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Chrysler 300 3.6L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on the Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine in a 2nd generation 2011-2017 Chrysler 300.

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2016 Chrysler 300 Engine
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Pull Off Plastic Cover
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Engine Cover Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017) Chrysler 300, 300C or 300S sedan in changing the motor oil and replacing the cartridge oil filter in the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 200, Pacifica, Avenger, Charger, Journey, Challenger, Dart, Durango, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, ProMaster, 1500 and C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools 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 24mm socket with a 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch basin, an automotive funnel and 6 U.S. quarts (5.6L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil.


A few compatible aftermarket cartridge style oil filters for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator L36135, Wix 57526, Fram CH10955, Bosch 3335, K&N PS-7025, Pennzoil PZ-180, Valvoline VO-110, Mahle OX 786D, Premium Guard PG6135, Omix-Ada 17436.20 and Hastings LF656.

The 2014, 2015 and 2016 model years of the Chrysler 300 with the updated Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine require different oil filters. The compatible filter part numbers are as follows: Mopar 4892339AA, K&N PS-7026, Fram CH11665, Ecogard X10040, K&N PS-7026, Wix WL10010 and Pentius PCBT4024.

 Warning: Using an oil filter intended for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 model years in a 2014, 2015 or 2016 Chrysler 300 may result in an oil leak. I recommend using the Amazon Part Finder website to make sure you purchase the correct filter.

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Yellow Dipstick - Left Side
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Lift Out An Inch or Two
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Oil Filter Housing
The first three steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the SUV on a level surface and turn off the ignition.

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

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

The plastic engine cover has a round oil filter housing cap access cut out section, but it is easier to just pull off the entire engine cover when performing an oil change. It is held in place by a few rubber friction fasteners.

Set the engine cover aside in a safe place.

Twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled oil level dipstick an inch or two.

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

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Loosen Cap Counterclockwise
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Raise Front of Car
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Oil Filler Cap
Chrysler recommends that the oil filter cap be slightly loosened before removing the oil drain bolt to allow the oil from the filter cavity to fully drain out.

Use a 24mm socket attached to a 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench to turn the oil filter cap one or two turns in the counterclockwise direction.

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

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Spin Off Counterclockwise
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Oil Filler Cap Removed
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Under Engine Cover
If you haven't already done so, spin off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and set it aside in a safe place.

Slide under the engine bay with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

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Remove 10mm Bolts
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Loosen Counterclockwise
The plastic under engine cover (A.K.A. "splash shield" or "skid plate") is held in place by four 10mm bolts.
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3rd Skid Plate Bolt
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Removing 4th Bolt
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Four 10mm Bolts Removed
Remove the four 10mm bolts by turning them counterclockwise and set them aside in a safe place.
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Slide Out Under Engine Cover
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Plastic Service Panel Removed
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Black Metal Oil Pan
Slide the plastic under engine cover towards the rear of the car to disengage it from the underside of the vehicle.

Set the under engine service access panel a foot or two behind the engine bay.

Locate the black metal oil pan. The black metal oil drain bolt is situated on the driver side of the oil pan.

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Drain Bolt - Driver Side
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Used Oil Catch Basin
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Move the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with the 13mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt since the old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

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Drain Out Old Oil
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Tighten 13mm Clockwise
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Replace Plastic Panel
Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to just an occasional drip.

Replace the oil drain bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20-25 lb-ft of torque.

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

Slide the plastic under engine service panel back in to place.



 

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Spin In Four 10mm Bolts
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Tighten Clockwise
Spin in the four 10mm bolts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.
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Tighten the four bolts with the 10mm socket and the 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench in the clockwise direction until they are snug.
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Skid Plate Replaced
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Lower Car From Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Lower the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

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Loosen Oil Filter Cap
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Remove Oil Filter Cap
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Discard Old Filter
Continue turning the oil filter cap in the counterclockwise direction with the 24mm socket and 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench until it can be removed.

Pull out the old oil filter and discard it.

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Oil Filter Housing
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Replace Rubber O-Ring
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Install New Oil Filter
Remove the old rubber o-ring gasket on the threads of the oil filter cap. You may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to gently pry it off.

Lubricate the new rubber o-ring with some new SAE 5W-20 oil. Lubricating the rubber o-ring gasket will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Push the new rubber o-ring in to place on the oil filter cap.

Install the new cartridge oil filter in to the cap. It should "click" securely in to place.

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

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Tighten 24mm Clockwise
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Pour In New SAE 5W-20
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Replace Oil Filler Cap

Tighten the oil filter cap to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past finger tight by turning it clockwise with the 24mm socket and 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

Do not over tighten the oil filter cap to prevent from cracking the plastic body or damaging the rubber o-ring. Damaging the cap or o-ring may lead to an oil leak.

Double check that the oil filter cap is tight before moving on to the next steps.

The Chrysler Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine requires 6 U.S. quarts (5.6 liters) of new SAE 5W-20 oil for an oil change with a filter replacement.

I recommend that you start by only pouring in about 5 to 5 1/2 quarts of the engine's 6 quart total capacity.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to have too much. Over filling with oil and running the engine may cause sluggish performance, damage to seals, gaskets or other components and possibly lead to oil leaks.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push down the yellow handled oil level dipstick.

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Push Down Oil Dipstick
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Check Oil Level
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Replace Dipstick
Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off, and then wait at least 5 to 10 minutes while the new oil drains back down to the oil pan.

Remove the oil dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it, pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until it reaches at or just below the upper metal hole at the end of the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

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.

Replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight and replace the oil level dipstick.

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Lower Engine Cover
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Push Down To Secure
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Engine Oil Change Done

Line up the plastic engine cover and gently push it back down in to place.

Be sure to record the oil change in your vehicle's service records.

It's also a good idea to check your driveway or garage during the next few days for drops of fresh oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the filter housing.

To reset the "change oil" notification or oil life meter, 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 three times within ten seconds. 3. Turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position.

If your Chrysler 300 has the Keyless "Enter-N-Go" (or "Passive Entry") system with the intelligent key fob, follow these steps to reset the oil life: 
1. Without pressing the brake pedal, push the "Start/Stop" button once to set the ignition to "On/Run" but do not start the engine. 2. Push and release the "Down" arrow button to scroll through the menu to "Vehicle Info". 3. Push and release the "Right" arrow to access the "Oil Life" screen. 4. Push and hold the "Right" arrow for at least one second to access the "Oil Life Reset" screen. 5. Push and hold the "Down" arrow button until the screen displays 100% oil life.

For more, check out all of my 2011-2017 Chrysler 300 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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