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How to Change the Oil in a Dodge 3500

by Paul King

Dodge Ram 3500 pickup trucks require regular oil changes to maintain proper engine performance and longevity. Dodge 3500s have been produced since 1981. Over the years, they have been available with a number of different engines. Choosing the correct replacement filter and oil will depend on exactly which power plant your truck comes with. Refer to your owners manual for exact manufacturer's recommendations.

Preparations & Safety

Collect all tools and supplies needed to complete the oil change prior to starting.

Locate a safe place to complete the oil change. The location should be firm and level. Paved or concrete areas are ideal.

In cold climates, you should run the engine for a while before starting the oil change. Warm oil drains more quickly than cold. Be careful when working on a warm engine. Exhaust pipes can heat up quickly and pose a serious burn threat.

Make sure the truck's parking brake is engaged.

Using the jack, raise the truck's front end far enough to allow clearance for you to work underneath the truck.

Place the jack stands on a level surface under the truck's frame. Adjust the truck's height as needed to assure that the frame is in contact with the top of the jack stands.

Removing the Used Oil and Filter

Find the drain plug located on the oil pan at the bottom of the engine.

Place the large drain pan beneath the drain plug. Make certain that the drain pan's volume is sufficient to hold all of the oil that your truck's engine contains.

Remove the drain plug with the adjustable wrench.

Let the oil drain until the flow stops completely.

Use the adjustable wrench to reinstall the drain plug.

Move the drain pan beneath the oil filter.

Use the filter wrench to remove the used filter. Be careful handling the used filter. It contains a significant amount of dirty oil.

Install Replacement Filter and New Oil

Install the replacement filter and carefully tighten it, using the filter wrench.

Remove all tools, used oil and jack stands from underneath the truck.

Lower the truck to the ground, using the jack.

Lift the truck's hood and remove the cap from the oil fill hole located on one of the valve covers.

Use the funnel to add the amount of fresh oil recommended by your truck's owners manual.

Run the truck's engine for several minutes and check the oil level, using the dipstick. Adjust the oil level as necessary to keep the level within the safe zone displayed on the dipstick

Dispose of the used oil and filter in a manner consistent with local law.

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About the Author

Paul King has worked as a freelance writer since 2009. His work appears on various websites, covering a wide variety of topics. King is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Northwest Florida State College.

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