How to Change the Oil on a 2007 Dodge Caliberby Paul King
The 2007 Dodge Caliber requires that you change the oil and the oil filter regularly to prevent excessive engine wear. Dodge recommends that you perform an oil change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. Under no circumstances should you go more than 6,000 miles between oil changes. Use an API-certified SAE 5W20 oil that meets the Dodge material standard. The automaker recommends MS-6395 oil.
Park the Dodge Caliber on a level and stable surface.
Raise the front of the vehicle with the jack. Make sure there is sufficient room to work comfortably beneath the vehicle.
Lower the Caliber's frame onto the jack stands. Make sure the jack stands are sitting squarely on the ground.
Position the oil drip pan under the oil drain plug located on the bottom of the engine.
Loosen and remove the drain plug carefully. The oil will begin to flow before the plug is completely removed.
Allow the oil to drain for several minutes. Do not reinstall the drain plug until the flow has stopped completely.
Reinstall the drain plug and tighten with the adjustable wrench.
Move the drain pan under the oil filter.
Remove the filter with the oil filter wrench. The used filter is full of dirty oil, so handle it with care.
Install the new filter by hand and tighten it about a 1/4 turn with the filter wrench.
Move the drain pan, the old filter and the tools from under the Caliber. Raise the car above the jack stands. Remove the stands.
Lower the Dodge Caliber back to the ground using the jack. Remove and store away the jack.
Raise the vehicle's hood and prop it open. Remove the oil fill cover from the middle of the engine compartment.
Pour clean oil into the engine using the funnel.
Run the engine for several minutes. Check the oil level using the dipstick. Add more oil as needed.
Dispose of the used oil and filter in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances.
Items you will need
- Jack stands
- Adjustable wrench
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil drip pan
- Oil filter
- 4.5 qts. 5W20 motor oil
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