One of the biggest reasons the Chevrolet Equinox is #2 on the GM's best seller list is its reliability. To keep it running smoothly, Doylestown, Warrington and Chalfont Equinox owners must be willing to put in their fair share of work.
By following Chevrolet’s recommended Equinox maintenance schedule, they can greatly reduce the risk of small problems becoming expensive problems. Regular maintenance and upkeep also increases the chances that any major problems that do come up can be taken care of under warranty.
So use your owner's manual along with this helpful guide to ensure that your Chevy Equinox ownership experience is a long-lasting and happy one.
Rotate Tires, Check Engine Oil Life, Replace Engine Oil and Filter as Needed
Without tire rotations, your Equinox will quickly wear out parts of your treads while leaving other parts untouched. This uneven wear can make for unpredictable performance, and it can sometimes end up becoming downright dangerous if left unchecked.
Tire rotations should occur every 7,500 miles on your Equinox odometer, and possibly earlier depending on driving conditions.
While rotating tires, you should also have your oil life checked and replaced as needed. Oil lifespans can go as high as 10,000 miles these days, but sometimes it gets dirty quicker. Have your oil checked regularly during service, and use your vehicle's oil life monitor to keep track of any changes.
Replace Chevrolet Equinox Passenger Compartment Air Filter
Every two years or 22,500 miles, the cabin air filter that traps dust and allergens from the air cycling through your AC system will likely need replacement. You can check on the air filter condition yourself to see if it may need to be changed earlier or later.
High dust conditions like rural roads or driving past construction regularly can contribute to a dirty filter.
Occasional Equinox Service Tasks
Your Chevy Equinox will only need certain types of service at 45,000 mile intervals. These services include completely changing your automatic transmission fluid and, for AWD vehicles, changing the transfer case fluid.
Some of these tasks should be performed before the 45,000 mile interval mark if a certain duration has passed beforehand. Changing brake fluid should occur at least once every 3 years, for example, regardless of it 45,000 miles have passed. Likewise, your engine air cleaner filter will need to be changed at least once every 4 years or every 45,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
In addition to these tasks, a technician will inspect your engine's evaporative control system.
Spark Plug Replacement and Wiring Inspection
Your spark plugs may need replacement by 97,500 miles. During replacement, examine the wiring for signs of problems.
Inspect Engine Accessory Drive Belts
Every 150,000 miles or 10 years, your engine drive belts will need a thorough inspection. They may not have any issues, but you will want to identify potential signs of damage, such as fraying, cracks and stretching.
Drain, Flush and Refill Coolant System
You should completely flush your Equinox's cooling system fluid and replace it at 150,000 miles.
Items That Should Be Inspected Regularly, Replaced As Needed
Brake pads (usually last anywhere from 25,000 to 70,000 miles)
To have these tasks performed by a licensed GM technician, Doylestown, Warrington and Chalfont can schedule their Equinox for Fred Beans Chevrolet's vehicle servicing any time they need. Schedule your next appointment today, and receive a helpful reminder to keep your Equinox running smooth!