaley262 (07/02/11 03:32 AM)
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#2303858 - 07/02/11 03:36 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
Bill in Utah Offline



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One thread of interest.

Another one.

More come up with a search.

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#2303864 - 07/02/11 04:49 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
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Registered: 10/11/09
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I apologize for not using search. I should know better. Thanks for the head start.
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#2303915 - 07/02/11 07:29 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
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Registered: 06/16/05
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Loc: Wichita, Kansas
We currently have Amsoil XL 5W-30 and a Mobil1 oil filter in our 2011 Equinox 11K. Now that Mobil 1 E.P. is on the dexos list, I think I will use it next; Amsoil isn't on the list but it is API certified and formulated to dexos specs. At the time it was the only oil I could get that had anything on the label about dexos. They recommend dexos oil but the owners manual states that you can use any API 5W-30 oil if dexos is not available. Mobil 1 E.P. and a Mobil 1 filter would be my recommendation. And get the special socket; it does the job.
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#2303923 - 07/02/11 07:40 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
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Registered: 05/17/09
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New engines trash oil, I wouldnt read anything into oil shear or dilution on a engine during breakin.
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#2303934 - 07/02/11 08:07 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: ARCOgraphite]
Chris Meutsch Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1942
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Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
New engines trash oil, I wouldnt read anything into oil shear or dilution on a engine during breakin.


It's not the newness, it's the DI factor that appears to be hurting longevity of oil.
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#2303941 - 07/02/11 08:13 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
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I'm using PP at 5k intervals on my Acadia with D.I.

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#2304266 - 07/02/11 03:17 PM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Chris Meutsch]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
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Originally Posted By: Chris Meutsch
Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
New engines trash oil, I wouldnt read anything into oil shear or dilution on a engine during breakin.


It's not the newness, it's the DI factor that appears to be hurting longevity of oil.
I've only read complaints from folks with DI whose engines are not yet broken in. Anyone with issues with over 20K miles?
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#2304643 - 07/03/11 12:24 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
dwendt44 Offline


Registered: 05/17/06
Posts: 3571
Loc: Central Wisconsin
GM has had it's problems with that 4 cylinder DI engine.

Noisy start ups and fuel in the oil.
Seems to be a fuel pump issue.

Keep an eye on the oil; smell for gas fumes.
Get to a dealer if you smell gasoline.
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#2306894 - 07/05/11 03:53 PM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
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Registered: 07/02/11
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Loc: Texas
Your oil recommendation is in the owners manual. Your owner's manual also tells you how often to change it.

I recommend any major brand of oil.
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#2306895 - 07/05/11 03:54 PM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: johnsmellsalot]
OVERKILL Offline


Registered: 04/28/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: johnsmellsalot
Your oil recommendation is in the owners manual. Your owner's manual also tells you how often to change it.

I recommend any major brand of oil.


Actually, this vehicle has an oil life monitor which tells him how often to change it.
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#2307437 - 07/06/11 01:55 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: OVERKILL]
Brons2 Offline


Registered: 09/16/03
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Loc: Austin, Texas
Originally Posted By: OVERK1LL
Originally Posted By: johnsmellsalot
Your oil recommendation is in the owners manual. Your owner's manual also tells you how often to change it.

I recommend any major brand of oil.


Actually, this vehicle has an oil life monitor which tells him how often to change it.


I recommend not to use the OLM on this vehicle as it will give you a too-long oil change interval. The DI engines in these small SUV's cause a lot of fuel dilution.

As to what I recommend, Castrol 5w30 High Mileage, it starts off at 12.0 CST, that will help minimize the effects of the fuel dilution shearing.

http://www.castrol.com/liveassets/bp_internet/castrol/castrol_usa/STAGING/local_assets/downloads/p,q/pds_gtx_high_mileage_usa.pdf
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#2307528 - 07/06/11 08:25 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Brons2]
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Registered: 04/28/08
Posts: 25644
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Brons2
Originally Posted By: OVERK1LL
Originally Posted By: johnsmellsalot
Your oil recommendation is in the owners manual. Your owner's manual also tells you how often to change it.

I recommend any major brand of oil.


Actually, this vehicle has an oil life monitor which tells him how often to change it.


I recommend not to use the OLM on this vehicle as it will give you a too-long oil change interval. The DI engines in these small SUV's cause a lot of fuel dilution.

As to what I recommend, Castrol 5w30 High Mileage, it starts off at 12.0 CST, that will help minimize the effects of the fuel dilution shearing.

http://www.castrol.com/liveassets/bp_internet/castrol/castrol_usa/STAGING/local_assets/downloads/p,q/pds_gtx_high_mileage_usa.pdf


It was my understanding that GM recently recalibrated the OLM for the DI vehicles to reduce the interval.
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#2307561 - 07/06/11 08:54 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: OVERKILL]
Jehartley Offline


Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 270
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: OVERK1LL
Originally Posted By: Brons2
Originally Posted By: OVERK1LL
Originally Posted By: johnsmellsalot
Your oil recommendation is in the owners manual. Your owner's manual also tells you how often to change it.

I recommend any major brand of oil.


Actually, this vehicle has an oil life monitor which tells him how often to change it.


I recommend not to use the OLM on this vehicle as it will give you a too-long oil change interval. The DI engines in these small SUV's cause a lot of fuel dilution.

As to what I recommend, Castrol 5w30 High Mileage, it starts off at 12.0 CST, that will help minimize the effects of the fuel dilution shearing.

http://www.castrol.com/liveassets/bp_internet/castrol/castrol_usa/STAGING/local_assets/downloads/p,q/pds_gtx_high_mileage_usa.pdf


It was my understanding that GM recently recalibrated the OLM for the DI vehicles to reduce the interval.


Yes, they did.
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#2307650 - 07/06/11 10:27 AM Re: Need recommendation for 2011 Chevy Equinox, [Re: Gwhaley262]
Mud Offline


Registered: 10/06/04
Posts: 651
Loc: Texas
Seems right about the OLM re-calibration.

I had posted some questions on OCI for our V6 Equinox here:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...811#Post2255811

In that post I had mentioned going with a 3K first oil change but have since decided to increase that change to 4K miles. Mileage is currently at approx 3800 miles with the OLM indicating 20% oil life left. If I did the math right, that equals about 5K miles at 0% oil life. Our Accord on the other hand usually shows at least 40% oil life left when I change the oil at 4500-5000 miles. That range is my standard comfort level oil change for our vehicles and I have no brand loyalty beyond recommended BITOG oils smile

Anyway, I like the OLM set up for 5K mile changes in the Equinox, I think that is realistic for the application. My oils of choice are PP and Mobil 1 to ensure the Dexos spec, and I am going to do a UOA on that first factory oil fill. Although I enjoy the discussion/knowledge I think that a lot of the concern about current DI engines may be a bit over the top.
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