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1997 Dodge Dakota Oil Specs

by Ana Purna

The Dodge Dakota, available in 2007 with either V-6 or V-8 powerplants, requires regular oil and oil filter changes as part of the pickup's regular maintenance schedule. While most Dakota owners will likely use 10W-40 or 5W-40 oils, depending on the climate, high-performance brands -- such as those designed for high-mileage vehicles -- or synthetic oils are also compatible.

Viscosity

A motor oil's viscosity rating refers to the oil's ability to flow at extreme temperatures. An oil with a variable viscosity rating of 10W-40 is typical for the 1997 Dodge Dakota. Some drivers in colder climates will change to a 5w oil in the cold months for better viscosity and lubrication at the lower temperatures.

Quantity

The 1997 Dodge Dakota will require between three and a half to four and a half quarts of oil to run smoothly. When refilling an empty engine, pour three and a half quarts in to start, and check the level with the dipstick. Follow with a quart to half a quart until it is full. Occasionally, a new filter will slightly alter the oil capacity of your truck.

Other Oil Options

Some drivers prefer to use synthetic or partly synthetic oils. These oils are thin, and thus flow more easily. They also have additives that can seal small cracks and ease minor oil leaks -- ideal for vehicles that have been driven for more than 75,000 miles. Depending on the 1997 Dakota's mileage, a synthetic or part synthetic oil blend from AMSOIL is applicable.

About the Author

Ana Purna has covered outdoor adventure, travel, health and fitness for a variety of publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on the websites FeministReview and PaperDolls. Purna is a writer and radio producer in Texas who graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

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