How to Change the Oil in a Chevy HHR

by John WalkerUpdated November 07, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Car ramps

  • Ratchet

  • Torque wrench

  • 15mm socket

  • 32mm socket

  • Oil pan

  • WIX 57082 Oil Filter

  • 5 quarts SAE 5w30

Chevy began production of the HHR in 2006, and offered a 2.2L and 2.4L four-cylinder engines. Chevy quickly opened up the options to include a 2.0L four-cylinder. The manufacturer recommends that you change the engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles using five quarts of SAE 5w30 for all the engine sizes. You can use a high mileage or synthetic oil to prolong the life of the engine and engine seals. Changing the oil takes about 15 minutes with the right tools and a set of car ramps.

Raise the hood. Remove the oil filter housing cap located to the right of the engine block. Use a 32mm socket to loosen the cap, and then remove by hand. The filter is attached to the cap, and will drip. Remove the filter and dispose of it. Replace the gasket on the oil filter cap as necessary (included with the purchase of the filter) while wiping fresh oil on the gasket. The gaskets are little black rubber bands that pop into place. Place a new filter onto the cap, and reinstall the cap. Tighten it to 16 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

Drive the vehicle onto a pair of car ramps, and engage the emergency brake.

Slide the tools and oil bucket under the engine. Place the bucket beneath the oil plug, located on the passenger side of the engine facing the rear of the vehicle.

Loosen and remove the oil drain plug with the 15mm socket. Set to the side. Allow all the fluid to drain until only a few drops are coming out. Replace the oil drain plug, and tighten to 18 foot pounds of torque.

Remove the oil fill cap, labelled and top center of the engine, and add five quarts of SAE 5w30. Replace the oil cap. Start the vehicle, and allow it to run for two minutes. Monitor the plug and oil filter for signs of leaks. Any leaks noticed would be a result of a loose bolt or cap or a damaged gasket. Tighten or replace as necessary and recheck. Close the hood. Back off of the ramps.


You should check your transmission fluid and air filter while changing the oil, replacing or refilling as needed.

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