1999-2022 Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity & Oil Type Free Lookup

You may have already heard that the 5.3L (Vortec 5300) is an oil guzzler. But, how many quarts of oil does this engine take?

Generally, the Chevy/GMC 5.3 engine uses either 6 quarts or 8 quarts of oil, depending on the specific engine variant and vehicle model year.

For example, the Chevy Avalanche takes 6 quarts, while some GMC Yukon cars take 8 quarts.

This post will get into the details of oil capacity and oil type in all vehicles that have the 5.3L engine by Chevy and GMC.

You can look it up here or…

Navigate to the section for your vehicle in the Table of Contents right below to find everything about it.

So, let’s go.

What Chevy/GM Vehicles Have 5.3L Engine?

The Chevy 5.3L engine is one of the most reliable and trusted motors in the automotive industry. As such, many vehicles feature this motor since it is plentiful in horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. You will find this engine in SUVs, cargo trucks, passenger vans, and work trucks.

There are different variations of the Chevy 5.3L engine. Typically, it covers generations III, IV, and V of GM’s small-block V8 engines. It has undergone many changes, including Active Fuel Management, variable valve timing, and direct injection. It has perhaps the best fuel economy, running more than 20 mpg on the highway. Thus, it can save you money on gas when you head out to the trails.

Here’s a complete list of all the Chevy/GM vehicles utilizing the 5.3L engine.

  1. 2002 – 2013 Chevy Avalanche 1500
  2. 2003 – 2014 Chevy Express 1500
  3. 2006 – 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo
  4. 1999 – 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500
  5. 1999 – 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500
  6. 2000 – 2022 Chevy Suburban
  7. 2000 – 2022 Chevy Tahoe
  8. 2009 – 2012 GMC Canyon
  9. 2003 – 2014 GMC Savana 1500
  10. 2003 – 2005 GMC Savana 2500
  11. 1999 – 2021 GMC Sierra 1500
  12. 1999 – 2000 GMC Sierra 2500
  13. 2000 – 2022 GMC Yukon
  14. 2000 – 2022 GMC Yukon XL
Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
Considering that the 5.3L engine has eight cylinders, GM has designed it to take 6 to 8 quarts of oil

Chevy/GMC 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type: Free Lookup

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Model Years & Engine SizesOil
Capacity
(with oil filter)
Oil Viscosity
(Type)
2002 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2003 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 Avalanche 1500 5.3L [T]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 Avalanche 1500 5.3L [Z]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 Avalanche 1500 5.3L [T]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2006 Avalanche 1500 5.3L [Z]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2007 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2008 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Above 32°F: 10W30
2011 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F .10W30
2012 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 Avalanche 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2003 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2007 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2008 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Above 32°F: 10W30
2011 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2012 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 Express 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2006 Monte Carlo 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2007 Monte Carlo 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
1999 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30;
All TEMPS: 5W30;
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2000 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30;
All TEMPS: 5W30;
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2001 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30;
All TEMPS: 5W30;
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2002 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2002 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30;
All TEMPS: 5W30;
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2003 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2003 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2004 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2004 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2005 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2007 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2008 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAbove 32°F: 10W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
2011 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
2012 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 Silverado 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
2014 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2015 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
2016 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2017 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2018 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2019 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2020 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2021 Silverado 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
1999 Silverado 2500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2000 Silverado 2500 5.3L6 quartsAbove -4°F: 10W30
All TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2000 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2001 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2002 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2003 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2007 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2008 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2009 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Above 32°F: 10W30
2011 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2012 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 Chevy Suburban 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2015 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2016 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2017 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2018 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2019 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2020 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2021 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2022 Chevy Suburban 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2000 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2001 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2002 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2003 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2007 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2008 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Above 32°F: 10W30
2011 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2012 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2015 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2016 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2017 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2018 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2019 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2020 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2021 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2022 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2009 GMC Canyon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2010 GMC Canyon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Where temperature°Fall below -20F (-29C) it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W30 oil meeting, GM standard GM6094.
2011 GMC Canyon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2012 GMC Canyon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2003 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2006 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2007 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2008 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
If in area of extreme cold, where the temperature° falls below the specified temperature range, use 5W30 synthetic or 0W30 meeting Original Equipment specifications. These provide easier starting of the engine at extremely low temperatures.
2010 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Where temperature°Fall below -20F (-29C) it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W30 oil meeting, GM standard GM6094.
2011 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2012 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2003 GMC Savana 2500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 GMC Savana 2500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 GMC Savana 2500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
1999 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2000 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2001 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2002 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2003 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2007 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2008 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Where temperature°Fall below -20F (-29C) it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W30 oil meeting, GM standard GM6094.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2012 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2013 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2015 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2016 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2017 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2020 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2021 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
1999 GMC Sierra 2500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2000 GMC Sierra 2500 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2000 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2001 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2002 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2003 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2006 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2007 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -4°F: 0W30
2008 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 GMC Yukon 5.3L [0]6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2009 GMC Yukon 5.3L [3]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Where temperature°Fall below -20F (-29C) it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W30 oil meeting, GM standard GM6094.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2009 GMC Yukon 5.3L [J]6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 GMC Yukon 5.3L [0]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Where temperature fall below -20F (-29C) it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W30 oil meeting, GM standard GM6094.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2011 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2012 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2013 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 GMC Yukon 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2015 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2016 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2017 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2018 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2019 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2020 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2021 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2022 GMC Yukon 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2000 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2001 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2002 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2003 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2004 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2005 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L [Z]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
2005 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L [T]6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -20°F: 0W30
2006 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -4°F: 0W30
2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
SAE 5W30 is preferred.
Below -4°F: 0W30
2008 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
2009 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsBelow -20°F: 0W30
Above -20°F: 5W30
2010 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Where temperature°Fall below -20F (-29C) it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W30 oil meeting, GM standard GM6094.
Above 0°F: 10W30
2011 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2012 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2013 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2014 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L6 quartsAll TEMPS: 5W30
Below -20°F: 0W30
2015 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2016 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2017 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2018 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2019 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2020 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2021 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20
2022 GMC Yukon XL 5.3L8 quartsAll TEMPS: 0W20

An Overview of Chevy/GMC 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

The engine size determines the oil capacity of an engine. Considering that the 5.3L engine has eight cylinders, GM has designed it to take 6 to 8 quarts of oil. This capacity depends mainly on the specific features of the motor.

Some 5.3L engines have a 6-quart capacity. These are engines used in vehicle models such as Chevy Avalanche, Chevy Monte Carlo, Chevy Silverado, and Chevy Suburban. Others, like the 2015 – 2020 Chevy Suburban, 2014 – 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, 2015 – 2022 GMC Yukon, and 2015 – 2022 GMC Yukon XL, have an 8-quart oil pan.

However, these engines do not use the same oil type. GM recommends different oil viscosities for the 5.3L motor. Nonetheless, almost all vehicles equipped with this engine can use the 5W30 oil type for all temperatures. This is except for the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2016 – 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2015 – 2022 Chevy Suburban, 2015 – 2022 Chevy Tahoe, 2014 – 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, 2015 – 2022 GMC Yukon, and 2015 – 2022 GMC Yukon XL, which work with 0W20 oil for all temperatures.

Let’s delve deeper into the specific oil capacities and oil types for the different vehicle models with the 5.3L Chevy.

2002 – 2013 Chevy Avalanche 1500 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
All 2002 – 2013 Chevy Avalanche 1500s have a 6-quart oil capacity with the filter

All 2002 – 2013 Chevy Avalanche 1500s have a 6-quart oil capacity with the filter. The manufacturer recommends using SAE 5W30 synthetic oil like the Amazon Basics 6-pack Full Synthetic Motor oil. During the cold seasons or in areas where temperatures are above 0°F, the 10W30 oil is suitable for the 2002 – 2013 Chevy Avalanche.

Nonetheless, if you’re driving the 2006 or 2009 Chevy Avalanche 1500 in temperatures below -20°F, the engine should use 0W30 oil that meets OEM requirements. It prevents poor cold starts in extreme temperatures.

You should change the oil and oil filter after one year or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first. It helps get better gas mileage and engine performance as it removes particles and sludge from the engine.

2003 – 2014 Chevy Express 1500 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
If you are the owner of a 2003 to 2014 Chevy Express 1500, your vehicle will take 6 quarts of oil with a new filter

If you are the owner of a 2003 to 2014 Chevy Express 1500, your vehicle will take 6 quarts of oil with a new filter. Your car should use 5W30 oil for all temperatures, and, of course, SAE 5W30 is the recommended type. In addition, you should go for 10W30 when driving in temperatures above 0°F for the 2003 – 2004 Chevy Express 1500 and the 2010 model.

Other Chevy Express 1500 vans from 2006 – 2007, 2009, and 2013 – 2014 are supposed to use 0W30 oil in temperatures below -20°F.

2006 – 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
Chevy Monte Carlo 5.3L cars from 2006 to 2007 have a 6-quart oil pan

Chevy Monte Carlo 5.3L cars from 2006 to 2007 have a 6-quart oil pan. They will take 6 quarts of oil with a new filter and 5.7 quarts if you don’t change the oil filter. The oil change interval for these midsize vehicles is 12 months.

As for the oil type, 2006 – 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo should use 5W30 oil in all temperatures. Ideally, it’s best to use SAE 5W30 oil. Again, the Amazon Basics Full Synthetic Motor Oil, SN Plus 5W30, is a suitable oil for these cars. Still, it’s better if you go for 0W30 oil when temperatures get below -20F.

1999 – 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
5W30 oil is a great choice for your Chevy Silverado 1500

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5W30 oil is a great choice for your Chevy Silverado 1500. However, not all models use this oil type. Firstly, all Chevy Silverado 1500s from 1999 to 2013 have a 6-quart capacity. All other models up to 2021 have an 8-quart capacity. These trucks can use the synthetic 5W30 in average temperatures, but when it’s above -4F, the 10W30 should suffice for 1999 – 2004 models.

Trucks from 2006 – 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 use 0W30 oil in temperatures below -20°F. Meanwhile, the 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 is supposed to use 10W30 in temperatures above 32°F.

As for trucks from 2014, they take 0W20 oil in all temperatures except for the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500. This vehicle should use 5W30 for all temps and 0W30 for temperatures below -20°F.

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1999 – 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
The Chevy Silverado 2500s from 1999 to 2000 use 5W30 oil in all temperatures

The Chevy Silverado 2500s from 1999 to 2000 also use 5W30 oil in all temperatures. Still, SAE 5W30 oil is preferred, and 10W30 is suitable in temps above -4°F. Yet, these trucks have a 6-quart oil capacity when you change the oil and the filter.

2000 – 2022 Chevy Suburban 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
The 2000 to 2014 Chevy Suburban equipped with a 5.3L engine takes 6 quarts of 5W30 oil with the filter

The 2000 to 2014 Chevy Suburban equipped with a 5.3L engine takes 6 quarts of 5W30 oil with the filter. In addition, these SUVs can use 10W30 oil in temps above 0°F except for the 2006 to 2008 models, which maintain the 5W30 oil no matter the temperature.

2009 Chevy Suburban 5.3 is designed to use 0W30 in temps below -20°F. However, if you live in a climate where temperatures fall below the specified range, you can use 5W30 or 0W30 synthetic oil. These oils should prevent trouble with starting the engine in extremely low temperatures.

If you own the 2010 Chevy Suburban, it can use 10W30 in temps above 32°F. On the other hand, the 2011 to 2014 SUVs use 0W30 oil when temperatures reach below -20°F.

For those with a Chevy Suburban 5.3 from 2015 to 2022, your SUV has an 8-quart capacity. It uses 0W20 oil at all temperatures, and Amazon Basics is still the best brand to get your 0W20 oil for these vehicles.

2000 – 2022 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
If your Chevy Tahoe uses the 5.3L engine and has the base year 2000 to 2014, it takes 6 quarts of oil

This full-size SUV is the best seller in Chevy’s line and has used a V8 engine all its life. If your Chevy Tahoe uses the 5.3L engine and has the base year 2000 to 2014, it takes 6 quarts of oil. Your vehicle will use either 5W30 in all temps or 10W30 in temps above 0°F for 2000 to 2004 models. Those from 2005 to 2009 take 5W30 even when temperatures go above or below the specified range.

Nonetheless, the 2009 model will take 0W30 in temperatures below -20°F and the 2010 model uses 10W30 in temps above 10°F. 2011 to 2014 models are supposed to utilize 0W30 in -20°F and below, while all other models from 2015 to 2022 use 0W20 in all temperatures. However, the 2015 to 2022 Chevy Tahoe 5.3 vehicles have an 8-quart oil capacity.

2009 – 2012 GMC Canyon 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
All 2009 to 2012 GMC Canyon 5.3 take 6 quarts of 5W30 oil in all temps

All 2009 to 2012 GMC Canyon 5.3 take 6 quarts of 5W30 oil in all temps. Still, they utilize 0W30 oil that meets OEM standards in areas where temps can reach below -20F. The only exception is the 2012 model, which only uses 5W30 even in frigid weather.

2003 – 2014 GMC Savana 1500 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
This passenger van from the years 2003 to 2014 with a GMC 5.3 carries six quarts of oil together with the oil filter

This passenger van from the years 2003 to 2014 with a GMC 5.3 carries six quarts of oil together with the oil filter. Again, the manufacturer recommends using 5W30 oil at all temperatures. If you live in an area where your thermometer never reads below 0°F, you can buy 10W30 oil. That’s if you own a 2003 or 2004 GMC Savana 1500.

All other models may use 0W30 at -20°F and below. On the 2009 model, be careful to check that your 0W30 oil meets GM6094 standards to prevent engine damage. 2011 and 2012 always use 5W30 even in temps below -20°F.

2003 – 2005 GMC Savana 2500 Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
These vans have a 6-quart oil capacity and utilize 5W30 oil in all temperatures

These vans also have a 6-quart oil capacity and utilize 5W30 oil in all temperatures. Again, SAE 5W30 is the preferred option for these vehicles. In average weather above 0°F, the 2003 and 2004 GMC Savana 2500 perform well with 10W30 oil. For the 2005 van, it’s best to use 0W30 in extremities below -20°F to avoid adding strain to the battery in cold weather.

1999 – 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
The GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck from 1999 to 2013 has a 6-quart oil capacity

Your GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck from 1999 to 2013 has a 6-quart oil capacity. Like most 5.3 vehicles from these model years, 1999 to 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 perform its best on SAE 5W30 engine oil. Trucks from 1999 to 2004 have excellent performance on 10W30 at 0°F and above, while 2006 – 2011 vehicles should start smoothly at below -20F by using 0W30 motor oil.

The 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 always works with 5W30 in all weather.

If you cruise with a truck from 2015 to 2021, it has an 8-quart oil pan. Furthermore, it will work with 0W20 oil no matter the temperature.

1999 – 2000 GMC Sierra 2500 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
1999-2000 GMC Sierra 2500s take 6 quarts of 5W30 oil in all temperatures

These trucks are much like their 1500 5.3 counterparts. This is because they take 6 quarts of 5W30 oil in all temperatures. Additionally, they can do great with 10W30 if your area stays at 0°F and higher temperatures.

2000 – 2022 GMC Yukon 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
If you have a 2000 to 2014 GMC Yukon with a 5.3 engine, your vehicle requires 5W30 oil

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If you’re searching for the correct oil to use in a 2000 to 2014 GMC Yukon with a 5.3 engine, your vehicle requires 5W30 oil. Being at the top of GMC’s advanced technology is no joke; that’s why you should use the preferred SAE 5W30 and never miss an oil change.

If you live in an area above 0°F, your SUV is better off with 10W30 motor oil. Yet, for the 2005, 2006, and 2008 models, the 5W30 is still your go-to option. Plus, models from 2007 and 2009 to 2014 will avoid struggling in cold weather below -20°F by using 0W30 engine oil that meets the GM6094 standard.

Again, all 2015 to 2022 GMC Yukons take eight quarts of 0W20 synthetic oil. It’s the ideal type to keep all moving parts lubricated and the engine cool. It’s recommended to change the oil every 7,500 miles for normal driving and sooner if you take your SUV on dusty trails.

2000 – 2022 GMC Yukon XL 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type

Chevy/GMC 5.3 Oil Capacity and Oil Type
All 2000 to 2014 models of the GMC Yukon XL take six quarts of oil with the filter and perform great on 5W30 oil type in all temperatures

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These vehicles share the oil capacity and oil type with their corresponding years in the Yukon line, but with a slight change. All 2000 to 2014 models take six quarts of oil with the filter and perform great on 5W30 oil type in all temperatures.

Still, Yukon GMC XL vehicles from 2000 to 2004 and those with a 2010 model year provide smooth rides with 10W30 oil for those who don’t deal with temps below 0°F. On the other hand, the 2008 full-size SUV does not change its oil type in extreme weather since it can start well with 5W30.

2005, 2009, and 2011 to 2014, GMC Yukon XL 5.3 have to use 0W30 if you see long days of snow in temps below -20°F in your area. The same goes for places that read -4°F if you have a 2006 – 2007 model.

SUVs with model years from 2015 to 2022 work with eight quarts of 0W20 synthetic oil in all temperatures.

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