The 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier comes with a 2.2L four-cylinder engine. Although this engine is fairly reliable, it is prone to problems or failure if it is not properly maintained. One of the most frequent and important maintenance requirements for your Cavalier is changing the engine oil.
Engine Oil Specifications
General Motors recommends using 5W-30 motor oil in your 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. No specific brand is recommended; as long as the brand is certified by the API (American Petroleum Institute), then it is acceptable per the owner’s manual. The Cavalier’s engine oil capacity is 5 quarts. For the engine oil filter, General Motors recommends using either GM part number 24460713 or AC Delco part number PF2244G.
Oil Change Interval
Under normal driving conditions, which include frequent stop-and-go or city driving, General Motors recommends changing your 2004 Cavalier’s oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever interval comes first.
If 5W-30 motor oil is not available, you can use 10W-30. However, 10W-30 will not protect your engine from extreme cold, such as temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Under no circumstances is it acceptable to use anything other than 5W-30 or 10W-30. Under ideal driving conditions, which do not include frequent stop-and-go or city driving, it may be acceptable to extend your oil change interval to every 7,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first, according to the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier owner’s manual.
Where to Have the Oil Changed
General Motors recommends having your oil changes, as well as all other service, performed at your nearest Chevrolet dealer. However, having your vehicle serviced at another dealership or at an independent repair shop will not void your warranty; it is perfectly acceptable. If you do choose another dealership or an independent shop, be sure that the service technicians are well trained and certified by the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence).
Benefits of Oil Changes
Changing your oil regularly keeps your engine components properly lubricated. As oil is used, it slowly breaks down, and its lubricating ability is diminished. Additionally, old engine oil gets dirty, which further affects its ability to lubricate. Although the filter captures many contaminants, it cannot capture everything, particularly as it becomes clogged. Therefore, it’s not only beneficial, but necessary, to change your Cavalier’s oil regularly.