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I just bought a 2018 equinox AWD and 2.0 turbo. It has 78…

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I just bought a 2018 equinox AWD and 2.0 turbo. It has 78 miles on it, but the oil life is at 84%. Why is that?

Mechanic's Assistant: When was your last oil change?

It' brand new, just bought it

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Equinox yourself? What have you tried so far?

It's brand new just off the lot. Doesn't need fixing. Just want an answer.....

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GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago
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where is my answer
GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago

The oil life indicator percentage is calculated by engine run time, coolant temperature, and driving conditions. The powertrain control module takes all these things into consideration (algorithm) and then delivers a number to represent oil life remaining to the driver.

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GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago

I'm writing more for you...

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GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago

So your new vehicle may have experienced some long idle times, and had some cold starts, etc.

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GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago

Thus the shortened oil life.

Can I offer you some insight regarding this system, and your vehicle?

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GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago

I don't care for the oil life indicators, because I've seen in many cases where the oil should have been changed sooner than indicated by the indicator. I prefer looking at engine oil color, and keeping an eye on the mileage. The engineers would argue with me, and I don't care.

Direct injection engines put more carbon into the oil, and the oil gets dirtier quicker.

I've seen SO MANY variable camshaft oil control valve and timing chain issues from extended oil changes. These faults are expensive to repair.

Given this is a direct injected turbo engine, it needs a good supply of clean oil to achieve maximum engine life. Check out your owner's manual, and look at the severe service interval. Honestly, this mileage number is ***** of your consideration.

Hope that helps. Regards, Canuck

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GMC Mechanic: Canuck Tech, Journeyman Auto Technician replied 3 months ago

Thank you for choosing Just Answer. Please close up the question and rate my service. Thanks. Canuck

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