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2024 GMC Yukon Engine Oil and Fluids Guide

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2024 GMC Yukon Engine Oil and Fluids Owner’s Manual

The cutting-edge engine oil and fluids system of the 2024 GMC Yukon is designed for maximum performance and longevity. It guarantees ideal lubrication and cooling for increased engine longevity and efficiency using state-of-the-art formulas. Every part, from specialized transmission fluids to synthetic oils, is painstakingly made to satisfy the needs of contemporary driving circumstances.

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GMC Engine Oil Guide

For diesel engine vehicles, see “Engine Oil” in the Duramax diesel supplement.
To ensure proper engine performance and long life, careful attention must be paid to engine oil. Following these simple, but important steps will help protect your investment:

  • Use engine oil approved to the proper specification and of the proper viscosity grade. See “Selecting the Right Engine
    Oil” in this section.
  • Check the engine oil level regularly and maintain the proper oil level. See “Checking Engine Oil” and “When to Add Engine Oil” in this section.
  • Change the engine oil at the appropriate time. See Engine Oil Life System.
  • Always dispose of engine oil properly. See “What to Do with Used Oil” in this section.

Checking Engine Oil
Check the engine oil level regularly, every 650 km (400 mi), especially before a long trip. The engine oil dipstick handle is a loop.
See Engine Compartment Overview for the location.

Warning
The engine oil dipstick handle may be hot; it could burn you. Use a towel or glove to touch the dipstick handle.

If a low oil Driver Information Center (DIC) message displays, check the oil level.

Follow these guidelines:

  • To get an accurate reading, park the vehicle on level ground. Check the engine oil level after the engine has been off for at least two hours. Checking the engine oil level on steep grades or too soon after engine shutoff can result in incorrect readings. Accuracy improves when checking a cold engine before starting. Remove the dipstick and check the level.
  • If unable to wait two hours, the engine must be off for at least 15 minutes if the engine is warm, or at least 30 minutes if the engine is not warm. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it with a clean paper towel or cloth, and then push it back in all the way. Remove it again, keeping the tip down, and check the level.

When to Add Engine Oil

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If the oil is below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick and the engine has been off for at least 15 minutes, add 1 L (1 qt) of the recommended oil and then recheck the level. See “Selecting the Right
Engine Oil” later in this section for an explanation of what kind of oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see Capacities and Specifications.

Caution
Do not add too much oil. Oil levels above or below the acceptable operating range shown on the dipstick are harmful to the engine. If the oil level is above the operating range (i.e., the engine has so much oil that the oil level gets above the cross-hatched area that shows the proper operating range), the engine could be damaged. Drain the excess oil or limit driving of the vehicle, and seek a service professional to remove the excess oil.

See Engine Compartment Overview for the location of the engine oil fill cap.
Add enough oil to put the level somewhere in the proper operating range. Push the dipstick back in when through.

Selecting the Right Engine Oil
Selecting the right engine oil depends on both the proper oil specification and viscosity grade. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants.

Specification
Use full synthetic engine oils that meet the dexos1 specification. Engine oils that have been approved by GM as meeting the dexos1 specification are marked with the dexos1-approved logo.

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Caution
Failure to use the recommended engine oil or equivalent can result in engine damage not covered by the vehicle

Viscosity Grade
Use SAE 0W-20 viscosity grade engine oil.
When selecting an oil of the appropriate viscosity grade, it is recommended to select an oil of the correct specification. See “Specification” earlier in this section.

Engine Oil Additives/Engine Oil Flushes
Do not add anything to the oil. The recommended oils meeting the dexos1 specification are all that are needed for good performance and engine protection. Engine oil system flushes are not recommended and could cause engine damage not covered by the vehicle warranty.

What to Do with Used Oil
Used engine oil contains certain elements that can be unhealthy for your skin and could even cause cancer. Do not let used oil stay on your skin for very long. Clean your skin and nails with soap and water, or a
good hand cleaner. Wash or properly dispose of clothing or rags containing used engine oil. See the manufacturer’s warnings about the use and disposal of oil products.
Used oil can be a threat to the environment. If you change your oil, be sure to drain all the oil from the filter before disposal. Never dispose of oil by putting it in the trash or pouring it on the ground, into sewers, streams or bodies of water. Recycle it by taking it to a place that collects used oil.

Engine Oil Life System

When to Change Engine Oil
This vehicle has a computer system that indicates when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on a combination of factors which include engine revolutions, engine temperature, and miles driven. Based on driving conditions, the mileage at which an oil change is indicated can vary considerably. For the oil life system to work properly, the system must be reset every time the oil is changed.
On some vehicles, when the system has calculated that oil life has been diminished, a CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes on to indicate that an oil change is necessary. Change the oil as soon as possible within the next 1,000 km (600 mi). It is possible that, if driving under the best conditions, the oil life system might indicate that an oil change is not necessary for up to a year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and, at this time, the system must be reset. For vehicles without the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message, an oil change is needed when the REMAINING OIL LIFE percentage is near 0%. Your dealer has trained service people who will perform this work and reset the system. It is also important to check the oil regularly throughout an oil drain interval and keep it at the proper level.
If the system is ever reset accidentally, the oil must be changed at 5,000 km (3,000 mi) since the last oil change. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil is changed.

How to Reset the Engine Oil Life System
Reset the system whenever the engine oil is changed so that the system can calculate the next engine oil change. Always reset the engine oil life to 100% after every oil change. It will not reset itself. To reset the engine oil life system:

  1. Display the oil life percentage on the DIC. See Driver Information Center (DIC).
  2. Press the thumbwheel on the steering wheel, or the trip odometer reset stem if the vehicle does not have DIC controls, for several seconds. When the confirmation message displays, select YES. The oil life will change to 100%.

The oil life system can also be reset as follows:

  1. Display the oil life percentage on the DIC. See Driver Information Center (DIC)
  2. Fully press the accelerator pedal slowly three times within five seconds.
  3. If the display changes to 100%, the system is reset.

If the vehicle has a CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message and it comes back on when the vehicle is started and/or the oil life percentage is near 0%, the engine oil life system has not been reset. Repeat the procedure.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

How to Check Automatic Transmission Fluid
It is not necessary to check the transmission fluid level. A transmission fluid leak is the only reason for fluid loss. If a leak occurs, take the vehicle to your dealer and have it repaired as soon as possible.
There is a special procedure for checking and changing the transmission fluid. Because this procedure is difficult, this should be done at your dealer. Contact your dealer for additional information.

Caution
Use of the incorrect automatic transmission fluid may damage the vehicle, and the damage may not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Always use the correct automatic transmission fluid. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants.

Change the fluid and filter at the intervals listed in the Maintenance Schedule and be sure to use the fluid listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants.

Engine Air Filter Life System
If equipped, this feature provides the engine air filter’s remaining life and the best timing for a change. The timing to change an engine
air filter depends on driving and environmental conditions.

When to Change the Engine Air Filter
When the Driver Information Center (DIC) displays a message to replace the engine air filter at the next oil change, follow this timing.
When the DIC displays a message to replace the engine air filter soon, replace the engine air filter at your earliest convenience.
The system must be reset after the engine air filter is changed.
If the DIC displays a message to check the engine air filter system, see your dealer.

How to Reset the Engine Air Filter Life System

To reset:

  1. Place the vehicle in P (Park).
  2. Display the Air Filter Life on the DIC. See Driver Information Center (DIC).
  3. Press the thumbwheel on the steering wheel to move to the Reset/Disable display area. Select Reset then press the thumbwheel for several seconds.
  4. Press the thumbwheel to confirm the reset.

Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
The engine air cleaner/filter is on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. See Engine Compartment Overview.

When to Inspect the Engine Air  Cleaner/Filter
If the vehicle is not equipped with the engine air filter life system see Maintenance Schedule for intervals on inspecting and replacing the engine air cleaner filter.

How to Inspect/Replace the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
Do not start the engine or have the engine running with the engine air cleaner/filter housing open. Before removing the engine air cleaner/filter, make sure that the engine air cleaner/filter housing and nearby components are free of dirt and debris. Do not clean the engine air cleaner/filter or components with water or compressed air.
To inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter:

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5.3L V8 Engine Shown, 6.2L V8 Engine Similar

  1. Remove the three screws, tilt the cover, and slide it out of the assembly.
    Warning
    If part replacement is necessary, the part must be replaced with one of the same part number or with an equivalent part.
    Use of a replacement part without the same fit, form, and function may result in personal injury or damage to the vehicle.
  2. Inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter.
  3. Lower the cover, slide it into the assembly, then secure with the three screws.
  4. If equipped, reset the engine air filter life system after replacing the engine air filter. See Engine Air Filter Life System 0 319.

Warning
Operating the engine with the air cleaner/filter off can cause you or others to be burned. Use caution when working on the engine. Do not start the engine or drive the vehicle with the air cleaner/filter off, as flames may be present if the engine backfires.

Caution
If the air cleaner/filter is off, dirt can easily get into the engine, which could damage it. Always have the air cleaner/filter in place when driving.

Cooling System
If the vehicle has a Duramax diesel engine, see the Duramax diesel supplement.
The cooling system allows the engine to maintain the correct working temperature.

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  1. Engine Electric Cooling Fans (Out of View)
  2. Coolant Surge Tank and Pressure Cap

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  1. Engine Electric Cooling Fans (Out of View)
  2. Coolant Surge Tank and Pressure Cap

Warning
An underhood electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can cause injury. Keep hands, clothing, and tools away from any underhood electric fan.

Warning
Do not touch the heater, radiator, a/c pipes or hoses, or other engine parts. They can be very hot and can burn you. Do not run the engine if there is a leak; all coolant could leak out. That could cause an engine fire and can burn you. Fix any leak before driving the vehicle.

Engine Coolant
The cooling system in the vehicle is filled with DEX-COOL engine coolant. This coolant is designed to remain in the vehicle for 5 years or 240,000 km (150,000 mi), whichever occurs first.
The following explains the cooling system and how to check and add coolant when it is low. If there is a problem with engine overheating, see Engine Overheating.

What to Use

Warning
Plain water, or other liquids such as alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mixture will. With plain water or the wrong mixture, the engine could get too hot but there would not be an overheat warning. The engine could catch fire and you or others could be burned.

Use a 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and DEX-COOL coolant. This mixture:

  • Gives freezing protection down to −37 °C (−34 °F), outside temperature.
  • Gives boiling protection up to 129 °C (265 °F), engine temperature.
  • Protects against rust and corrosion.
  • Will not damage aluminum parts.
  • Helps keep the proper engine temperature.

Caution
Do not use anything other than a mix of DEX-COOL coolant that meets GM Standard GMW3420 and clean, drinkable water. Anything else can cause damage to the engine cooling system and the vehicle, which would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.

Never dispose of engine coolant by putting it in the trash, or by pouring it on the ground, or into sewers, streams, or bodies of water. Have the coolant changed by an authorized service centre, familiar with legal requirements regarding used coolant disposal. This will help protect the environment and your health.

Checking Coolant
The coolant surge tank is in the engine compartment on the driver’s side of the vehicle. See Engine Compartment Overview.
The vehicle must be on a level surface when checking the coolant level.

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Check to see if coolant is visible in the coolant surge tank. If the coolant inside the coolant surge tank is boiling, wait until it cools down. The coolant level should be at or above the indicated mark. If it is not, there may be a leak in the cooling system.
If coolant is visible but the coolant level is not at or above the indicated mark, see the following sections on how to add coolant to the coolant surge tank.

How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Surge Tank
If the vehicle has a diesel engine, see “Cooling System” in the Duramax diesel supplement for the proper coolant fill procedure.

Warning
Spilling coolant on hot engine parts can burn you. Coolant contains ethylene glycol and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough.

Warning
Plain water, or other liquids such as alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mixture will. With plain water or the wrong mixture, the engine could get too hot but there would not be an overheat warning. The engine could catch fire and you or others could be burned.

Warning
Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling system are under pressure.
Turning the pressure cap, even a little, can cause them to come out at high speed and you could be burned. Never turn the cap when the cooling system, including the pressure cap, is hot. Wait for the cooling system and pressure cap to cool.

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Caution
Failure to follow the specific coolant fill procedure could cause the engine to overheat and could cause system damage. If coolant is not visible in the surge tank, contact your dealer.

If no coolant is visible in the surge tank, add coolant.

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  1. Remove the coolant surge tank pressure cap when the cooling system, including the coolant surge tank pressure cap and upper radiator hose, is no longer hot. Turn the pressure cap slowly counterclockwise about one full turn. If a hiss is heard, wait for that to stop.
    A hiss means there is still some pressure left.
  2. Keep turning the pressure cap slowly, and remove it.
  3. Fill the coolant surge tank with the proper mixture to the full cold mark.
  4. With the coolant surge tank pressure cap off, start the engine and let it run until the engine coolant temperature gauge indicates approximately 90 °C (195 °F). By this time, the coolant level inside the coolant surge tank may be lower. If the level is lower, add more of the proper mixture to the coolant surge tank until the level reaches the indicated mark.
  5. Replace the pressure cap tightly.
  6. Verify the coolant level after the engine is shut off and the coolant is cold. If necessary, repeat the coolant fill procedure Steps 1–6.

Caution
If the pressure cap is not tightly installed, coolant loss and engine damage may occur. Be sure the cap is properly and tightly secured.

Engine Overheating
If the vehicle has a Duramax diesel engine, see the Duramax diesel supplement.

Caution
Do not run the engine if there is a leak in the engine cooling system. This can cause a loss of all coolant and can damage the system and vehicle. Have any leaks been fixed right away?

The vehicle has several indicators to warn of engine overheating.
There is a coolant temperature gauge in the vehicle’s instrument cluster. See Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
In addition, there are ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE, ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE, and ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED messages in the Driver Information Center (DIC).
If the decision is made not to lift the hood when this warning appears, get service help right away. See Roadside Assistance Program.
If the decision is made to lift the hood, make sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface.

If Steam is Coming from the Engine Compartment

Warning
Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling system are under pressure. Turning the pressure cap, even a little, can cause them to come out at high speed and you could be burned. Never turn the cap when the cooling system, including the pressure cap, is hot. Wait for the cooling system and pressure cap to cool.

If No Steam is Coming from the Engine Compartment
The ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE or the ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE message, along with a low coolant condition, can indicate a serious problem.
The 2.7L L4 engine will shut down automatically if the ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE message displays.
If there is an engine overheat warning, but no steam is seen or heard, the problem may not be too serious. Sometimes the engine can get a little too hot when the vehicle:

  • Climbs a long hill on a hot day.
  • Stops after high-speed driving.
  • Idles for long periods in traffic.
  • Tows a trailer; see Trailer Towing.

If the ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE or the ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE message appears with no sign of steam, try this for a minute or so:

  1. Turn the air conditioning off.
  2. Turn the heater on to the highest temperature and to the highest fan speed. Open the windows as necessary.
  3. When it is safe to do so, pull off the road, shift to P (Park) or N (Neutral) and let the engine idle.

If the temperature overheat gauge is no longer in the overheat zone or an overheat warning no longer displays, the vehicle can be driven. Continue to drive the vehicle slowly for about 10 minutes. Keep a safe vehicle distance from the vehicle in front. If the warning does not come back on, continue to drive normally and have the cooling system checked for proper fill and function.
If the warning continues, pull over, stop, and park the vehicle right away.
If there is still no sign of steam and the vehicle is equipped with an engine-driven cooling fan, push down the accelerator until the engine speed is about twice as fast as normal idle speed for at least five minutes while the vehicle is parked. If the warning is still there, turn off the engine and get everyone out of the vehicle until it
cools down.
If there is no sign of steam, idle the engine for five minutes while parked. If the warning is still displayed, turn off the engine until it cools down.

Engine Fan
If the vehicle has a Duramax diesel engine, see the Duramax diesel supplement. The vehicle has an electric cooling fan(s). The fans may be heard spinning at low speeds during most everyday driving. The fans may turn off if no cooling is required. Under heavy vehicle loading, trailer towing, high outside temperatures, or operation of the air conditioning system, the fans may change to high speed and an increase in fan noise may be heard. This is normal and indicates that the cooling system is functioning properly. The fans will change to low speed when additional cooling is no longer required.
The electric engine cooling fans may run after the engine has been turned off. This is normal and no service is required.

Washer Fluid
If the vehicle is equipped with a washer fluid level indicator, and the washer fluid reservoir is low, a message is displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC). See Driver Information Center (DIC) 0 124 for more information.

What to Use

Caution

  • Do not use washer fluid that contains any type of water-repellent coating. This can cause the wiper blades to chatter or skip.
  • Do not use engine coolant (antifreeze) in the windshield washer. It can damage the windshield washer system and paint.
  • Do not mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Water can cause the solution to freeze and damage the washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system.
  • When using concentrated washer fluid, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water.
  • Fill the washer fluid tank only three-quarters full when it is very cold. This allows for fluid expansion if freezing occurs, which could damage the tank if it is full.

Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions when windshield washer fluid needs to be added. Use a fluid that has sufficient protection against freezing if operating the vehicle in an area where the temperature may fall below freezing.

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Open the cap with the washer symbol on it. Add washer fluid until the tank is full. See Engine Compartment Overview 0 312 for reservoir location.

FAQs

What type of engine oil does the 2024 GMC Yukon use?

The 2024 GMC Yukon utilizes synthetic engine oil.

How often should I change the engine oil in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

It’s generally advised to change the engine oil in your 2024 GMC Yukon every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, or as indicated by the vehicle’s oil life monitoring system.

Can I use conventional engine oil in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

While synthetic oil is recommended for optimal performance, conventional oil can be used as well, but it may require more frequent changes.

What is the recommended oil viscosity for the 2024 GMC Yukon?

The recommended oil viscosity for the 2024 GMC Yukon is typically 5W-30 or 0W-20, depending on the engine variant.

How much engine oil does the 2024 GMC Yukon hold?

The 2024 GMC Yukon’s engine oil capacity can vary depending on the engine type, but it’s typically around 6 to 8 quarts.

How often should I change the transmission fluid in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

It’s recommended to change the transmission fluid in your 2024 GMC Yukon every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

What is the coolant capacity of the 2024 GMC Yukon?

The coolant capacity of the 2024 GMC Yukon can vary depending on the engine type, but it’s typically around 14 to 18 quarts.

What type of coolant does the 2024 GMC Yukon use?

The 2024 GMC Yukon uses a specific type of coolant, typically a long-life coolant with corrosion inhibitors.

How often should I flush and replace the coolant in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

It’s generally recommended to flush and replace the coolant in your 2024 GMC Yukon every 2 to 5 years.

Can I mix different types of coolant in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

It’s not recommended to mix different types of coolant in your 2024 GMC Yukon, as it can adversely affect cooling system performance and lead to corrosion.

What type of power steering fluid does the 2024 GMC Yukon use?

The 2024 GMC Yukon typically uses the power steering fluid, often specified as Dexron VI ATF.

How often should I check the power steering fluid in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

It’s recommended to check the power steering fluid level in your 2024 GMC Yukon regularly and top it off as needed, especially before long trips.

Can I use a universal power steering fluid in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

While universal power steering fluid may work in some vehicles, it’s best to use fluid specifically recommended for the 2024 GMC Yukon.

What type of brake fluid does the 2024 GMC Yukon use?

The 2024 GMC Yukon typically uses brake fluid specified as DOT 3 or DOT 4.

How often should I replace the brake fluid in my 2024 GMC Yukon?

It’s recommended to replace the brake fluid in your 2024 GMC Yukon every 2 to 3 years, or as indicated by the vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

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