How to check add engine oil on Chevrolet Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche etc.

How to check add engine oil on Chevrolet vehicles

Updated Thursday Apr 19, 2018

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check and add engine oil on Chevrolet vehicles. If the oil level is below the MIN mark add engine oil as soon as possible to avoid engine damage. To check or add engine oil on a Chevrolet takes less than five minutes. Note the instructions below apply to Chevrolets that have an oil dipstick. If your Chevrolet does not have an oil dipstick, you will have to check the engine oil level using the dashboard.

The most commonly used oil on Chevrolet vehicles is 0W-20 engine oil and 5W-30 engine oil.

Instructions

Step 1

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Park your Chevrolet on a level surface and apply the parking brakes.

Step 2

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Turn off the engine and wait at least five minutes before you proceed to check the engine oil level on your Chevrolet. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan of your vehicle.

Step 3

Open the hood of your Chevrolet by pulling the hood release under the dash.

Step 4

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Locate the oil dipstick on your vehicle. In the following picture, the oil dipstick is labeled as item number 8.

Step 5

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Remove the dipstick by pulling it up. Note the minimum and maximum marks before you reinsert the dipstick back into the engine block.

Step 6

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Use a clean cloth to wipe off any oil that may still be on the dipstick.

Step 7

Insert the dipstick into the same tube to check engine oil level on your Chevrolet. The level needs to be between the min and max mark we saw earlier. If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add engine oil to your vehicle. Follow instructions as described in the next step. If the level is significantly above the FULL mark, you need to remove oil from the engine.

Step 8

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Locate the oil filler cap. Unscrew the cap from the oil filler opening. Add recommended grade engine oil.

Step 9

Add only half a quart at the time and check the level again. If the oil level is still under the MIN mark, add engine oil. Don't overfill the engine with oil above the MAX or FULL mark on the dipstick. Overfilling the engine with oil can cause engine problems or damage Chevrolet catalytic converter.

Add 0.5-1 qt of oil at a time and recheck the oil level. Don't allow the oil to go over the MAX/FULL mark.

IMPORTANT

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  • Do NOT operate a vehicle if the oil light stays on when the engine is running. Pull over and turn off the engine immediately. Do not leave the engine idle. 
  • Note that the OIL LIGHT could turn on either due to low oil level or low oil pressure
  • Continuing to drive your vehicle with the oil light on can cause serious engine problems. 
  • If the oil light comes on you need to check the engine oil level immediately. If the oil level is low, you need to add oil. 
  • Always check that the oil dipstick is pushed in all the way and the oil cap is locked properly. Leaving the cap 
  • Don't allow the oil to go over the MAX/FULL mark. Add half a quart (or litter) of oil at a time and recheck the oil level.

WARNING!

  • Wash your hands and skin thoroughly if it comes into contact with oil. 
  • Do not spill oil on engine components that get hot as this could cause a fire.

Added oil but the oil light stays on

If you add oil (and verify that the engine oil level is correct) but the oil light stays on, the problem can be the oil level sensor. Do not operate the vehicle but have a mechanic troubleshoot the problem. Driving your car when the oil light is on, can cause engine damage.