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Can I go to a like "Jiffy Lube" to get my volt change oil? Is this hard to do with anybody knowing this electric/gas motor. What kind of oil do we used?
 

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Open your glove compartment. Look for the Owners Manual. It's available in paper edition (came with the car) and downloadable as a PDF. You will find oil change info there.
 

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You could go to the dealership and buy the correct oil. It could be done by anyone who knows how to change the oil in a regular car. After the oil is drained and the filter replaced. Add the new oil to the proper level and then turn the car on with the hood open. This will cause the engine to start and the setup can be checked for leaks. Turn off the car and reverify the oil level then look up the instructions to reset the oil meter. But honestly, as little as the engine is used wouldn't it be a good idea to have a GM Certified Volt Specialist do this? I don't think I will need an oil change for another 20,000 miles! At this long of an interval, it seems a good investment to take it to a dealership service department that I trust. Plus if it's leased they might have some restrictions on who changes the oil.
 

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I agree about going to the dealer. The one time I needed my oil changed at 32,086 miles, it cost me $28.87 at the dealer, using the GM Dexos oil that is specified for this vehicle. The last time I ever went to an oil change place was when I was helping to sell my mother-in-law's Cavalier. I thought changing the oil would be the right thing to do and a nice gesture. I lost a good potential buyer because when they opened the hood, there was smoke coming up from where they had spilled the oil changing the filter, plus the car was dripping oil on my driveway. (Chevrolet had a recall on this on the Cruze because oil dripped from a filter change could possibly cause an engine fire). But at the dealer, I did catch the car jockey trying to see how much power the Volt had, as evidenced by throwing up some pebbles from the blacktop drive.
 

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Can I go to a like "Jiffy Lube" to get my volt change oil? Is this hard to do with anybody knowing this electric/gas motor. What kind of oil do we used?
Hello fellow Volt owner,

There are additional things to be checked during this service so I would recommend taking it to a professional for this service. Proper fluids and a good quality filter should be used. Warning, I'm a little biased since I own an independent automotive service center and employs a Volt certified technician.

Feel free to call for an appointment. We are fairly close to you, located in downtown Claremont. 909-626-5653

http://www.connieanddicks.com

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Regards,

Scott
 

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Can I go to a like "Jiffy Lube" to get my volt change oil? Is this hard to do with anybody knowing this electric/gas motor. What kind of oil do we used?
I vote that you go to the dealer.
 

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C'mon. It's a simple Oil Change, not rocket science. Both the filter and the drain plug are clear and easy to access. It doesn't Get any easier than this. The "fill" requires almost exactly 4 quarts (3.7 per the manual). The "GM Dexos" spec is nothing special, or unusual, and about Any full synthetic oil you can buy meets or exceeds it. Just look for a name brand "full syn" and check the label.

As seldom as this car will Need an oil change it's a good idea to step up and spend the extra for the best you can get, something in an "extended drain interval" oil. It's Only a gallon of the stuff, once every couple of years..

As for "other items to check", well - What? Coolant levels? Tire pressure? Windshield washer fluid? Condition of the wiper blades? (I'm reaching, here..) There IS no service or lube level check on the Voltec drive.. There is only one other item in the "recommended service" list, at the same 24 month interval as an oil/filter change: the "Shift interlock function" should be checked for proper operation.

I would mention that I had to Order a filter (local NAPA store), as it's a different P/N, and apparently isn't a big seller. Yet.
 

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I will go the a dealer.
I got my volt from a dealer who gives free oil changes for life. Castle chevrolet in Chicagoland.
Also they give a set of tires for free when is needed.
 

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I don't have a Volt but I do have a 2009 Chevy Equinox. I can change the oil easily since I leaned how around 1969 on my Dad's 1967 Olds Cutless Supreme, and have been doing it on all my cars. But I know that the powertrain warranty on GM vehicles depends on the correct oil change and the time between changes, so until my Equinox warranty runs out, I let the dealer change the oil and filter. They do check the other systems for free, and I have no problems or complaints on the Equinox or the dealer.

When I can change the oil, I use Mobil 1 synthetic, and my engines last over 100,000 miles. My other GM car is a 1995 Buick Regal with 160,000 miles and every six months it gets a Mobil 1 oil change and a AC PF47 oil filter.
 

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so until my Equinox warranty runs out, I let the dealer change the oil and filter. They do check the other systems for free, and I have no problems or complaints on the Equinox or the dealer.
You are a wise man. Good advice.
 

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Can I go to a like "Jiffy Lube" to get my volt change oil? Is this hard to do with anybody knowing this electric/gas motor. What kind of oil do we used?
I personally would NEVER go to jiffy lube or somewhere like that, especially with such an expensive high tech car. Just my $0.02...
 

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I don't see the issue as with the oil change of the ICE, but that there are other openings under the hood that an uninformed technician might assume is something else and place the wrong fluid in, or decide to do the proper thing and top it up to the markings on the container. I will be taking my Volt to someone trained on them, i.e. the dealer here locally.

See WOTs post #5:
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?13192-What-is-the-PROPER-battery-coolant-level

Is your Jiffy Lube tech going to know this before hand?
 

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WHY?

Why the hell would you want to take this beautiful of car to a sh*t shack jiffy lube? I would let my wife change the oil before I take it to them. Just take it to the dealer.
 

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and you may as well get the tires moved about while getting that once a year oil change.
 

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I mainly drive in Electric, and properly about 1Kmi/yr on engine. So should I use the Synthetic or regular oil?
Synthetic will last for 15Kmi but the manual said it need to change oil every 5Kmi or 2 years.
 

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I mainly drive in Electric, and properly about 1Kmi/yr on engine. So should I use the Synthetic or regular oil?
Synthetic will last for 15Kmi but the manual said it need to change oil every 5Kmi or 2 years.
Regardless, I would go with the manual: every two years.
 

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Last time I went to Jiffy Lub some untrained gorilla stripped the drain plug on my truck and pumped-up my tires to 61 psi. When I went today the bill I found they put in synthetic even though I asked for oil recommended by the manufacture. I just paid my bill and never went back. I recommend you take your Volt to the dealer. By the way, I change my oil once a year whether it needs it or not.
 

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I mainly drive in Electric, and properly about 1Kmi/yr on engine. So should I use the Synthetic or regular oil?
Synthetic will last for 15Kmi but the manual said it need to change oil every 5Kmi or 2 years.
My manual does NOT say every 5000 miles or 2 years. It says "Every 24 months or when the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message displays." And the recommended oil is "dexos1 Synthetic Blend".
 

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Why would you take a high tech vehicle to anyone expect a VOLT certified Dealer?
Quick oil change places are not trained to work on this vehicle.
 
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