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Dodge Dart 2.0L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the filter in a 2013 to 2016 Dodge Dart with the Tigershark 2.0L I4 engine.

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2013 Dart 2.0L I4 Engine
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Oil Filler Cap
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dodge Dart in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Tigershark 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Avenger, Charger, Journey, Challenger, Durango, Grand Caravan, and Ram C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a large flathead screwdriver, a 13mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, an automotive funnel and 5 U.S. quarts (4.7 liters) of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil1 M1-113, Fram PH10060, Royal Purple 10-48, Bosch 3334, Wix 57060, ACDelco PF48E, Purolator PSL12222, Pennzoil PZ-167 and Mann-Filter ML 1030.

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Lift Up Oil Dipstick
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Raise Front of Car
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Under Engine Cover
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and 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 both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift up the oil dipstick an inch or two.

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

Raise the front of the car with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

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Oil Drain Bolt
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Old Oil Filter
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Used Oil Catch Container
Slide under the engine bay with the used oil catch basin, a 13mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

On this 2013 Dart SXT the plastic access covers for the oil drain bolt and oil filter are missing.

If your Dart is still equipped with the plastic access panels, unlock them by rotating the plastic latch 1/4 turn counterclockwise with a large flathead screwdriver.

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

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Loosen Oil Drain Bolt
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Drain Out Old Oil
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Tighten Oil Drain Bolt
Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 13mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

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

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

You can purchase new crush washers at your Dodge / Chrysler / Jeep dealership or at most auto parts stores.

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



 

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Slide Basin Forward
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Spin Off Old Oil Filter
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Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the oil filter.

Spin off the oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

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

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

I'd recommend buying the Mobil1 M1-113 oil filter since it has great reviews on Amazon.

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Dip Pinky Finger In Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Spin On New Oil Filter
Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 0W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the o-ring will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also making it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber o-ring from the old 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 the 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 SAE 0W-20
Use the floor jack to carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands.

Place the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The Tigershark 2.0L VVT I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 5 U.S. quarts (4.7 Liters).

(The capacity for the 1.4L engine is 4 quarts or 3.8L and the capacity for the 2.4L I4 engine is 5 quarts or 4.7L.)

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it.

Running an engine that has been over filled with oil may cause sluggish performance, low fuel economy (mpg) and may cause damage to seals, gaskets or other components.

I'd recommend only pouring in about 4 to 4.5 quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Oil Change Complete
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

Start the engine and allow it to run for at least a few minutes.

Then turn off the engine and allow the oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

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

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper hatched area on the end of the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Max" (maximum) line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 5 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil to reach the maximum level on the dipstick 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 vehicle's service records and check your driveway, garage or parking spot for fresh oil drops during the next few days. Oil drops might indicate a loose drain bolt or filter housing.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Dodge Dart DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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