How to Do an Oil Change on a 2007 Chevy Hhr

by Kyle McBride

    Chevy uses a pressurized oil delivery system in the 2007 HHR to provide lubrication to the critical points of the engine. Engine oil cleans, cools and lubricates the metal to metal contact points within the engine so it is important to change the oil when indicated on the Driver Information Center display at the bottom of the instrument panel. Your HHR's DIC displays the message "Change Oil Soon" based on engine temperature and revolutions -- not on mileage -- so don't rely on mileage to determine when your oil change is due.

    Items you will need

    • Jack
    • 2 jack stands
    • Drain pan
    • Socket set
    • Drain plug O-ring
    • Foot-pound torque wrench
    • Shop rags
    • 1 1/4-inch six-point socket
    • Oil filter
    • 5 quarts of synthetic 5W-30 oil, meeting GM standard GM6094M
    Step 1

    Park the vehicle on hard, level ground. Set the parking brake. Locate the jacking points on the side frame rails -- just behind the front wheel wells and indicated by arrows on the rocker panels. Jack the front of the car up and support it on jack stands.

    Step 2

    Remove the oil filler cap. Place a drain pan under the engine oil drain plug, and then remove the plug, using a ratchet and socket. Allow the oil to drain from the engine. Remove the old drain plug gasket and discard it. Install the new drain plug gasket on the drain plug. Install the drain plug and torque it to 18 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and socket.

    Step 3

    Raise the HHR, remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground.

    Step 4

    Locate the engine oil filter cap toward the rear of the engine, near the intake manifold. Wipe the cap with a shop rag to remove contaminants. Loosen the cap, using a 1 1/4-inch, six-point socket.

    Step 5

    Lift the cap and filter out of the engine block while holding a shop rag under it to contain the oil dripping from the filter. Detach the used filter from the cap and discard the filter. Drizzle fresh oil on the new filter and allow it to soak in and saturate the filter element. Remove the O-ring from the filter cap.

    Step 6

    Install a new O-ring -- included with a new filter -- on the filter cap. Lubricate the O-ring with fresh engine oil. Install the filter in the cap. Install the filter and cap assembly in the engine. Tighten the cap until it's fully seated on the filter housing. Do not exceed 18 foot-pounds of torque during installation.

    Step 7

    Add 4.5 quarts of engine oil to the engine through the oil filler hole. Give the oil a few minutes to drain down and then check the oil level with the dipstick. Install the oil cap, start the vehicle and check the drain plug and filter areas for leaks. Turn the engine off. Wait two minutes, and check the engine oil level again and add oil as needed to bring the level to the full mark on the dipstick.

    Step 8

    Turn the ignition switch to the “Run” position with the engine off. Find the DIC buttons located on the left side of the steering wheel below the Cruise Control buttons, if your HHR is equipped with Cruise Control. Press the DIC "Information" and "Reset" buttons simultaneously to enter the personalization menu. Using the "Information" button, scroll through the menu modes until the display reads “Oil-Life Reset.” Press and hold the reset button until the display reads “Acknowledged,” and then turn the ignition switch to the “Lock” position.


    • Change the oil within 600 miles after the "Change Oil Soon" message appears. Don't allow the oil change to interval to exceed one year even if the message does not appear.
    • Always perform an oil-life reset after each oil change.


    • Perform the oil change on a cool engine. Hot engine oil can cause burn injuries.
    • Do not attempt to remove the plastic oil filter cap with an open-end or adjustable wrench or you may damage the cap.
    • Dispose of used oil and filter according to local regulations.
    • Never work under a vehicle that is supported solely by a jack. Always support a vehicle securely on jack stands before working under it.