2021 GMC Canyon Oil Change
Oil Changes: 8 things all 2021 GMC Canyon Owners Need to Know
If you’re like most GMC Canyon drivers, you appreciate a quality vehicle. You know how much fun it is to have a truck that can work hard and play hard. But how much do you know about oil changes? Most drivers understand they need to change their truck’s oil at some point. But many drivers don’t know much beyond that. Two common questions ask their mechanics is, why do I need to change my oil? And how often should I?
Older drivers may remember being told the importance of oil changes every 3,000 miles. There was a time when this was considered the industry standard. Improvements in fuel, oil, and engine technology, as well as the development of synthetic oil, means that is no longer the case. Modern engines often have change intervals of 7,500 or even 10,000 miles. But what is the answer for your 2021 GMC Canyon?
Why do I need to change the oil in my 2021 GMC Canyon?
An engine is full of fast-moving parts. The friction between these parts generates heat. Engine oil keeps everything lubricated and keeps things from getting stuck.
As oil engine oil gets old, it begins to break down and loses viscosity. Oil with less viscosity means less protection for your engine. An oil change replaces all the old broken down oil and any contaminants in the engine with clean oil. In a worst-case scenario, without an oil change, your engine could seize up completely. Sanger GMC makes it easy to schedule your Canyon oil change.
What kind of oil goes in my 2021 GMC Canyon, and how much do I need?
There are 3 different types of oil a 2021 GMC Canyon can take, depending on what engine it has. A 2.4L-equipped Canyon requires 5 quarts of 5w20 dexos1™ full synthetic oil. A Canyon with a 2.8L diesel engine requires 6 quarts of 5w30 dexos2™. For those owners of Canyons with 3.6L V6 engines, your trucks will require 6 quarts of 5w30 dexos1™ oil.
Notice how the V6 and the diesel both take 5w30 oil? Not all 5w30 oils are the same. Only the best synthetic oils meet the dexos1™ and dexos2™ standards specified by GMC. 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 truck with lower-quality oil, your engine could be at risk of damage. When you come to Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC for a GMC Canyon oil change, your truck will get the exact same oil that GMC fills your Canyon with at the factory, giving you peace of mind.
Synthetic oil is expensive. Why should I get it instead of conventional oil?
High-performance vehicles like the 2021 GMC Canyon need high-performance oil. More manufacturers today design their engines to take advantage of the superior protection and performance 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. Since it is cleaner and more refined, synthetic motor oil flows better than conventional oil. Conventional oil doesn’t meet the dexos™ standards created by GM to ensure the best performance in their vehicles.
In addition to the increased performance, synthetic motor oil lasts longer than conventional oil. You may be used to oil changes every 3,000 miles in your old vehicle using conventional oil, but in a 2021 GMC Canyon, you’ll be going a lot longer than that.
At Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC, your 2021 GMC Canyon repair and service specialists serving Sanger, Fresno, Clovis, and the surrounding area, their team of factory-trained technicians can tell you which oil is required for your vehicle, and make sure you get the best for your GMC Canyon oil change.
Are there any benefits to mixing synthetic and conventional oil together?
Mixing synthetic and conventional oil isn’t recommended. 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 GMC Canyon receives the correct oil.
This is why it’s important to take your 2021 GMC Canyon to a service shop that puts only the best oil into your truck, such as Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC
How much does an oil change cost?
Your GMC Canyon 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 GMC-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 Canyon. Prices may vary, depending on any special service promotions. When you take your truck into a GMC Canyon 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?”
How often do I need oil changes in my 2021 GMC Canyon?
An oil change is a critical service for your Canyon. GMC recommends getting your 2021 GMC Canyon 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 GMC Canyon also comes equipped with an Oil Life Monitor to let you know when it’s time to bring your Canyon in for an oil change.
What do “severe driving conditions” mean?
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 GMC Canyon, make sure you change your oil regularly.
What 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 GMC Canyon 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 GMC Canyon is a powerful truck. 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 truck 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.
For those of you in the Sanger area, it’s worth the visit to Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC, your Metropolitan Fresno GMC experts. Proudly serving Sanger, Clovis, Fresno, and surrounding communities, our online booking service makes getting your Canyon’s oil quick and easy. With their complimentary inspection with every oil change, you’ll leave their service center knowing your 2021 GMC Canyon is ready for the next adventure!