2021 Chevrolet Colorado Oil Change
Sanger 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Oil Change: Everything You Need to Know About Oil Changes for the 2021 Chevy Colorado
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is the bold, powerhouse truck that truly lives up to its predecessors. With high towing capacity, powerful engine, and modern tech features like Alexa and Apple CarPlay, this compact truck is designed for any adventure, any time, anywhere.
Customers who’ve already added this truck to their garage will know that it’s a smooth and reliable ride and will envision themselves happily driving it for many years to come. To keep your truck running at its peak performance in the long term, it’s important to get regular oil changes.
Why Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC?
At Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC Dealership, we know what’s best for your new off-road adventure truck. From your tires to your battery, and to all things motor oil, our team of experts offers reliable maintenance checks so you can drive with total confidence and peace of mind. For customers in Fresno and Clovis, we’re conveniently located for all your car inspections and maintenance, too.
In this article, we’ll talk about when you should change your oil, how to change your oil, the types of oils the Chevy Colorado uses, and how much that’s all going to set you back.
When Do You Need an Oil Change?
Oil changes are important! Getting a regular oil change will help to keep your engine cool and improve your gas mileage. It’s not recommended to drive without a regular oil change, since this can create long-term internal damage and breakdown.
It’s important to change the oil filter periodically, too. This filter helps to clear out any dirt and debris that may build up over time, a crucial detail for optimal engine performance.
In short, an oil change can keep your engine running the way it was designed to.
So, when exactly do you need an oil change? For most, once a year is generally the rule of thumb. Chevy recommends that 2021 Chevy Colorado customers change their oil and filter every 3,000-5,000 miles (about every 3-4 months) if using conventional oil.
One of the features of the 2021 Chevy Colorado is its Engine Oil Life System. This feature digitally alerts you when it’s time for an oil change, based on different factors like miles driven and engine temperature. When that oil light comes on, it’s time to come see us.
Regardless of whether you use this system or not, it is always a good idea to check your engine oil regularly and consult your owner’s manual.
When it comes to your valuable vehicle, it’s best to consult the experts. At Sanger Chevy Buick GMC, we have a team of certified professionals ready to help answer any and all questions you may have.
How Much is an Oil Change?
The average price of an oil change for the 2021 Chevy Colorado can vary between $123 to $136, not including labor costs, taxes, and fees.
The type of oil you use also affects your overall costs (more on this below).
At Sanger Chevy Buick GMC, we offer coupons and discounts to help you save money when you visit us. You can schedule an appointment and use whichever coupon best suits your needs.
Most importantly, you can rest assured that your truck is being handled by Certified Service Experts.
Types of Oil Recommended for the 2021 Chevy Colorado
Whether you use full synthetic oil, synthetic-blend oil, diesel oil, or conventional oil, each will affect the performance of your truck.
The most important factor to consider is your engine type.
The 2021 Chevy Colorado offers a variety of engines depending on what the customer wants to do with their truck. For this Chevrolet model, full synthetic oil is recommended.
Three engine options for the 2021 Colorado model:
- A standard 2.5L 4-Cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque.
- An available 3.6L DOHC V6 engine with, 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.
- An available Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel, with 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
Generally, most engines need 5 to 8 quarts of oil.
Vehicles with a 4-cylinder engine typically need less oil. In this case, conventional oil would be an effective, basic option. However, full synthetic oil is recommended. This 4-cylinder engine will require at least 5 quarts of oil.
For something with a little more power, it’s recommended to use full synthetic oil for the high-performance V-6 engine. This engine will need at least 6 quarts of oil.
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For diesel engines, ensure you’re using a full synthetic oil that’s compatible with diesel models. This engine will also need at least 6 quarts of oil.
Synthetic-blend oil is a mix of synthetic and conventional oils and provides low-temperature properties. Customers who regularly tow heavy loads might consider this the better option for them.
For most people, using full synthetic oil is the better option. It’s more cost-effective due to its superior lubrication properties, meaning you won’t need to get your oil changed as often (saving you a large sum of money!)
With this advice in mind, be sure to consult your owner’s manual to find out which oil is recommended for your truck.
You can always contact our dealership for more guidance on what’s best for your vehicle (and for you). We’ll be happy to assist you in deciding which grade is recommended for your vehicle.
How to Change your 2021 Chevy Colorado Oil
We can’t stress this enough: a regular engine oil change is the most important thing you can do for your vehicle. So, how best to go about it?
While it’s always better to let a professional handle your vehicle, some people may prefer to change the oil themselves and feel more than capable of doing so. If this is the case for you, we want to make sure you’re on the right track.
Whether you see a professional or DIY, make sure you keep a record of when you change your engine oil. Tracking your oil changes will help your resale value if you decide to sell your vehicle down the road. This is also important in order to be confident in your truck’s abilities when you’re off on your next road trip.
Make sure you have your owner’s manual nearby to help you change the oil and locate everything on your car.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing the Oil in the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado
- Park on a level, flat surface. Apply the vehicle’s parking brake. Make sure the car is off. If needed, raise the front end of your car with jack stands.
- Open your hood and remove the oil dipstick. This allows for complete drainage of the oil.
- Safety first! Wear safety glasses. Once your car is elevated, crawl underneath and locate the engine’s oil pan. There should be a drain plug at the bottom of the pan.
- Ensure you have a large enough catch pan to capture all the oil from your engine. Place this pan underneath the drain plug.
- Using a wrench, loosen the drain plug. The oil will start draining into the pan. Caution: the oil might still be hot.
- Inspect the drain plug for any stripping of the threads or bolts. If it needs to be replaced, acquire a new one.
- Once the oil has completely drained, replace the plug and retighten with your wrench.
- Check your oil filter. Loosen this filter with the wrench. Apply a coat of oil to the gasket of your new filter. Swap the old filter for the new one and re-tighten with the wrench.
- Remove the oil filler cap and, with a funnel, start pouring the proper amount of full synthetic oil (or oil of your choice) into the engine. Replace the cap.
- Start your engine and let your car run for a few minutes. Check for any leaks. If there are none, go ahead and lower your vehicle back down.
- Check your oil using the dipstick. Add more oil if necessary.
- Recycle your old oil properly by taking it to your local dealership or auto repair service center.
If you’re not confident to change your oil by yourself, don’t fret. The best way to ensure long-term protection for your vehicle is by consulting with the pros.
You can schedule an appointment with the Certified Experts here at the Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership. We’ll ensure you get a full synthetic oil change with quality care at affordable, competitive prices.
To schedule your service appointment, you can call us directly at (559) 399-4042. Our hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
We look forward to providing you with the very best vehicle repair and protection for many miles down the track.