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Chrysler 200 2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the filter in a 1st generation 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 with the 2.4L I4 engine.

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2013 Chrysler 200 2.4L I4
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Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
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Pull Up Oil Dipstick Handle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Chrysler 200 sedan equipped with the 2.4 liter "World" inline four cylinder engine in changing the motor oil and replacing the canister style oil filter.

Owners of other Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with the 2.4L I4 motor such as the Sebring, Avenger, Caliber, Journey, Jeep Compass and Patriot may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 13mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch basin, a new canister style oil filter, an automotive funnel and 5 U.S. quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers include the following: Mobil 1 M1-113, Purolator L12222, Wix # 57060, Royal Purple 10-48, K&N HP-1017, Fram PH10060, ACDelco PF48, Bosch 3334, Mopar 4892339AA, Pennzoil HPZ-167, Mann ML 1030, Hastings LF636 & Mahle OC 614.

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Raise Vehicle
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Oil Pan & Filter Location
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13mm Oil Drain Bolt
The first three steps are to warm up the engine by running it for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and then turn off the engine.

Warming the engine to near operating temperature 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 both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and lifting up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front passenger side of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay along with the 13mm socket, 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench and a used oil catch container.

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Old Canister Oil Filter
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Used Oil Catch Container
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Loosen Oil Drain Bolt
The oil drain bolt is located at the rear of the black metal oil pan. The canister style filter is located just in front of the oil pan closer to the front of the vehicle.

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

If you want to keep your hands clean, I'd recommend wearing Nitrile rubber gloves.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil 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.



 

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Drain Out Old Oil
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Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
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Move Basin Forward

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

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

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

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20 ft-lbs of torque.

Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the old oil filter.

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Twist Off Old Oil Filter
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Dip Pinky Finger In Oil
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Lubricate Filter O-Ring

Twist off the old oil filter in the counter clockwise direction, turn it over to drain out most of the old oil and then discard it.

If you have trouble turning the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench. I'd recommend the Lisle # 63600 universal filter wrench.

Allow the old oil to drain out of the filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

I'd recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-113 oil filter since it has great reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 5W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring on the filter will help it form a better seal, prevent oil from leaking out, and make it much easier to remove during the next oil change.

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Twist On New Oil Filter
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Lower Car From Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel

Make sure that the rubber o-ring from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Lower the vehicle from the jack stands using the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The 2.4L I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with oil filter replacement is 4.5 U.S. quarts (or 4.4 liters).

Carefully pour in about 4 quarts of the engine's 4.5 quarts total capacity.

It is far better to have a little bit less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may damage seals, gaskets and/or other components.

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Pour In New 5W-20 Oil
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Twist On Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

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

Pull out the yellow handled dipstick and check the engine oil level.

If necessary, pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the line at the top of the "SAFE" cross hatched area.

You may not have to pour in the entire 4 and 1/2 quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Replace the dipstick and make sure that the oil filler cap is on tight.

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records and check your driveway for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the oil drain bolt or the filter.

To reset the "Change Oil" message on the gauges display, follow these steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position but do not start the engine. 2. Depress the Accelerator ("Gas") pedal down 3 times within 10 seconds. 3. Turn off the ignition switch. The "Change Oil" warning light should not be displayed the next time you start the engine.

For more, check out my other Chrysler 200 DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides.
 

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