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2007-13 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra Truck Routine Maintenance FAQ

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Modern cars and trucks need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a tune up every six months, or change the oil every three months, but regular fluid changes and tire rotations are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity. What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks, most of which you can do yourself at home. If you need more guidance, or step by step instructions, check out our OnDemand video tutorials, or get the online manual, or our traditional printed manual.

Oil Change

Engine Oil Type                                5W30
Engine Oil Capacity                         4.5 quarts (V6)
                                                           6.0 quarts (V8)
Oil Drain Plug Torque                      18 ft-lbs

Transmission Fluid Change

Transmission Fluid Type                  Dexron VI ATF
Transmission Fluid Capacity           5.0 quarts (4 speed auto)
(when changing filter)                         6.0 quarts (6L50/6L80)
                                                           6.3 quarts (6L90)
Transmission Fluid Capacity           12.0 quarts (4 speed auto)
(total including converter)                  12.4 quarts (6L50/6L80)
                                                           12.4 quarts (6L90)
Transmission Drain Plug Torque    156 in-lbs (4 speed auto)
Transmission Pan Bolts Torque      97 in-lbs (4 speed auto)
                                                           80 in-lbs (6 speed auto)

Transfer Case Fluid Change

Transfer Case Fluid Type                 MTF (New Venture 261-NP2)
                                                           Auto Trac II (New Venture 246-NP8)
                                                           Dexron VI ATF (All Others)
Transfer Case Capacity                   2.0 quarts (New Venture Models)
                                                           1.6 quarts (Magna Powertrain Models)
                                                           1.5 quarts (Borg Warner Models)
Transfer Case Drain Plug Torque   15 ft-lbs (New Venture)
                                                           156 in-lbs (Magna Powertrain)
                                                           18 ft-lbs (Borg Warner)

Differential Oil Change

Differential Oil Type                         80W90 GL-5 gear oil (1500 front)
                                                          75W90 synthetic gear oil (all HD models front)
                                                          75W90 synthetic gear oil (all rear)
Differential Oil Capacity                 up to 2.0 quarts (front)
                                                          2.2 quarts (rear with 8.6” diff.)
                                                          2.75 quarts (rear with 9.5” and 10.5” diff.)
                                                          3.2 quarts (rear with 11.5” diff)
Differential Drain Plug Torque        24 ft-lbs
Differential Cover Bolts Torque     30 ft-lbs

Cooling System Flush and Fill

Coolant Type                                    50/50 mix of Dex-cool and water
Cooling System Capacity               16.5 quarts (V6)
                                                          16.9 quarts (V8)

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Power Steering Fluid                       GM power steering fluid
Brake Fluid                                       DOT 3 brake fluid

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Wheel Lug Nuts                                140 ft-lbs
Brake Caliper Bolts                          74 ft-lbs (front 1500 models)
                                                           80 ft-lbs (front 2500 & 3500 models)
                                                           38 ft-lbs (rear 1500 models)
                                                           80 ft-lbs (rear 2500 & 3500 models)
Caliper Bracket Bolts                      129 ft-lbs (front 1500 models)
                                                           221 ft-lbs (front 2500 & 3500 models)
                                                           148 ft-lbs (rear all single rear wheel models)
                                                           221 ft-lbs (rear 3500 dual rear wheel models)
ABS Speed Sensor Bolts                 156 in-lbs (front)
                                                           80 in-lbs (rear)

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Maintenance Schedule

The following intervals are based on the assumption that you will be doing the service work yourself, as opposed to paying to have the work done. These are our recommended minimum maintenance intervals for vehicles that are driven daily, and in many cases are shorter than the factory’s recommendations. Because frequent maintenance enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your car, we encourage you to follow our schedule. If you drive in dusty areas, tow a trailer, idle or drive at low speeds for extended periods or drive for short periods (less than four miles at a time) in below freezing temperatures, even smaller intervals are recommended.

When the vehicle is new, follow the maintenance schedule to the letter, record it in your owner’s manual and keep all receipts to protect the warranty. In many cases the initial maintenance check is done at no cost (check with the service department for more information). 

Every 250 miles or weekly

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the windshield washer fluid level
  • Check the brake fluid levels
  • Check the tires and tire pressures

Every 3,000 miles or 3 months
...all items listed above, as well as

  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the automatic transmission fluid level

Every 6,000 miles or 6 months
...all items listed above, as well as

  • Rotate the tires
  • Inspect the windshield wiper blades
  • Check and service the battery
  • Check the engine accessory belt
  • Inspect under hood hoses
  • Check the cooling system
  • Check the seat belts

Every 15,000 miles or 12 months
...all items listed above, as well as

  • Lube the chassis
  • Check the differential oil level in the front (4x4) and rear axles
  • Check the fuel system
  • Check the brake system*
  • Check the exhaust system
  • Check the transfer case oil level (4x4)
  • Check the air filter*

Every 30,000 miles or 30 months
...all items listed above, as well as

  • Change the brake fluid
  • Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter**
  • Change transfer case oil (4x4)
  • Flush cooling system (if green colored ethylene glycol antifreeze)
  • Replace the air filter*
  • Check the steering, suspension and drive axle boots
  • Inspect evaporative emissions control system

Every 60,000 miles or 48 months
...all items listed above, as well as

  • Replace the spark plugs
  • Inspect/replace the spark plug wires
  • Change the differential oil**

Every 100,000 miles or 60 months
...all items listed above, as well as

  • Flush cooling system (if orange colored Dex-Cool antifreeze)

* Perform at half the indicated intervals if the vehicle is operated under under one or more of the following conditions:

  • Driving in dusty areas
  • Towing a trailer
  • Idling for extended periods
  • Driving at low speed or short trips in below freezing temperatures

** Perform at half the indicated interval if operated under one or more of the following conditions:

  • In heavy city traffic with temperature above 90-degrees F
  • In hilly or mountainous terrain with temperature above 90-degrees F
  • Frequent trailer towing
  • If the vehicle has been driven through deep water