Buick Encore Owners & Service Manuals

Buick Encore: Maintenance Schedule

Owner Checks and Services

At Each Fuel Stop

  • Check the engine oil level. See Engine Oil

Once a Month

  • Check the tire inflation pressures. See Tire Pressure
  • Inspect the tires for wear. See Tire Inspection
  • Check the windshield washer fluid level. See Washer Fluid

Engine Oil Change

When the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON DIC message displays, have the engine oil and filter changed within the next 1 000 km/600 mi.

If driven under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate the need for vehicle service for up to a year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and the oil life system must be reset. Your trained dealer technician can perform this work.

If the engine oil life system is reset accidentally, service the vehicle within 5 000 km/3,000 mi since the last service. Reset the oil life system when the oil is changed.

See Engine Oil Life System

Air Conditioning Desiccant (Replace Every Seven Years)

The air conditioning system requires maintenance every seven years.

This service requires replacement of the desiccant to help the longevity and efficient operation of the air conditioning system. This service can be complex. See your dealer.

Tire Rotation and Required Services Every 12 000 km/7,500 mi

Rotate the tires, if recommended for the vehicle, and perform the following services. See Tire Rotation

  • Check engine oil level and oil life percentage. If needed, change engine oil and filter, and reset oil life system. See Engine Oil and Engine Oil Life System
  • Inspect the engine air cleaner filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/ Filter
  • Check engine coolant level. See Cooling System
  • Check windshield washer fluid level. See Washer Fluid
  • Check tire inflation pressures. See Tire Pressure
  • Inspect tire wear. See Tire Inspection
  • Visually check for fluid leaks.
  • Inspect brake system. See Exterior Care
  • Visually inspect steering, suspension, and chassis components for damage, including cracks or tears in the rubber boots, loose or missing parts, or signs of wear at least once a year. See Exterior Care
  • Inspect power steering for proper attachment, connections, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc.
  • Visually inspect halfshafts and drive shafts for excessive wear, lubricant leaks, and/or damage including: tube dents or cracks, constant velocity joint or universal joint looseness, cracked or missing boots, loose or missing boot clamps, center bearing excessive looseness, loose or missing fasteners, and axle seal leaks.
  • Check restraint system components. See Safety System Check
  • Visually inspect fuel system for damage or leaks.
  • Visually inspect exhaust system and nearby heat shields for loose or damaged parts.
  • Lubricate body components. See Exterior Care
  • Check starter switch. See Starter Switch Check
  • Check automatic transmission shift lock control function. See Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check
  • Check parking brake and automatic transmission park mechanism. See Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check
  • Check accelerator pedal for damage, high effort, or binding. Replace if needed.
  • Visually inspect gas strut for signs of wear, cracks, or other damage. Check the hold open ability of the strut. If the hold open is low, service the gas strut. See Gas Strut(s)
  • Inspect sunroof track and seal, if equipped. See Sunroof

Tire Rotation and Required Services Every 12 000 km/7,500 mi

Footnotes - Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services - Normal

1) Or every two years, whichever comes first. More frequent passenger compartment air filter replacement may be needed if driving in areas with heavy traffic, poor air quality, high dust levels, or environmental allergens.

Passenger compartment air filter replacement may also be needed if there is reduced airflow, window fogging, or odors. Your GM dealer can help determine when to replace the filter.

(2) Visually check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper attachment, connection, routing, and condition.

(3) Or every four years, whichever comes first. If driving in dusty conditions, inspect the filter at each oil change or more often as needed.

See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter.

(4) Do not directly power wash the transfer case and/or front/rear axle output seals. High pressure water can overcome the seals and contaminate the transfer case fluid.

Contaminated fluid will decrease the life of the transfer case and/or axles and should be replaced.

(5) Or every five years, whichever comes first. See Cooling System

(6) Or every 10 years, whichever comes first. Inspect for fraying, excessive cracking, or damage; replace, if needed.

(7) Replace brake fluid every five years. See Brake Fluid

(8) Or every 12 months, whichever comes first. See Wiper Blade Replacement

(9) Or every 10 years, whichever comes first. See Gas Strut(s)

(10) Replace air conditioning desiccant every seven years.

Footnotes - Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services - Normal

Footnotes - Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services - Severe

(1) Or every two years, whichever comes first. More frequent passenger compartment air filter replacement may be needed if driving in areas with heavy traffic, poor air quality, high dust levels, or environmental allergens.

Passenger compartment air filter replacement may also be needed if there is reduced airflow, window fogging, or odors. Your GM dealer can help determine when to replace the filter.

(2) Visually check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper attachment, connection, routing, and condition.

(3) Or every four years, whichever comes first. If driving in dusty conditions, inspect the filter at each oil change or more often as needed.

See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter 0 196.

(4) Do not directly power wash the transfer case and/or front/rear axle output seals. High pressure water can overcome the seals and contaminate the transfer case fluid.

Contaminated fluid will decrease the life of the transfer case and/or axles and should be replaced.

(5) Or every five years, whichever comes first. See Cooling System

(6) Or every 10 years, whichever comes first. Inspect for fraying, excessive cracking, or damage; replace, if needed.

(7) Replace brake fluid every five years. See Brake Fluid

(8) Or every 12 months, whichever comes first. See Wiper Blade Replacement

(9) Or every 10 years, whichever comes first. See Gas Strut(s)

(10) Replace air conditioning desiccant every seven years.

Special Application Services

  • Severe Commercial Use Vehicles Only: Lubricate chassis components every oil change.
  • Have underbody flushing service performed. See "Underbody Maintenance" in Exterior Care

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