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#2602122 - 04/17/12 06:01 PM Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
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Loc: Albany, NY
Changed the oil today, took a few pics for a relatively uneeded guide. Out came the 4,860 mile old Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 (I did perform a UOA sample, hopefully should get it between Saturday and Tuesday) The vehicle is our 2011 Chevy Equinox LTZ AWD V6, build date 2/14/2011. The OLM was at 7%.











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Edited by Nick R (04/17/12 06:15 PM)
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#2602131 - 04/17/12 06:08 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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is that rust on the muffler?
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#2602133 - 04/17/12 06:10 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: edwardh1]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
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Loc: Albany, NY
Originally Posted By: edwardh1
is that rust on the muffler?


Seems like surface rust, but I meant to ask about that. My cruze doesn't have that, I was wondering if maybe I should bring it up with the dealer. It's 14 months old, so I would be slightly perturbed if it wasn't just surface rust. It's supposedly a stainless steel exhaust system.


Edited by Nick R (04/17/12 06:11 PM)
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#2602148 - 04/17/12 06:32 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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What is the significance of that 10mm bolt on the engine cover?
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#2602152 - 04/17/12 06:36 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: edwardh1]
demarpaint Offline


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Originally Posted By: edwardh1
is that rust on the muffler?


You took the words right out of my mouth, seems like a lot of such a new vehicle? JMO
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#2602153 - 04/17/12 06:38 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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Wow, Albany area must really use some salt! That's ugly under there! Neither the Fit nor the Cruze have anywhere near that amount of rust on the underside. Might want to hit your 'Nox with some sort of oil-based rust protectant in the fall to slow it down some.

And, those 3.0 DI V6's must be awfully hard on the oil if the OLM is at 7% at 4800 miles. Hope the PP stood up to that engine.
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#2602161 - 04/17/12 06:45 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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guess you dont change your oil hot LOL. Never seen the hot exhaust so close to the pan. Can you change the other fluids as easy ie tranny, etc? looks great thank you.
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#2602165 - 04/17/12 06:48 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: edwardh1]
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Originally Posted By: edwardh1
is that rust on the muffler?
Look under any vehicle, the exhaust is rusted shortly after leaving the new car lot. Its caused by heat, looks like rust.
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#2602193 - 04/17/12 07:16 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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You should make a trip to Ontario to a Krown shop and get that vehicle undercoated!
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#2602194 - 04/17/12 07:17 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: sciphi]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
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Loc: Albany, NY
Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
guess you dont change your oil hot LOL. Never seen the hot exhaust so close to the pan. Can you change the other fluids as easy ie tranny, etc? looks great thank you.


I did it after a 70 mile highway drive, and by the time I wrote out the blackstone form, and jacked the car up, the exhaust was cool enough to change. I had to be careful with the filter though, the cat was still pretty warm to the touch.

Originally Posted By: sciphi
Wow, Albany area must really use some salt! That's ugly under there! Neither the Fit nor the Cruze have anywhere near that amount of rust on the underside. Might want to hit your 'Nox with some sort of oil-based rust protectant in the fall to slow it down some.

And, those 3.0 DI V6's must be awfully hard on the oil if the OLM is at 7% at 4800 miles. Hope the PP stood up to that engine.


They are programmed I think for a max OCI of 5,000 miles on these engines. We'll find out how the PP stood up, I shipped off the sample to blackstone after I changed it.
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#2602203 - 04/17/12 07:24 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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I noticed that you placed jack stands on the inside, I place them on the jack points near the tire.
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#2602210 - 04/17/12 07:35 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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Loc: L.I. NY USA
Originally Posted By: Nick R
Originally Posted By: edwardh1
is that rust on the muffler?


Seems like surface rust, but I meant to ask about that. My cruze doesn't have that, I was wondering if maybe I should bring it up with the dealer. It's 14 months old, so I would be slightly perturbed if it wasn't just surface rust. It's supposedly a stainless steel exhaust system.


I would ask them.. That bothered me too. my 09 doesnt look that bad and I live by the Atlantic Ocean. Everything rots here.
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#2602235 - 04/17/12 08:02 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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Quote:

Out came the 4,860 mile old Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 The OLM was at 7%.

Somebody please explain this to me. At this rate, 5225 miles would be at OLM %0 That seems quite low for a 2011 vehicle.

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#2602316 - 04/17/12 09:27 PM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Vikas]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 11015
Loc: Albany, NY
Originally Posted By: Vikas
Quote:

Out came the 4,860 mile old Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 The OLM was at 7%.

Somebody please explain this to me. At this rate, 5225 miles would be at OLM %0 That seems quite low for a 2011 vehicle.


It's because of the 3.0L and 3.6L DI engines had a thing with the timing chains stretching, so they shortened it.


Edited by Nick R (04/17/12 09:27 PM)
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#2602442 - 04/18/12 01:53 AM Re: Changing the oil in a Equinox 3.0L V6 [Re: Nick R]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Originally Posted By: Nick R
Originally Posted By: Vikas
Quote:

Out came the 4,860 mile old Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 The OLM was at 7%.

Somebody please explain this to me. At this rate, 5225 miles would be at OLM %0 That seems quite low for a 2011 vehicle.


It's because of the 3.0L and 3.6L DI engines had a thing with the timing chains stretching, so they shortened it.

Did you get the ECM reflashed with the new software to shorten the intervals, or was that campaign not applicable to the Equinox?
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