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Using the right GM Dexos Oil in a Chevy Equinox


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I think this relates to many GM newer engines, but I ran into this recently on a late model Chevy Equinox that seemed to have an oil consumption issue. The car was burning 2 quarts every 2-3k miles. now the dealer states that it's normal to burn 1/2 a quart every 1k miles, so this was excessive. I had the oil changed and they used Dexos spec oil and the consumption got significantly less. They say to use a blend or full synthetic. Prior to this I had Valvoline perform the routine maintenance with standard oil not really thinking about it until I noticed an engine rattle after being 2 quarts low, especially on turns. Once I topped it off, it went away. Nevertheless,  I felt it was consuming and took it to the dealer. So now, Dexos only approved oil and i never thought about it but it says Dexos right on the oil cap. Anyone else run into this?

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