How to Do an Oil Change on Dodge Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Dodge car Ram Dodge car is a large work truck that the average owner will put through a lot of hard work. The oil in the Dodge car should be changed frequently to prevent blockage and to ensure smooth operation. Also, changing the oil frequently greatly improves gas mileage. The Dodge car requires a lot of oil so it should be able to go two to four months between changes. To save time and money, the oil change can be performed at home, with a little bit of patience.

Under The Hood:

 How to Do an Oil Change on a 2003 Durango

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.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Two jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet

  • 5/8 socket

  • Oil filter remover

  • New oil filter

  • 5 quarts 10W40 engine oil

 How to Do an Oil Change on a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T

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.

Items you will need

  • Ramps or floor jack

  • 2 Jack stands if using floor jack

  • Oil drain pan

  • Rags

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Oil filter

  • Socket wrench set

  • Funnel

  • Seven quarts of oil

 How to Do an Oil Change in a 2009 Dodge Challenger

Park the car on a flat and level surface. Open the hood for access to the engine compartment. Locate the oil cap on the top of the engine and twist it counterclockwise to remove it. Place it to the side.

Locate the splash shield directly under the car. Unbolt the four bolts on each corner with a socket wrench. Place the splash shield to the side.

Place a drain pan underneath the engine. Unscrew the drain plug from the bottom of the car's oil pan.

Allow all the oil to drain. Screw the drain plug back in with the socket wrench.

Unscrew the oil filter with a filter wrench. The filter is in front of the engine. Place the old filter with the waste engine oil. Pour fresh engine oil in to the filter and spread some oil on the gasket at the top of the filter. Screw the new filter on by hand.

Bolt the splash shield back on under the engine. Tighten the four bolts with a socket wrench.

Pour six quarts of oil in to the engine. The oil needs to be poured where the cap was removed.

Pull the engine oil dipstick located next to the engine and wipe it with a fresh rag. Insert the dipstick back in to the dipstick tube and pull it back out. Verify the level of the oil by where it stops on the dipstick. If it is below the full line, fill at half quart intervals. Repeat this step until the oil is on the full mark. Screw on the oil cap.

Start the car and allow it to idle. Let it run for five minutes. Turn the car off and check the oil again. If it is low, fill until the dipstick reads full.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Drain pan

  • Rag

  • 7 quarts of engine oil

  • Oil filter

 How to Change Oil in a 2005 Dodge Durango

Set the wheel ramps in front of the the vehicle and drive it on them to make underneath access easier. The Durango has sufficient space to change the oil without raising the vehicle, but the ramps will make the process easier.

Remove the oil filter from the Durango and set it upside down in the drain pan to discharge. Oil filters are usually easily removed with your hand, but you may want to use a towel to get a good grip.

Place the drain pan underneath the drain plug on the engine oil pan. Use the socket wrench to remove the drain plug, turning it counterclockwise. Be careful when the plug comes out; oil will gush out initially.

Allow the engine to drain for a minimum of 10 minutes. Replace the drain plug and attach the new oil filter by hand.

Lower the vehicle from the wheel ramps. Add engine oil through the valve cover oil cap using a funnel; 3.7-liter engines require 5 qt., 4.7-liter engines 6 qt. and 5.7-liter engines 7 qt. Do not overfill the engine with oil.

Items you will need

  • Wheel ramps (optional)

  • Oil filter

  • Drain pan

  • Socket wrench

  • Funnel

  • 7 qt. of 5W-20 (3.7/4.7-liter engine) or 5W-30 engine oil (5.7-liter engine)

 How to Change the Oil on a 2007 Dodge Caliber

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

  • Jack stands

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Oil drip pan

  • Funnel

  • Rags

  • Oil filter

  • 4.5 qts. 5W20 motor oil

 How to Change the Oil in a Dodge 3500

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.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Large drip pan

  • Funnel

  • Shop rags

  • Replacement filter

 How to Change the Oil in a Dodge Viper

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.

Items you will need

  • Wheel chocks

  • Low-profile floor jack

  • Low-profile jack stands

  • Empty container

  • Socket wrench

  • Paper towels

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil in a Challenger SRT

Park the Challenger on a level surface. Lift the hood and prop it open.

Unscrew the oil cap on the top of the engine and place it to the side. This will help the oil flow when the drain plug is removed.

Detach the four bolts securing the splash guard under the car, using a socket wrench.

Slide a drain pan under the engine. Unscrew the drain plug and allow the oil to flow into the pan. Reinsert the drain plug when the oil has finished draining.

Unscrew the oil filter at the front of the engine with an oil filter wrench. Place it in the drain pan with the waste oil. Spread a small amount of clean oil around the gasket on the top of the new filter. Screw the filter onto the oil filter housing by hand. Never tighten an oil filter with a wrench, as this could strip the threads of the filter or the filter assembly.

Bolt the splash guard back on the car with a socket wrench.

Pour five quarts of motor oil into the oil fill hole. Pull the dipstick out of its tube. Wipe it clean with a rag and reinsert it. Pull the dipstick back out and check the oil level. If it registers less than full, add oil in half-quart increments until the dipstick reaches the full mark.

Start the engine and allow it to idle for five minutes. Turn the engine off and allow it to sit for five minutes. Check the oil level and fill if necessary.

Reattach the oil filler cap securely. Reinsert the dipstick in the tube. Close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Drain pan

  • Oil filter

  • 6 qts. motor oil

  • Rag

 How to Change the Oil in a 5.7 Hemi

Removing the Old Engine Oil

Locate the drain pan underneath the motor. The drain plug will be at the very bottom of the drain pan.

Place a pan underneath the motor to catch all the oil from the motor. The pan will need to be big enough to catch six quarts.

Open the drain plug with a crescent wrench. Take the plug out completely.

Allow the oil to drain into the pan. Locate the oil filter while the oil is draining.

Unscrew the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Place the filter in the pan with the dirty oil.

Tighten the drain plug back onto the motor with the crescent wrench. Do not overtighten as this will strip the threads in the drain pan.

Adding the New Engine Oil

Rub motor oil on the gasket of the new filter. This will lubricate the filter and make it easier to install and remove later on. Fill the oil filter with motor oil

Tighten the oil filter by hand to the oil filter housing. Do not tighten the oil filter with a wrench as this will strip the threads in the filter and the housing.

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. The oil cap is located on the crankcase. The oil cap will be the color yellow.

Unscrew the cap and pour in six quarts of oil. Check the oil level by pulling out the engine oil dipstick. The dipstick will be next to the crankcase.

Pour the oil in half quart increments until the level is full. Check the dipstick after pouring the oil into the crankcase.

Start the vehicle and allow it to run for a few minutes. This will circulate the oil. Turn the motor off and wait 10 minutes. Check the oil once again to ensure the proper level.

Items you will need

  • Crescent wrench

  • Empty pan

  • Oil filter wrench

  • 7 quarts of engine oil

  • New oil filter

 How to Change the Oil on a Dodge Ram 2500

Instructions

The engine should be warm, but not hot. If it's too hot, the oil may burn you; if too cold, the oil won't drain as quickly or thoroughly.

If you can't fit underneath your Dodge Ram 2500, which gives a good amount of room underneath the vehicle, jack the truck up using a jack and jack stands.

Put on the plastic gloves and slide underneath the truck and locate the oil pan, at the bottom of the engine. Find the oil drain plug, at the lowest point of the oil pan.

Place the drain pan underneath the drain plug and unscrew the plug using a box wrench. Set the drain plug somewhere it won't get dirty while the oil drains. When the oil has drained, replace the plug. Do not overtighten.

Move the drain pan under the filter. Slip the filter tool around the girth of the cylindrical oil filter, tighten the tool, and twist it counterclockwise until the filter turns easily enough to remove with your hand. The filter will be full of oil. Place it upside down in the drain pan to allow it to empty.

Compare the old oil filter to the new one, ensuring that threaded hole and rubber gasket are the same size as the old one. Rub a coating of oil on the rubber gasket of the new filter using your finger. Screw the new filter onto the vehicle where the old filter was using your hand, turning clockwise until the gasket makes contact with the engine, and then turn an additional 3/4 turn.

Open the hood and unscrew the motor oil placement cap. Insert a clean funnel into the tube, and pour in 5 quarts of new motor oil.

Start the engine and wait a minute. Turn the turn off and wait another two minutes, then check the dipstick to check the oil level. Not running the engine first will result in a false reading. The dipstick should show oil near the "Full" mark on the head of the stick. Add oil as necessary, but do not overfill. Return the dipstick and tighten the motor oil cap back on.

Items you will need

  • Replacement Oil

  • Oil Filter Wrench

  • Funnel

  • Box wrench set

  • Oil drain pan

  • Plastic Gloves

 How to Change the Oil in a 330 Cummings Diesel Engine

Park the truck. Park the truck on a clear area that is level. Set the parking brake. Let the engine cool.

Place the bucket beneath the oil drain plug. The oil drain plug is located on the underside of the engine on the driver's side, slightly behind the driver's side wheel well.

Loosen the oil drain plug. To loosen the plug, use the socket wrench and turn the plug until the oil starts to drain into the bucket.

Remove the air intake hose. The air intake hose is located on the upper side of the engine on the driver's side. It is a foot-long piece of 6 inch diameter hose. The clamps on either end can be removed by loosening the bolts with the screwdriver.

Place the plastic bag beneath the oil filter. The oil filter is the 4- to 8-inch-long 4-inch diameter cylinder just underneath where the intake hose was.

Remove the oil filter. The oil filter can be removed using the oil filter wrench. The filter wrench slips over the the filter and tightens.

Fill the new filter with oil. Do not allow any foreign matter to get into the new filter, this can damage the engine once it is installed.

Attach the new filter.

Tighten the drain plug. Do not forget this step and do not add oil to the engine until this is tightened.

Add the new oil. Most 330 Cummings engines require 11 quarts of 15w-40 oil.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench with extension

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Plastic bag

  • Bucket/ oil pan (3 gallon minimum)

  • New oil filter

  • New oil

 How to Change the Oil in a Dodge Cummins Diesel Truck

Operate vehicle and allow engine to reach normal operating temperature. Park vehicle and engage the parking brake. Chock the tires, open the hood and loosen the oil filler cap.

Slide the cardboard under the engine. Position the drain pan under the oil pan drain. Wipe any debris from the drain plug area and, using the 3/8 inch drive, remove the oil drain plug. Let the oil drain completely. Wipe off the drain plug area again, then reinstall the drain plug. Torque the drain plug to 37 foot-pounds.

Prepare to remove the oil filter by removing the turbo inlet hose/air filter cover. Take the screwdriver and loosen the band clamp at the turbo inlet. Unsnap the clips on the air filter cover and remove the complete assembly. Cover the turbo inlet with a clean rag.

Unscrew the oil filter with the wrench. Proceed slowly and lower the filter, keeping the filter upright so there is no oil spillage. Lubricate seal and install the new filter. Reinstall the turbo inlet hose/air filter cover. Remember to remove rag from turbo.

Pour new oil into the engine until the dipstick shows about 3/4 full. Start engine and make sure oil pressure rises after a few seconds. Let engine run for a couple of minutes. Shut down engine and let oil drain back into the pan, then check the oil level. Add remaining oil till the dipstick indicates the correct level. Reinstall filler cap.

Items you will need

  • 3 gallons of oil

  • Oil filter

  • Drain pan with a 3-gallon capacity

  • 3/8 inch ratchet or breaker bar

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Large flat screwdriver

  • Large piece of cardboard

  • Cleanup rags

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