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Dodge Avenger 2.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 2011 to 2014 Dodge Avenger with the Chrysler GEMA 2.4L I4 World Engine.

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2012 Avenger 2.4L I4 Engine
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Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
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Pull Up Yellow Dipstick

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the updated (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) Dodge Avenger sedan in changing the motor oil and replacing the canister oil filter in the Chrysler GEMA 2.4L I4 World Engine.

Owners of other Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with the 2.4L I4 motor such as the Sebring, 200, Caliber, Journey, Jeep Compass and Patriot may also find these DIY oil change instructions to be helpful.

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

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

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Raise Front Passenger Side
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Oil Pan & Canister Filter
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13mm Oil Drain Bolt
The first three steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and shut 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.

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

Pop open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled dipstick a few inches.

Removing the oil filler cap and lifting up the dipstick will 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 two jack stands.

Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay with the 13mm socket, ratcheting wrench and used oil catch container.

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Oil Filter Location
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Loosen Oil Drain Bolt
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Used Oil Catch Basin
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.

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

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it in the counter clockwise 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.

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.



 

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Replace Oil Drain Bolt
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Slide Catch Basin Forward
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Spin Off Old Oil Filter
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.

Twist off the old oil filter in the counter clockwise direction and discard it.

If you have trouble turning the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

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Dip Pinky Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Spin On New Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out of the filter receptacle for a few minutes.

I'd recommend buying either the Mobil 1 M1-113 or the Royal Purple 10-48 oil filters since they have the best 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 new filter will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks, and make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

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.

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Lower Car From Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New 5W-20 Oil
Lower the vehicle from the jack stands and 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 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 slightly 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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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Replace Dipstick
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

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

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

If necessary, slowly 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 need 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 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 Dodge Avenger Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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