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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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2.4L "Recall"

I know this is the Equinox site but I also posted this in the Terrain section. I assume the Equinox is affected too!

Just got a letter from GM for my 2011 Terrain 4-cl AWD. They state its a "customer satisfaction program" that effects the 2011 Terrain with a 2.4L engine. They want to do a software update for the oil life monitor system. The software will enhance the way the engine oil is monitored. They state "in most cases, this update will recommend more frequent oil changes to support engine durability and overall operating costs". I'm , this sounds like an issue they are hiding behind and how will it support overall operating costs other than cost me more in oil changes. I think GM should pay for some of these oil changes since Dexos, the recommended product is pricey.

Anyone else think like me?

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 08:27 PM
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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

I just got that for a 11 Nox.. I guess they are telling me I went over 40,000 miles with insufficent oil changes..
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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

There is already multiple posts on this.

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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

I guess I'm overly - cautious, but I would never base my oil changes on the suggestion of the oil life monitor. I know it's probably overkill, but in my NOX (although it's a V6 - not the 4) I use Penzoil Platinum Synthetic and *still* change my oil every 3-3.5k miles.

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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

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I guess I'm overly - cautious, but I would never base my oil changes on the suggestion of the oil life monitor. I know it's probably overkill, but in my NOX (although it's a V6 - not the 4) I use Penzoil Platinum Synthetic and *still* change my oil every 3-3.5k miles.
Your engine will love you for it - and so does Penzoil !

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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

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I guess I'm overly - cautious, but I would never base my oil changes on the suggestion of the oil life monitor. I know it's probably overkill, but in my NOX (although it's a V6 - not the 4) I use Penzoil Platinum Synthetic and *still* change my oil every 3-3.5k miles.
Ouch.

THis reminded me of the Trailblazer/envoy.
Members there were changing oil every 3000 miles with Synthetic. So why is that surprissing? Because an oil change with Filter-- called for 7 quarts of oil.
While I on the other hand- was doing 10,000 to 11,500 mile oil changes on regular Valvoline Dino oil.

So just an example...
say 2 owners drive 21,000 miles in 1 year.

Their vehicle.
21,000/3,000 = 7 oil changes. 7 oil changes* 7 quarts = 49 quarts of oil.

My vehicle
21,000/10,500 = 2 oil change. 2 oil changes*7 quarts = 14 quarts of oil.

Lets say they were buying quart bottles at $7 each

49quarts * $7 a quart= $343 in oil

I bought the inexpensive Valvoline

14 quarts * $3 a quart=$42


they used 35 more quarts of oil.
And many of them were not DIY-- they had Shops do the work. So we know the oil changes were MORE than $343...
I did all my oil change work... so you can see my yearly cost of oil/filter was about $50. (filters at Wal Mart)..

The other issue was-- that many of those folks--- eventually got rid of the vehicle near the 100K mark...
We still have our Trailblazer with 170,000. Runs fine.


Just yesterday I saw my DIC and noted that my Nox has 4200 miles on the current batch of oil.
I believe it said 37% OLM left.

At this rate it will reach 0% at 6500 miles or so.
Im pondering removing this batch of oil at 4500 miles and having a UOA. (also the higher iron) since its still in the wear in phase (5500 on engine).

But im thinking that it will be ok-- later on to go 6500 on PP.
I Mean-- my 2010 Traverse with Valvoline Dino- goes 5000 miles and UOA show its ok.. PP should be good to 6500.
SO Im eager to see results.
I mean-- personnally no need to underuse oil.... and spend $$$


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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

I also received this recall yesterday. It does sound a little fishy!!!!

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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

Just change your oil every 5K miles and forget about it. Not that the OLM is junk, I just don't mess with it. I only drive 8-9K miles a year so I only change my oil once or twice every year. Plus, it's a good idea to rotate your tires every 5-6K anyway, so I just do that and an oil change together to save a trip.

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Re: 2.4L "Recall"

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Just change your oil every 5K miles and forget about it. Not that the OLM is junk, I just don't mess with it. I only drive 8-9K miles a year so I only change my oil once or twice every year. Plus, it's a good idea to rotate your tires every 5-6K anyway, so I just do that and an oil change together to save a trip.
I won't get anywhere near 5000 miles after the olm update. 15% in my olm is looking to get me 3400 miles max.

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I won't get anywhere near 5000 miles after the olm update. 15% in my olm is looking to get me 3400 miles max.
Well, I guess the OLM IS junk now! If a car can't go 5K on syn or syn/blend oil there is something wrong.

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