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During its 2005-2009 production years, the Chevrolet Equinox made a significant mark in the compact SUV segment. As one of Chevrolet’s first compact crossover SUVs, it offered a more car-like driving experience than traditional body-on-frame SUVs. The Equinox featured a spacious, versatile interior with rear seats that could slide and recline, providing ample room for passengers and cargo. Its overall design focused on practicality, making it a family-friendly choice. In terms of safety, it included standard features like antilock brakes and stability control, ensuring a secure ride. The engine options were efficient V6 and four-cylinder, appealing to many drivers. The Chevrolet Equinox of this era was a pivotal model that helped establish Chevrolet’s presence in the growing crossover SUV market, thanks to its blend of comfort, space, and versatility.

Chevrolet Equinox specification, engine oil capacity, spark plug gap, safety rating, fuel consumption, transmission, and light bulb sizes.

Engine 3.4L 6-Cylinder OHV

  • Recommended Oil viscosity: 5W-30
  • Oil certification: API
  • Drain Plug Torque: 18ft-lbs
  • Oil capacity: 4.5 quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 3.4L 6-Cylinder: 0.060”

Engine 3.6L 6-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended Oil viscosity: 5W-30
  • Oil certification: API
  • Oil capacity: 5.5 quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 3.6L 6-Cylinder: 0.044”


  • Type: 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL®Coolant.

Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Type: Optikleen® Washer Solvent

Hydraulic Power Steering System (3.6L V6 engine only)

  • Type: Hydraulic Power Steering System (3.6L V6 engine only)

5-speed Automatic Transmission (3.4L V6 engine only)

  • Type: Use only T-IV Automatic Transmission Fluid (GM Part No. U.S. 88900925, in Canada 22689186)

6-speed Automatic Transmission (3.6L V6 engine only)

  • Type: DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Key Lock Cylinders

  • Type: Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in Canada 10953474)

Carrier Assembly — Differential (Rear Drive Module)

  • Type: Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. U.S. 89021677, in Canada 89021678)

Transfer Case (Power Transfer Unit)

  • Type: 3.4L V6 engine: VERSATRAK® Fluid (GM Part No. U.S. 12378514, in Canada 88901045). With 3.6L V6 engine: SAE 75W-9Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. U.S. 89021677, in Canada 89021678) meeting GM Specification 9986115

Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary  Latch, Pivots, Spring Anchor, and Release Pawl

  • Type: Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. U.S. 12346293, in Canada 992723) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB

Hood and Door Hinges, Rear Folding Seat

  • Type: Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in Canada 10953474)

Weatherstrip Conditioning

  • Type: Weatherstrip Lubricant (GM Part No. U.S. 3634770, in Canada 10953518) or Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM Part No. U.S. 12345579, in Canada 992887).

Hydraulic Brake Fluid

  • Type: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. U.S. 12377967, in Canada 89021320)



  • Gasoline:
  • 3.4 L LNJ V6
  • 3.6 L LY7 V6


  • 5-speed Aisin AF33 automatic
  • 6-speed GM-Ford 6T70 automatic

Fuel Consumption


Safety Ratings


Front Lights

  • Front Fog Light Bulb: H11LL
  • Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 168
  • Front Turn Signal Light Bulb: 1156A
  • High Beam and Low Beam Headlight Bulb: 9007

Rear Lights

  • Back Up Light Bulb: 921
  • Brake Light Bulb: 2057
  • Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb: LED
  • License Plate Light Bulb: 194
  • Parking Light Bulb: 168
  • Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb: 194
  • Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb: 2057
  • Tail Light Bulb: 2057

Interior Lights

  • Dome Light Bulb: 561
  • Luggage Compartment Light Bulb: 562
  • Map Light Bulb: 906