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Dodge Charger: Oil Type, Capacity & Weight (Explained)

On this blog, we have written extensively about the Dodge Charger, its capabilities, and maintenance. Today we discuss the oil of the Charger. Let’s start with a quick answer:

For all Dodge Chargers produced between 2005 – Present-day with a 2.7L, 3.6L, or 5.7L engine, API-certified recommended engine oils include: Mopar MaxPro SAE 5W-20, Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-20 and, Shell Helix Ultra 5W-20. For the 2005 – 2010 Charger with 3.5L engine, API-certified recommended engine oils include: Pennzoil SAE 10W-30 and Shell Conventional 10W-30.

For Dodge Hellcats with a 6.4L engine Dodge recommends synthetic API-certified engine oils such as Pennzoil Ultra Platinum SAE 0W-40 or Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40.

However, that doesn’t answer the question fully. Each generation has its own specific needs and limitations. Furthermore, you also need to know the weight of the oil, the capacity, how to check the engine oil level, and how to refill it. We’ll discuss all of this in this blog, so read on!

Also read: What Gas Does A Dodge Charger Take?

What’s The Oil Weight Of A Dodge Charger?

For the 2.7L, 3.6L, and 5.7L Dodge Chargers produced between 2005 – Present-day, Dodge recommends an oil viscosity of 5W-20 SAE. For the 2010 – 2015, 3.6L Charger 5W-30 may also be used when 5W-20 is not available. For the 2005 – 2010, Charger engine oils with a viscosity of 10W-30 SAE must be used. These recommendations include use in all temperatures.

For the 6.4L Hellcat Dodge recommends an oil viscosity of 0W-40.

If you’re interested in buying new engine oil for your Dodge Charger we’ve made a clear overview for you below. All these links will refer you to Amazon where you can buy the selected engine oils:

  • 2.7L, 3.6L or 5.7L engine: click here for Mopar MaxPro SAE 5W-20
  • 3.5L engine: click here for Pennzoil SAE 10W-30
  • 6.4L engine: click here for Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40

Talking about weight, in one of our earlier blog posts we wrote about the weight of a 2006 – 2021 Dodge Charger!

What’s The Oil Capacity Of A Dodge Charger?

The 2.7L, 3.5L, and 3.6L Dodge Chargers manufactured from 2005 onwards have an oil capacity of 6 quarts (5.7 liters) with the engine oil filter. The 5.7L engines have an oil capacity of 7 quarts (6.6 liters) with the engine oil filter.

When To Change The Oil Of A Dodge Charger?

American/Canadian-made Chargers built between 2005 – 2010 should have their oil changed every 6.000 miles (10.000 kilometers) or every 6 months, whichever comes first. When it’s time to change the oil, the dashboard will display an ‘oil change required’ message every time the car is started. A single chime will accompany this message. Oil changes should happen within the next 500 miles (805 kilometers) of this message being displayed.

Dodge Chargers built between 2010 – Present-day should have their oil changed every 10.000 miles (16.000 kilometers) or every 12 months, whichever comes first. When it’s time to change the oil, the dashboard will display an ‘oil change required’ message every time the car is started. A single chime will accompany this message. Oil changes should happen within the next 500 miles (805 kilometers) of this message being displayed.

For all Dodge Chargers (including the Hellcat) built between 2010 – Present-day, Dodge recommends that you change the oil every 4,000 miles (6.500 kilometers) if the car is driven in dusty or off-road conditions. Otherwise, follow the regular 10.000 miles recommendation.

Your Charger may indicate that an oil change should happen as early as 3.500 miles depending on the driving circumstances. It’s important not to ignore this message and follow the instructions of the car.

Also read: Is The Dodge Charger A Sports Or Muscle Car?

How To Check Oil Level Dodge Charger?

Before checking the engine oil level, please make sure that the engine has been off for at least 15 minutes. Warm engine oil expands and will give you a false reading.

Take the dipstick out off the oil reservoir and wipe it clean with a paper towel or cloth. The dipstick can be found on the left side of the engine (number 9 in the image below) and has the same location for all Dodge Chargers and engine types. Then, put the dipstick back in the oil reservoir and pull it out again.

If the oil level falls below the cross-hatched area at the bottom of the dipstick, you must refill the oil reservoir with 1 quart of oil and repeat the measurement. Please make sure never to add more oil than the reservoir’s maximum capacity (as stated in an earlier subheading). Overflowing the oil of the engine may cause serious damage to the engine and its components.

Also read: What’s The Difference Between A Charger Daytona And Scat Pack?

How To Reset The ‘Oil Change Required’ Message?

After every oil change, you must reset the oil life system. This way, the car can accurately measure the oil quality and how much is still in the reservoir. For instructions on how to do this, please see the video below.

Also read: The Expected Mileage Of A Dodge Charger

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