GMC Terrain Oil Type

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Every GMC Terrain internal combustion engine needs engine oil to function correctly. Engine oil prevents friction, overheating, wear, and permanent damage that can lead to a huge repair bill later on if your pistons overheat. That’s why GMC Terrain oil changes at the recommended intervals are vital to your SUV’s operation, performance, and longevity. Not changing the oil can have drastic consequences later on.

Modern GMC vehicles use high-tech features, like an oil life system and state-of-the-art engineering, to give you the most out of your daily drives, weekly errands, and weekend getaways to your favorite lake, gulf, or camping spot. The GMC Terrain oil type required for the engine depends on your specific model, year, and configuration as you drive on Houston and Channelview roads and highways.

Discover more about the recommended GMC Terrain oil type thanks to our comprehensive guide from Big Star Buick GMC.



GMC Terrain Oil Type Recommended by the Manufacturer

GMC recommends its ACDelco brand of oil, called dexos1, for your GMC Terrain oil type. The dexos1 oil meets GMC’s strict requirements for keeping your engine in top condition for as long as you own your SUV. Your GMC Terrain oil type also depends on the size of the engine under the hood.

  • For the LYX 1.5L turbo engine, use SAE 0W-20 full synthetic engine oil
  • If you have an LTG 2.0L turbo engine, use SAE 5W-30 full synthetic engine oil
  • If you travel to a place where the temperature falls below -20 °F, install SAE 0W-30 full synthetic oil.

Consult with your owner’s manual or driver information screen to see what kind of oil GMC recommends for your specific SUV. Our team will replace the oil with the right grade every time you bring your GMC Terrain in for service.

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil for Your GMC Terrain

You have a choice when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change at Big Star Buick GMC. Your vehicle can take conventional (regular) oil or full synthetic oil. Our service team highly recommends full synthetic oil because it better suits your GMC Terrain engine and it will last longer.

Full synthetic oil is more expensive upfront when you pay for an oil change. However, the oil change interval is longer with full synthetic oil.

  • You’ll still need oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles for older vehicles using conventional oil
  • Full synthetic motor oil intervals are every 7,500 miles

Again, the key is to look at your oil life system and your owner’s manual.

You’ll save money over the long term with full synthetic oil since you have fewer oil changes in Crosby. For example, let’s say a conventional oil change costs $70 while full synthetic is $95. You’ll need two oil changes for conventional versus just one for full synthetic, meaning you’ll spend $140 versus $95 in the same time period. You’ll save $45 with full synthetic motor oil! Your individual costs will vary.

Genuine GMC parts, including dexos1 oil and a GMC Terrain oil filter, are best for your GMC because the manufacturer specifically formulates the oil for its engines. Also, having the right GMC Terrain oil type and ACDelco parts can help maintain your SUV’s warranty.

Bring Your GMC Terrain Into Big Star Buick GMC for an Oil Change

Contact us or call (281) 301-0371 for more details or if you have any questions about an oil change for your GMC Terrain. You could even save money with our service specials and coupons.

Our technicians are happy to help you maintain your GMC Terrain SUV to keep it in top condition! We also work on tires, batteries, brakes, transmissions, radiators, and more!


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