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How to Change the Oil in a Dodge Viper

by Ryan Bauer

A constant supply of fresh oil is essential to ensuring the proper long-term operation of the Dodge Viper's massive 8.0L V10 engine. The engine is no longer protected as the oil ages and loses its lubricating properties. Additionally, the filter can only hold so much debris, so after a period of time the oil will become saturated with contaminants that will eat away at the metal of the engine. Changing the oil routinely is an easy way to keep your car in tip-top condition.

Apply the parking brake and put the transmission into first gear or "Park." Chock the rear wheels with wheel blocks. Roll a low-profile floor jack under the front frame and lift the Viper until there is enough room to work underneath the vehicle.

Place a jack stand on each side of the frame. Lower the jack until the stands are supporting the Viper's weight, but leave the jack in place for additional support.

Position an empty container under the oil pan. Ensure the container is capable of comfortably holding at least 8 quarts of fluid. Use a socket wrench to remove the oil plug and allow the oil to pour out until the flow completely stops. Replace the plug.

Remove the oil filter. Place a wad of paper towels under the filter as it is being unscrewed to catch any stray oil drops that may escape. Replace the filter with a new one, turning it by hand until it's tight.

Open the hood and remove the oil cap on top of the engine. Place a funnel in the opening and fill with 8 quarts of 5W-30 oil. Replace the cap, remove the jack stands, and lower the Viper to the ground.

Write down the current vehicle mileage and date so that you'll know when it's time to change the oil in the future. Take the old oil to a qualified disposal site. Most garages are required to dispose of motor oil for free.

Tip

  • Warming up the engine for 5 minutes before beginning will allow the oil to flow out more quickly.

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About the Author

Ryan Bauer is a freelance writer located in Ozark, Missouri. He has written numerous articles and books, including "How to Improve Your Credit Score 100 Points in 100 Days." Bauer is an experienced automotive mechanic and computer technician.

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