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Dodge Charger Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 2006 to 2010 Dodge Charger sedan equipped with the 3.5 liter V6 engine.

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Dodge Charger 3.5L V6
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Remove Oil Filler Cap
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Oil Fill Cap Removed

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2006-2010 Dodge Charger sedan with the 3.5L V6 engine in replacing the motor oil and oil filter.

Owners of other Dodge or Chrysler vehicles such as the Magnum, Challenger, 300, Caliber, Journey, Avenger, Nitro, Durango, Grand Caravan, 200 and Town & Country minivan may also find this guide to be useful.

To complete this oil change procedure, you'll need the following items: 6 quarts (5.7 liters) of new 10W-30 oil, a new oil filter, a floor jack, jack stands, a used oil catch container, a 13mm socket or wrench and an automotive funnel.

Some oil filters compatible with the Dodge Charger's 3.5L V6 engine include the following with their respective part numbers: Purolator PL12222, Mobil1 M1-113, Bosch D3334, Fram PH10060, K&N HP-1017 and ACDelco PF1250.

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Engine Oil Pan
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Oil Drain Bolt
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Engine Oil Filter
The first step is to warm up the engine for a few minutes. This will help suspend any contaminants inside the motor within the old oil and allow it to drain out more quickly. Then turn off the engine, pop the hood, and remove the oil filler cap by twisting it counter clockwise.

Raise the passenger side of the car with the floor jack and securely support it with a jack stand (or two jack stands for extra safety). Slide the used oil catch container below the passenger side of the engine and position it underneath the silver metal oil pan.

Use a 13 mm socket with a ratcheting wrench to carefully loosen the oil drain bolt located at the rear edge of the oil pan by turning it counter clockwise until it can be removed.

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Remove 13 MM Drain Bolt
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Drain Out Old Motor Oil
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Twist Off Old Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out of the engine for at least a few minutes before replacing the oil drain bolt by turning it clockwise.

The service manual states that the oil drain bolt should be tightened with a torque wrench to about 20ft lbs. If you don't have a torque wrench, tighten the bolt a 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight. Don't over tighten the bolt which may damage the threads or the oil pan and cause an oil leak.

Move the oil catch container forward to just below the old oil filter. Twist off the old oil filter by hand or use an oil filter wrench to turn it counter clockwise until it can be removed from the engine.



 

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Dip Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Oil Filter O-Ring
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Insert Funnel
Put some new oil on your finger and run it along the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter until it is adequately lubricated. This will help the o-ring to form a better seal which prevents leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Install the new oil filter by turning it clockwise and tighten it to just past hand tight. Don't use the oil filter wrench to tighten the new oil filter since it can damage the filter and cause it to leak.

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Tighten Oil Drain Bolt
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Twist On New Oil Filter
Double check that both the 13 MM oil drain bolt and the new oil filter are adequately tightened before lowering the car from the jack stands.

Insert the automotive funnel into the oil filler hole and pour in about 5 quarts of new oil.  Run the engine for a minute, turn it off, and let it rest for a few minutes before checking the oil level on the dipstick.

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Pour In New Oil
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Oil Level Dipstick
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Check Oil Level
Slowly add the 6th and final quart of new oil and repeatedly check the oil level on the dipstick until it just reaches the "MAX" line. The engine may not need the entire 6 quarts of new oil depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out or the brand of new oil filter.
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Add Oil - Check Again
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Oil Change Complete
Once the oil is at the correct level, remove the funnel and replace the oil filler cap by turning it clockwise.

I'd recommend checking the oil level on the dipstick a few times during the next week and watch your driveway or garage for any drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the oil drain bolt or oil filter. Be sure to record the vehicle's mileage in your maintenance records book.

To reset the oil change indicator light, turn the key in the ignition switch to the "ON" position but don't start the engine. Then fully depress the accelerator pedal three times quickly within 10 seconds. Finally, turn the ignition key to the "OFF" position.

For more, check out my Dodge Charger Maintenance & Repair Guides page.
 

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