2023 Cadillac Escalade Service and Maintenance User Guide


2023 Cadillac Escalade Service and Maintenance User Guide

With the Cadillac Escalade 2023 Service and Maintenance, welcome to the world of first-class auto maintenance. The Cadillac Escalade 2023 is a statement of greatness on the road and the height of luxury and performance. Your Escalade will function at its best and last as long as possible thanks to our service and maintenance options, which are designed to match the unmatched excellence of your Escalade. We at Cadillac are aware that your Escalade deserves only the best. In order to protect the integrity of your car, our team of highly qualified specialists uses cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and genuine Cadillac parts. Our service is customized to fit the specific requirements of your Escalade, whether those needs include routine maintenance, specialty repairs, or individualized attention.

General Information

  • Your vehicle is an important investment. This section describes the required maintenance for the vehicle. Follow this schedule to help protect against major repair expenses resulting from neglect or inadequate maintenance. It may also help to maintain the value of the vehicle if it is sold. It is the responsibility of the owner to have all required maintenance performed.
  • Your dealer has trained technicians who can perform required maintenance using genuine replacement parts. They have up-to-date tools and equipment for fast and accurate diagnostics. Many dealers have extended evening and Saturday hours, courtesy transportation, and online scheduling to assist with service needs.
  • Your dealer recognizes the importance of providing competitively priced maintenance and repair services. With trained technicians, the dealer is the place for routine maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations and additional maintenance items like tires, brakes, batteries, and wiper blades.

Damage caused by improper maintenance can lead to costly repairs and may not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections, recommended fluids, and lubricants are important to keep the vehicle in good working condition.
Do not have chemical flushes that are not approved by GM performed on the vehicle. The use of flushes, solvents, cleaners, or lubricants that are not approved by GM could damage the vehicle, requiring expensive repairs that are not covered by the vehicle warranty.

The Tire Rotation and Required Services are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. It is recommended to have your dealer perform these services every 12 000 km/7,500 mi. Proper vehicle maintenance helps to keep the vehicle in good working condition, improves fuel economy, and reduces vehicle emissions.
Because of the way people use vehicles, maintenance needs vary. There may need to be more frequent checks and services. The Additional Required Services – Normal are for vehicles that:

  • Carry passengers and cargo within recommended limits on the Tire and Loading Information label. See Vehicle Load Limits 0 215.
  • Are driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal driving limits.
  • Use the recommended fuel.  Refer to the information in the Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services -Normal Service.

The Additional Required Services – Severe are for vehicles that are

  • Mainly driven in heavy city traffic in hot weather.
  • Mainly driven in hilly or mountainous terrain.
  • Frequently towing a trailer.
  • Used for high speed or competitive driving.
  • Used for taxi, police, or delivery service.

Refer to the information in the Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services -Severe Service.

Performing maintenance work can be dangerous and can cause serious injury. Perform maintenance work only if the required information, proper tools, and equipment are available. If they are not, see your dealer to have a trained technician do the work. See Doing Your Own Service Work 0 336.

Maintenance Schedule

Tire Rotation and Required Services Every 12 000 km (7,500 mi)
Tires are rotated to achieve a more uniform wear for all tires. The first rotation is the most important. Anytime unusual wear is noticed, rotate the tires as soon as possible, check for proper tire inflation pressure, and check for damaged tires or wheels. If the unusual wear continues after the rotation, check the wheel alignment. See When It Is Time for New Tires and Wheel Replacement.

. Perform Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection. See Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI) 0 417.
. Lubricate body components.

Extended Idle Use
When the vehicle is used in a way that requires extended idle time, one hour of use shall be deemed the same as 53 km (33 mi). See Driver Information Center (DIC)  for hour meter.

Additional Required Services — Normal Service
Every 12 000 km (7,500 mi)

  • Check engine oil level and oil life percentage. If needed, change engine oil and filter, and reset oil life system. Or when the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message displays, have the engine oil and filter changed within the next 1 000 km/ 600 mi. If driven under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate the need for vehicle service for up to a year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and the oil life system must be reset. Your trained dealer technician can perform this work. If the engine oil life system is reset accidentally, service the vehicle within5 000 km/3,000 mi since the last service. Reset the oil life system when the oil is changed.
  • When the REPLACE AT NEXT OIL CHANGE message displays, the engine air filter should be replaced at the next engine oil change. When the REPLACE ENGINE AIR FILTER SOON message displays, the engine air filter should be replaced at the earliest convenience. Reset the engine air filter life system after the engine air filter is replaced. See Engine Air Filter Life System 0 345.

Every 36 000 km (22,500 mi)

  • Replace passenger compartment air filter. Or every 24 months, whichever comes first. More frequent passenger compartment air filter replacement may be needed if driving in areas with heavy traffic, poor air quality, high dust levels, or environmental allergens. Passenger compartment air filter replacement may also be needed if there is reduced airflow, window fogging, or odors. Your GM dealer can help determine when to replace the filter.

Every 96 000 km (60,000 mi)

  • Replace spark plugs. Inspect spark plug wires and/or boots. 6.2L LT4 Supercharged Engine.

Every 156 000 km (97,500 mi)

  • Replace spark plugs. Inspect spark plug wires and/or boots. 6.2L L87 Engine.
  • Change transfer case fluid, if equipped with 4WD. Do not directly power wash the transfer case and/or front/rear axle output seals. High pressure water can overcome the seals and contaminate the transfer case fluid. Contaminated fluid will decrease the life of the transfer case and/or axles and should be replaced.

Every 161 000 km (100,000 mi)

  • Replace hood and/or body lift support gas struts. Or every 10 years, whichever comes first. See Gas Strut(s) 0 358.

Every 240 000 km (150,000 mi)

Drain and fill engine cooling system. Or every six years, whichever comes first. See Cooling System 0 347.

Severe Conditions Requiring More Frequent Maintenance

  • Public service, military, or commercial use vehicles to include the following:
    • Ambulances, police cars, and emergency rescue vehicles.
    • Civilian vehicles such as light duty pick-up trucks, SUVs, and passenger cars that are used in military applications.
    • Recovery vehicles such as tow trucks and flatbed single vehicle carriers or any vehicle that is consistently used in towing trailers or other loads.
    • High use commercial vehicles such as courier delivery vehicles, private security patrol vehicles, or any vehicles that operate on a 24–hour basis.
    • Any vehicle consistently operated in a high sand or dust environment such as those used on oil pipelines and similar applications.
  • Vehicles that are regularly used for short trips of 6 km (4 mi) or less.
  • The oil life indicator will show you when to change the oil and filter. Under severe conditions the indicator may come on before 12 000 km (7,500 mi).

Under extreme driving conditions listed above, it may be necessary to replace your spark plugs at more frequent intervals. For further assistance in determining the most suitable service maintenance intervals for your vehicle, please contact your authorized GM Dealer.
Extreme service is for vehicles mainly driven off-road in four-wheel drive or used in farming, mining, forestry, or snow plowing.

Additional Required Services
Every 72 000 km (45,000 mi)

  • Change automatic transmission fluid and filter.
  • Change transfer case fluid, if equipped with 4WD. Do not directly power wash the transfer case and/or front/rear axle output seals. High pressure water can overcome the seals and contaminate the transfer case fluid. Contaminated fluid will decrease the life of the transfer case and/or axles and should be replaced.

Owner Checks and Services
Every Five Years

  • Replace brake fluid.

Every Seven Years

  • Replace Air Conditioning Desiccant every seven years. The air conditioning system requires maintenance every seven years. This service requires replacement of the desiccant to help the longevity and efficient operation of the air conditioning system. This service can be complex. See your dealer.

Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI)
A Multi Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI) completed by a GM dealer technician is a maintenance assessment of your vehicle. The benefit of the MPVI is to identify and inform the customer of service items that require immediate attention and those that may require attention in the future.

The technician will perform the following checks on your vehicle. For a complete list of checks, inspections, and services, see your dealer.
Some items may not apply to your vehicle and/or region.


  • OnStar active, if equipped
  • Service history/recall check

Engine Oil and Filter

  • Engine oil
  • Oil life monitor
    • Reset oil life monitor

Exterior Lights

  • Visual inspection

Windshield and Wipers

  • Visual inspection


  • Battery visual inspection
  • Battery test results
  • Battery cables and connections

Special Application Services

  • Severe Commercial Use Vehicles Only: Lubricate chassis components every oil change.
  • Have underbody flushing service performed. See “Underbody Maintenance” in Exterior Care 0 406.

Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
This maintenance section applies to vehicles with a gasoline engine. If the vehicle has a diesel engine, see “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Duramax diesel supplement.
Fluids and lubricants identified below by name or specification, including fluids or lubricants not listed here, can be obtained from your dealer.

Usage Fluid/Lubricant
Automatic Transmission DEXRON ULV Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Chassis Lubrication Lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.
Engine Coolant 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL Coolant.



Engine Oil Engine oil meeting the dexos1 specification of the proper SAE viscosity grade. AC Delco dexos1 full synthetic is recommended. See Engine Oil 0 342.
Front Axle (4WD Only) and Rear Axle. See your dealer.
Hydraulic Brake System DOT 4 Hydraulic Brake Fluid.
Key Lock Cylinders, Hood Hinges, Body Door Hinge Pins, Power Assist Steps, Liftgate Hinge, and Fuel Door Hinge Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube. See your dealer.
Transfer Case (4WD Only) See your dealer.
Weather strip Conditioning Weather strip lubricant. See your dealer.
Windshield Washer Automotive windshield washer fluid that meets regional freeze protection requirements.

Maintenance Replacement Parts
Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification, can be obtained from your dealer. If the vehicle has a diesel engine, see the Duramax diesel supplement.

Part GM Part Number ACDelco Part Number
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
6.2L (L87) with high capacity air cleaner 84121219 A3244C
6.2L (L87) without high capacity air cleaner 84121217 A3246C
6.2L (LT4) 84989107 A3295C
Oil Filter
6.2L V8 Engine (L87) 12707246 PF63
6.2L V8 Supercharged Engine (LT4) 12707246 PF63
Passenger Compartment Air Filter 13540923 CF206C
Part GM Part Number AC Delco Part Number
Spark Plugs
 6.2L V8 Engine (L87) 12622441 41-114
 6.2L V8 Supercharged Engine (LT4) 12642722 41-128
Wiper Blades
Driver Side – 55 cm (22 in) 84278338
Passenger Side – 55 cm (22 in) 84278338
Rear – 30 cm (12 in) 84215609

Maintenance Records
After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service, and the type of services performed in the boxes provided. Retain all maintenance receipts.

Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance Stamp Services Performed


When should I schedule my Cadillac Escalade’s first service appointment

Your Cadillac Escalade should have its first maintenance visit around 7,500 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

What type of oil does the 2023 Cadillac Escalade require?

Standard synthetic oil for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade has a viscosity grade of 5W-30. For specific advice, refer to your owner’s manual.

How often should I change the oil in my Escalade?

Every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, or once a year, whichever comes first, oil changes are generally advised. For exact intervals, consult your owner’s handbook.

Do I need to use premium fuel in my Cadillac Escalade?

Yes, using premium unleaded fuel with an octane value of 91 or higher is advised for the best performance and fuel economy.

When should I replace the air filter in my Escalade?

Depending on driving circumstances, the air filter should be examined and replaced if necessary every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.

How often should I rotate the tires on my 2023 Escalade?

Every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, tire rotation is normally advised to ensure even tire wear and increase tire life.

Is it important to follow the recommended maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual?

Yes, it’s essential to adhere to the suggested maintenance schedule to keep your Escalade in top condition and preserve your warranty.

How often should I flush and replace the coolant in my Escalade?

Coolant replacement periods differ, however it’s often advised to cleanse and replace the coolant every five years or 100,000 miles.

What is the lifespan of the brake fluid in the Escalade?

The Escalade’s brake fluid should be updated every two to three years to ensure optimal brake system operation, according to answer to question 9.

How do I know if my Escalade’s battery needs replacement?

It may be time to have your battery tested if you encounter electrical problems such as delayed starting, dim headlights, or others. Batteries typically last between three and five years.

Can I perform basic maintenance tasks myself, like oil changes?

Yes, if you have the right equipment and experience, you can perform many basic maintenance procedures like air filter replacement and oil changes at home. It’s best to refer to your owner’s manual and follow the correct instructions, nevertheless.

What does the “Service Engine Soon” light indicate?

The “Service Engine Soon” light suggests that there may be a problem with the vehicle’s powerplant or emissions system. It is advised to have a qualified mechanic examine your car.

How often should I replace the spark plugs in my Escalade?

In order to maintain appropriate engine performance, it is normally advised to change spark plugs every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

What is Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance?

The first three years or 36,000 miles of ownership are covered by the comprehensive maintenance package Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, which includes some scheduled maintenance treatments

Where can I find the recommended tire pressure for my Escalade?

The owner’s manual or a placard inside the driver’s door jamb typically provide the recommended tire pressure. In order to preserve safety and the best handling, tire pressure must be properly maintained.

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