What Is Code 82 On Chevy Sonic And How To Fix It

by Carmen PickelJune 24, 2022
Chevy Sonic

Greetings, Chevy family! The topic of today's discussion is the Chevy Sonic, which can show error codes on the dashboard. We'd like to tell you about this code to inform you how to reset it. This post will discuss some questions regarding Sonic oil and error codes. 

Why Does The Chevy Sonic Have A Code 82?

So what does code 82 mean on a Chevy Sonic? If your Chevrolet Sonic starts blinking the Code 82 light, there is no need to panic as it is merely a part of your car's safety feature that reminds you that the level of oil is low and you need to change your engine oil to avoid engine damage. Although the light will continue to flash even after you've changed your oil after your recent trip to the oil shop, you shouldn't be alarmed. There is only one way to get rid of this meter/light: resetting it.

What To Do If The Chevy Sonic Has A Code 82

This section aims to teach you how to reset the engine code for low oil after the engine oil has been changed to get rid of the check engine light error. Even if you don't record your mileage, you should always do so and change the oil between the time intervals of every year and 5,000 miles. That being said, let us show you how you can go ahead and reset your oil light.

Turn The Key On With The Engine Off

In this case, we are not going to start up the vehicle. If the vehicle has an ignition button, hold the start button for about 5 seconds with your foot off the brake when the vehicle has an ignition switch.


You will see that you will be able to see the oil can symbol on your screen after you press the menu button one time. If you see another option, such as tire learn or unit, you can use your thumbwheel to scroll over the available options until the oil can symbol appears.

Push And Hold The SET/CLR Button

When you reach this area, you need to hold down the SET/CLR button (reset button) on the end of the lever for about three seconds, then it beeps, and it goes to 100%.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are a few common questions about engine oil and warning lights that we frequently encounter.

What type of oil should I use for my Chevy Sonic?

The engine oil in Chevy Sonic is SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade and meets DEXOS1 requirements. The SAE 0W-20 viscosity grade oil is recommended if you live in a cold climate that drops below -29°C.

What is the Chevy Sonic’s Engine Oil Capacity?

The engine oil capacity of your vehicle tells you how much oil your engine requires for smooth operation. Engines with 1.4L and 1.8L L4 engines hold 4.2 and 4.8 quarts of oil, respectively.

What is code 89 for Chevy Sonic?

Code 89 on the dashboard indicates that the vehicle's cooling system is malfunctioning. There may be an obstruction or stuck thermostat, which controls the car's temperature. Therefore, it needs to be replaced.

What is code 84 for Chevy Sonic?

Code 84 indicates that engine power has been reduced. This code usually results from a problem with the throttle body. A technician should check it out to ensure it isn't something as simple as a loose hose or an out-of-order sensor.

Final Words

Following the process detailed above will eliminate your 82 code, essentially a reminder for an oil change. Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions in the comments section below. In addition, please don't forget to share our content on your social media channels if you find it interesting. 

Are you interested in learning more about cars and their maintenance? Head over to the KeepDriving website and check out our blog post on how much car repair should cost.

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