How to Do an Oil Change on a 2006 Dodge Charger R/Tby Chester Rockwell
Changing the oil on your Dodge Charger R/T is a straightforward procedure that requires minimal tools and minimal mechanical knowledge. Performing an oil change is among the easiest maintenance activities you can do yourself. Changing your oil at regular intervals as suggested by your owner's manual can go a long way toward extending your engine's longevity, performance and fuel efficiency.
Drive your Charger on to the ramps to raise the front end of the car and pop your hood. If using a floor jack, use the jack to raise the car and position jack stands under the car's jack points behind each front wheel to support the car.
Remove the oil filler neck cap from the engine bay and place it aside.
Position the oil drain pan underneath the oil filter.
Unscrew the oil filter with the oil filter wrench. The filter is next to the oil pan. Place the old filter into the drain pan.
Lubricate the rubber gasket on the new filter with a thin coating of oil and screw it into place. Do not use the wrench, but hand tighten it. Once the gasket comes into contact with the engine, turn the filter three-quarter turn more. Any more, and you could split the gasket.
Locate the oil drain plug at the side of your oil pan and position the oil drain pan underneath it.
Loosen and remove the oil drain plug, using the appropriate socket. Have the rag handy. Put the plug someplace where it won't get dirty.
Wait for the oil to drain completely. Reinstall the oil drain plug. Do not over-tighten.
Insert the plastic funnel into the oil filler neck and slowly pour in all seven qts. of oil.
Lower the car to the ground.
Put the oil filler neck cap back on.
Start the engine and let it idle for two minutes. Turn the engine off and wait two minutes. Check the oil level with the dipstick. Check the filter and drain plug for leaks.
- Check your owner's manual for the type and grade of oil. This will depend on the engine, climate and driving conditions.
Things You'll Need
- Ramps or floor jack
- 2 Jack stands if using floor jack
- Oil drain pan
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil filter
- Socket wrench set
- Seven quarts of oil
Chester Rockwell began his professional writing career in 2003, as a beat writer for local publications and an analyst for market research firms. His writing in business and efforts as a publicist have been recognized in outlets such as Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, "WIRED" and "BusinessWeek," among other publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.