2021 Chevrolet Malibu Oil Change
Oil Changes: 8 things all 2021 Chevrolet Malibu Owners Need to Know
If you’re like most Chevrolet Malibu drivers, you appreciate a stylish, refined ride. You know a good value when you see it. But how much do you know about oil changes? Most drivers know that oil changes are a thing. But many drivers don’t know much beyond that. Two common questions ask their mechanics is, what is so important about oil changes, and how often do cars really need them?
The days of 3,000-mile oil changes are a thing of the past. There was a time when this was the industry standard. Unscrupulous quick oil change shops still tell this to unsuspecting customers. Thanks to fuel, oil, and engine technology innovations, synthetic oils can last longer than ever. Modern engines often have change intervals of 7,500 or even 10,000 miles. But what is the answer for your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu?
Why do I need an oil change in my 2021 Chevrolet Malibu?
Car engines are full of fast-moving parts. Parts move and friction between these parts generates heat. Engine oil keeps everything lubricated and prevents friction. As oil engine oil gets old, it begins to break down and loses viscosity. Oil with less viscosity means less protection for your engine and more friction. If there’s too much friction, in a worst-case scenario, your engine could seize up. An oil change replaces all the old broken down oil and any contaminants in the engine with clean oil. By changing this oil, you eliminate this risk. Sanger Chevrolet makes it easy to schedule your Malibu oil change service, so you can get back on the road.
How often do I need oil changes in my 2021 Chevrolet Malibu?
An oil change is a critical service for your Malibu. Chevrolet recommends getting your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu oil change every 3000-5,000 miles if you are using conventional oil. Ideally, you should be using a synthetic oil that meets the dexos1™or dexos2™specification, depending on your engine.
When using synthetic oil, you should have an oil change every 7,500 -10,000 miles. This exact number will depend on your driving habits. If you drive in severe driving conditions, you may need the oil changed more frequently. Your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu also comes equipped with an Oil Life Monitor to let you know when it’s time to bring your Malibu in for an oil change.
What are “severe driving conditions?”
Severe driving conditions are any of the following:
- Long periods of frequent idling
- Stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic
- Sustained highway driving in extreme hot or cold temperatures
- Short trips (less than 5 miles) in normal temperatures
- Long-distance trips at speeds of 50mph or less
- Regular trips in steep or hilly areas
- Any trips on dusty, dirty, or salted roads
- Any trips that involve using a roof rack, or roof box.
Almost all the driving we do classifies as severe driving conditions. To maximize the life of your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu, make sure you change your oil regularly.
What kind of oil goes in my 2021 Chevrolet Malibu, and how much do I need?
There are 2 different types of oil a 2021 Chevrolet Malibu can take, depending on what engine it has. A 1.5L-equipped Malibu requires 4.2 quarts of 0w20 dexos1™ full synthetic oil. A Malibu with a 2.0L engine requires 5 quarts of 5w30 dexos1™ oil.
Not all oils are the same. Only the best synthetic oils meet the dexos1™ standards specified by General Motors. Many oil shops only have conventional oil in stock. Even though it’s a 5w30 oil, only dexos™ oils have been formulated for the best engine life and performance. If a lube shop fills your car with lower-quality oil, your engine could be at risk of damage. When you come to Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC for a Chevrolet Malibu oil change, your car will get the exact same oil that Chevy fills your Malibu with at the factory, giving you peace of mind.
What makes synthetic oil worth the price?
Modern vehicles like the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu need modern oil. More manufacturers today design their engines to take advantage of the advanced lubricating properties of full synthetic motor oil. Conventional motor oil is refined from crude oil as a by-product of gasoline refining, while synthetic motor oil is man-made using chemicals designed to feature only the best properties of crude oil. Synthetic oil contains fewer contaminants, which dramatically lowers the risk of engine sludge and buildup. Not only is it cleaner, but synthetic motor oil also flows better than conventional oil. Conventional oil doesn’t meet the dexos™ standards created by GM to ensure the best-possible fuel economy and engine performance.
As an added bonus, synthetic motor oil lasts longer than conventional oil, meaning less time at the repair shop, and more time driving!
At Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC, your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu repair and service specialists serving Sanger, Fresno, Clovis, and the surrounding area, their team of factory-trained mechanics can tell you which oil is required for your vehicle, and make sure you get the best for your Chevrolet Malibu oil change.
Can you mix types of oil?
It’s not recommended that you mix oil types. When you take high-quality synthetic oil and mix it with inferior conventional oil, you dilute the cleaning and lubricating power of the higher-quality oil. Mixing oils is better than nothing, and acceptable in an emergency, but it’s always best that your Chevrolet Malibu receives the correct oil.
This is why it’s important to take your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu to a service shop that puts only the best oil into your car, such as Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC
How much is an oil change?
Your Chevrolet Malibu oil change can vary in price depending on who you go to. A typical oil change consists of 5-6 quarts of oil, plus a filter. The main factor in the price is the oil cost. Cheap oil change shops typically use cheaper inferior conventional oil. Only a Chevrolet-certified service center such as Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC uses GM-certified dexos1™ and dexos2™oils. Expect to pay between $70-90 in the Sanger area depending on the engine in your Malibu. Prices may vary, depending on any special service promotions. When you take your car into a Chevrolet Malibu specialist, you don’t just get your oil changed like at quick oil shops. At Sanger Chevrolet, you get a complimentary inspection and tire rotation with every oil change.
Quick oil shops don’t offer this kind of service. In fact, you might ask, “How much does an oil change at Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC save me?”
What happens if I don’t change my oil?
Although motor oil’s purpose is to lubricate the engine, it also provides other benefits:
- Fresh oil prevents engine corrosion – Additives in synthetic oil stop rusting and corrosion in your engine.
- Fresh oil Keeps your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu engine clean – The oil picks up dirt and dust particles and traps them in the oil filter. The filter keeps the oil clean and keeping debris and dirt from getting into the delicate parts of your engine.
- Fresh oil maintains engine performance: Your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is a powerful car. But if the engine components can’t move as they should, that robs you of horsepower.
- Fresh oil Keeps your engine cooler – The friction of the engine parts produces heat and any excessive heat can cause major damage to important parts of your engine. As oil flows around the engine heat is carried away to cooler parts, keeping no one part from getting too warm.
- Fresh oil Improves fuel efficiency – The slipperier the engine parts are, the less fuel is required to move them. This means the engine uses less and saves you money!
- Fresh oil protects your warranty – Your warranty might not be valid if the manufacturer determines that a failure happened because you let your car out of oil. The cost of an oil change is a lot less than the cost of an engine!
With so many benefits from changing your oil, it’s an easy way to protect your investment.
If you need a Malibu oil change in Sanger or the surrounding area, it’s worth the visit to Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC, your Metropolitan Fresno Chevrolet specialists. Get it done right the first time. Proudly serving Sanger, Clovis, Fresno, and surrounding communities, their online booking service makes getting your Malibu’s oil effortless. With a complimentary comprehensive inspection with every oil change, you’ll leave their service center knowing your 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is ready for many miles of trouble-free driving.