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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-08-2019, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Equinox oil filter question

Here in the next month or so, I will be doing my own oil change on my 2019 Equinox. We are in the cold weather season, so I'd like to get in and get out, and have the oil change complete. Sure I could take it in to have it done, but no thanks. I like doing my own maintenance if possible. The first free oil change by the dealer ended up with the mechanic spilling oil on the top of the engine cover. Looked like ass. I didn't notice it till some time after when I popped the hood. So I figured no more, I'll do it myself.

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I know there is not much in the way of how to videos on changing the oil on these vehicles since they are still so new. I'm trying to see where everything is, and possibly what all is needed (type of filter, and tool sizes). A couple of videos I did see, have an oil filter that was like a plastic cartridge, where a ribbed paper filter would slide into it. Then you'd screw it into place. I have never seen that before. Then when I see another video, it showed a typical oil filter that screwed in from underneath the car. That method is what I am used to.

That cartridge cap/paper filter set up is throwing me off. What is that filter, and what cars do those apply to?

I haven't bought anything yet, want to make sure I get the right type of filter. When I google oil filter for my specific car, the results show the standard oil filter that I'm used to seeing. So why are others using the cap/paper filter?

Is what I'm asking making sense?

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I don't know about the plastic cartridge part, but the 3.6 V6 on my wife's ATS has the filter on the top side. Upside down. There's a metal cover that you remove, exposing the pleated filter element. Replace the element and secure the metal cover. Easy peasy.

The filter for your vehicle is a cansiter like what you're used to. If you're going OEM, you want to get a PF64. You will find it between the engine and the splash panel attached to the bumper. Pretty easy to spot, and easy to remove - unless the dealer over tightened it, which they tend to do. The drain plug is a 15mm head on the back edge of the oil pan. I recommend that you use a 6 point socket or wrench to remove it since it's kind of a soft metal. The oil pan itself is only about an inch or so deep, but is also pretty obvious. I've been changing my own oil and filter myself, and there's quite a bit of room to maneuver under there.
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Your 2.0 takes a conventional spin on filter; AC/Delco, PF-64, as does the 1.5 engine; easily accessible from the bottom. The cartridge type filter isn't used on the Gen 3 Equinox. The 1.4 engine used in the Sonic, Trax and earlier Cruze uses the paper cartridge type filter.

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The filter location is very accessible and can be reached from the front bottom of the vehicle. I use an adjustable pliers type filter wrench. I believe the oil drain plug is 15mm wrench or socket can be used. I also live here in the frozen tundra rust belt and after you get acclimated it's only 20-25 min job to dump oil change filter & refill. Weather permitting I'll spend more time, checking everything and lubing the hood latch & hinges including doors, but during winter I just give everything a quick look see and get her done.

My daughter has LT 2wd with 1.5 motor and it takes 0w20 & 5 quarts with AC PF64 filter. The 2.0 AWD takes 6 qts and recommends 5w30.

Make sure the oil has the Dexos2 label on it

GM really did a nice job and made this vehicle oil change & filter easy to access/change nicely done in my opinion.

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The 2.0 AWD takes 6 qts and recommends 5w30.

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The OP has a 2.0 FWD so it takes 5 quarts.
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Make sure the oil has the Dexos2 label on it

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To clarify:

Dexos1, Gen2 is the current GM specified oil for gas engines.

Dexos2 is what is formulated for current GM diesel engines.

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The OP has a 2.0 FWD so it takes 5 quarts.
This is true; my FWD, 2019, 2.0 takes 5 quarts. Also the 2.0 is indeed a 5W-30 spec engine.

My preferred oil is Mobil1, Extended Performance, 5W-30 for all of the vehicles in my signature below.

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Thanks for the clarification!

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To clarify:

Dexos1, Gen2 is the current GM specified oil for gas engines.

Dexos2 is what is formulated for current GM diesel engines.

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This what I have been using for last decade or so in my cars with AC filter, seems to be working well for me.
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thanks for the details. Definitely what I was after.
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I was thinking of using the AC Delco oil filter, but got to thinking. Is there any advantage to using another brand? If we are changing the oil every 5-6k, does the brand/quality benefit the vehicle? Or do we even know?


I see the AC Delco is rather cheap in price, which made me think about the other oil filter options. Sure, the the other filters are more expensive (not by much), but if they are in fact better, I'd certainly entertain that option.

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