How to Do an Oil Change on a 2003 Durangoby Robert Good
The 2003 Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV with a V8 engine and holds 4 1/2 quarts 10W40 engine oil. The oil pan is located on the bottom of the engine. The oil filter also will need to be changed during this process. The oil filter is on the right side of the oil pan and looks like a metal can. Most Dodge Durango owners will be able to complete this process in about 20 minutes.
Raise the front of the 2003 Dodge Durango off the ground using the jack and rest the Dodge on the two jack stands.
Place the drain pan under the oil pan and remove the plug from the bottom of the oil pan using the 5/8 socket and ratchet.
Replace the plug to the bottom of the oil pan once the oil has completely drained into the drain container. Place the oil filter remover around the oil filter and turn the oil filter remover in a counterclockwise motion to remove the filter from the engine.
Fill the new oil filter with engine oil (about 1/2 quart) and screw it back onto the engine using your hand. Remove the drain pan from under the Durango. Remove the jack stands, then use the jack to lower the Durango down to the ground.
Open the hood and remove the black cap that says "OIL." Pour 4 1/2 quarts of engine oil into the engine. Replace the cap and close the hood.
- "Dodge Durango & Dakota Pick-ups: Durango 2000 thru 2003 Dakota 2000 thru 2004 (Hayne's Automotive Repair Manual)"; Ken Freund; 2008
Things You'll Need
- Two jack stands
- Drain pan
- 5/8 socket
- Oil filter remover
- New oil filter
- 5 quarts 10W40 engine oil
Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.