2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8L Engine Oil Capacity

Need to change your 2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8L’s oil but not sure where to begin? We’ll tell you everything you need to know about what to buy and how to do it.
Written by Natalie Todoroff
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
You can fit a lot inside of a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8L: carpentry supplies, furniture, an entire little league team, you name it. The same goes for the amount of oil you need for its oil change—this specific model requires a hefty 6 quarts of 5W-30 motor oil. 
If you own a 2014 GMC Savana, odds are, you aren’t just driving it to the office and back. A vehicle this size usually means business, and to keep it running smoothly, you’ll need to get familiar with its engine oil capacity. 
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2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8L Engine Oil Capacity 

Before we get into what kind of oil your engine needs, let’s begin with a different question: how much oil does a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8L engine need? 
This kind of engine has an engine oil capacity of 6 quarts or 5.7 liters. It’s easy to get the engine’s oil capacity and engine displacement confused because they are both measured in liters—but these numbers are not interchangeable. The 4.8-liter engine displacement refers to the volume of space the cylinders occupy in the engine while the 5.7-liter figure is how much motor oil you will need during an oil change. 

What kind of oil does a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8 need?

Okay, so you’ll need 6 quarts of oil. It’s time to head to the store and grab whichever 6-quart bottle we see on sale, right? Wrong! Before you start shopping for motor oil, you’ll also need to know what kind you need. 
Engine oils are rated based on their viscosity, or thickness, under different temperature conditions. For a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8L, you’ll need to purchase SAE 5W-30 oil. That’s what the owner’s manual recommends, and using that specific grade of oil will ensure that your engine stays healthy. 
If you’ve got no idea what that oil grade means, we’re here to help break it down piece by piece. SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers; they’re the entity that codes oil viscosity. Both numbers refer to the oil’s viscosity: the 5 next to the W (that stands for “winter”) means that the oil is thin enough to flow at 0°F, while the 30 indicates that it will also remain thin at your engine’s ultra-hot operating temperature of 212°F

How often to change oil on a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 4.8

We’ve answered “what kind?” and “how much?”, so let’s tackle the next question: when? For a 2014 Savana 2500 4.8L, GMC recommends that you change the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles driven. Or, if you’re not one to regularly put that many miles on your vehicle, aim for having it changed every six months instead. 
That said, a lot can happen in between oil changes, and you may find yourself having to open the hood and check on your oil a little ahead of schedule. Keep an eye, ear, and nose out for the following signs that you should change out your oil:
  • Motor oil that needs changing is dark brown or black 
  • Motor oil feels coarse or gritty 
  • Strange noises coming from your engine
  • Decreased vehicle performance 
  • Smoke, burning, or oil-like smells wafting from your engine 
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How to change your oil and oil filter 

Ready to
change your oil
? First things first, you’ll need the following materials on hand: 
  • Socket wrench 
  • Filter wrench
  • Drain pan
  • Replacement filter 
  • 6 quarts of SAE 5W-30 motor oil
Once you’ve rounded up everything you need, roll up your sleeves, slap on a pair of gloves and safety glasses, and complete the following steps:
  • Run your engine until it reaches its regular operating temperature, about 5 to 10 minutes 
  • Park your car on a level surface and turn off the engine 
  • Locate the oil drain plug underneath the vehicle
  • Position your oil drain pan underneath the oil drain plug 
  • Grab your socket wrench and loosen the oil drain plug by turning it counterclockwise 
  • Use your hand to remove the oil drain plug and allow the oil to drain completely into the drain pan. This could take a couple of minutes 
  • Wipe off the drain plug opening, reinsert the drain plug first by hand, and then tighten with your socket wrench to 20 lb-ft 
  • Reposition the oil drain pan under your vehicle so it is beneath the oil filter 
  • With your filter wrench, remove the oil filter by turning it counterclockwise 
  • Add a splash of motor oil to your new oil filter and reattach it to your vehicle by hand. It’s a good idea to lubricate the rubber O-ring washer with a little oil as well so it seals better to your vehicle 
  • Open the hood of your car and remove the oil fill cap 
  • Pour six quarts of your new motor oil into your engine 
  • Replace the oil fill cap 
After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary
After all of this, run your engine for a couple of minutes to check for any leaks. Then, reset your GMC’s oil life system by turning on the ignition, pressing and releasing the accelerator three times within five seconds, and turning your ignition back off. This will get that “check engine oil level soon” light on your dashboard to flip off, and reset your vehicle’s countdown to each oil change.
Last but not least, clean up! Don’t dump the dirty oil out on the ground or put it in your garbage bin. Instead, place it in a sealed container and bring it to a local recycling center.

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