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Dodge Charger Pentastar 3.6L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the cartridge filter in a 7th generation 2011-2014 Dodge Charger with the 3.6L V6.

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2014 Charger 3.6L V6
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Oil Filler Cap SAE 5W-20
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & possibly also the revised 2015) Dodge Charger sedan in changing the motor oil and replacing the cartridge style oil filter in the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Volkswagen, Lancia or Fiat vehicles equipped with the Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine such as the Avenger, Challenger, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Grand Cherokee, 200, 300, Town & Country, Routan, Freemont, Wrangler, Voyager, Thema, 1500 and ProMaster may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench, a 13mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, a 24mm socket with a 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench, an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 6 quarts (or 5.6L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil.

A few compatible replacement cartridge style oil filters for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 model years with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator L36135, Fram CH10955, Wix 57526, Bosch 3335, Hastings LF656, Pennzoil PZ-180, Mahle OX 768D, Pentius PCB10955, ACDelco PF100G, Beck Arnley 041-0865, Ecogard X6135 and Valvoline # VO-110.

The 2014 model year and possibly also the new revised 2015 model year of the Dodge Charger with the updated Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine require different oil filters. The compatible filter part numbers are as follows: Mopar # 68191349AA (or "MO-349"), Fram CH11665, Wix # WL10010, Ecogard X10040, K&N PS-7026 and Pentius PCBT4024.

Warning: Using an oil filter intended for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 model years in a 2014 or 2015 Charger may result in an oil leak.

If you have a newer 2014 or 2015 Charger, please buy one of the compatible filters listed above.

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Pull Up Oil Dipstick
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Raise Front of Vehicle
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Under Engine Cover
The first several steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes to near normal operating temperature, park the Charger on a level surface, and then turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels with blocks on both sides to prevent the car from moving.

Then twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled engine oil level dipstick an inch or two. Removing the filler cap and lifting up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Update - The service manual recommends that you loosen or remove the oil filter cap before draining the oil to allow the old oil from the oil filter cavity to drain down to the sump. If you don't remove the oil filter cap before draining the old oil, all of the old oil will not be removed from the engine. (See the steps for removing the oil filter cap further down the page.)

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands. I mistakenly raised the passenger side of the car when the oil drain bolt is located closer to the driver side.

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Remove For Oil Service
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Loosen 10mm Bolts
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10mm Screw Removed
Slide under the engine with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Remove the four 10mm screws holding the black plastic under engine cover (A.K.A. "skid plate or "splash guard") by turning them counterclockwise.

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Remove Other 10mm Screws
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Set the four screws aside in a safe place.
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Four 10mm Screws Removed
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Pull Off Plastic Splash Guard
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Under Engine Cover Removed
Carefully pull off the under engine cover and set it aside in a safe place.
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Black Metal Oil Pan
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Oil Drain Bolt - Driver Side
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Used Oil Catch Basin
The oil drain bolt is located on the driver's side of the black metal oil pan.

Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt.

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Loosen 13mm Oil Drain Bolt
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Drain Out Old Oil
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Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
Be careful when you remove the drain bolt since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine in the first step.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 13mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the drain bolt is equipped with a washer, inspect it and replace it with a new washer if necessary.

Re-insert the drain bolt and spin it in a few turns in the clockwise direction by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the drain bolt by turning it clockwise with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20 ft-lbs of torque. Try to avoid over tightening the drain bolt to avoid damaging the aluminum threads which could lead to an oil leak.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Line Up Engine Splash Guard
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Re-Insert 10mm Bolts
Line up the under engine cover and re-insert the four 10mm bolts.



 

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Tighten Clockwise
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Four Screws Tightened
Tighten the under engine cover screws by rotating them clockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
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Lower Car From Stands
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Oil Filter Housing Location
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Pull Off Plastic Engine Cover
Lower the car from the jack stands using the floor jack.

The oil filter housing and cap are located near the front middle of the plastic engine cover just behind the air intake hose.

Pull off the plastic engine cover for easier access to the oil filter cap.

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Loosen With 24mm Socket
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Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Filter
Loosen the oil filter cap by turning it counterclockwise with the 24mm socket and 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

Spin out the filter cap the rest of the way by hand.

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Remove Filter From Cap
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Old Cartridge Filter Removed
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Remove Old O-Ring
Carefully pull out the old filter from the plastic cap while trying to avoid dripping oil on the engine.

Pry off the old rubber o-ring gasket from the plastic filter cap with your finger nail or a small flathead screwdriver.

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Replace Rubber Gasket
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Spin In New Filter & Cap
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Tighten Cap Clockwise
Lightly lubricate the new rubber o-ring gasket with some new SAE 5W-20 oil.

Lubricating the o-ring will help it form a better seal and make the cap easier to remove during the next oil change.

Install the new o-ring at the top of the threads on the filter cap.

Push the new cartridge oil filter in to the top of the filter cap until it clicks securely in to place.

Insert the new filter in to the housing and rotate the cap clockwise. Spin in the filter cap a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil filter cap to just past hand tight by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 24mm socket and 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

Do not over tighten the oil filter to prevent from cracking the plastic housing.

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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New SAE 5W-20
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Twist On Oil Filler Cap
Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole and only pour in about 5 to 5 and 1/2 quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil.

The engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 6 U.S. quarts (or 5.6 liters).

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than too much.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the yellow plastic handled dipstick.

Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off, and allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Re-Insert Oil Dipstick
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3.6L V6 Oil & Filter Replaced
Check the oil level on the dipstick and, if necessary, slowly pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level until it reaches at or just below the top of the crosshatched area.

You may not need to pour in all 6 quarts of the engine's total capacity depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Twist on the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight and replace the oil level dipstick.

Replace the top half of the air filter box and secure the three metal latches.

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records. It's also a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot during the next few days for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or filter cap.

To reset the "change oil" notification, follow these steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On/Run" position but do not start the engine. 2. Fully press down the gas pedal slowly three times within ten seconds. 3. Turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position.

If your Charger has the Keyless "Enter-N-Go" system with the push button Start feature, follow these steps: 1. Press the "Start/Stop" button without pressing the brake pedal and do not start the engine. 2. Fully press down the gas pedal three times in 10 seconds. 3. With the brake pedal released, push the "Start/Stop" button once to turn off the vehicle.

For more, check out my other 2011-2014 Dodge Charger DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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