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Oil Types, Weight And Capacity Of A Jeep Cherokee

On this blog, we’ve written about several aspects of the Jeep Cherokee. Today we’re going to talk about what engine oil this crossover requires. It’s important to know this because the Cherokee has two generations and three engines that require different oils. Let’s start with a quick answer:

For 2018 – Present-day Jeep Cherokees with a 2.0L engine, Jeep recommends the following engine SAE 5W-30 oils: Pennzoil, Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic, or Castrol Edge. For the 2013 – Present-day Cherokee with a 2.4L engine recommended SAE 0W-20 oils include: Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic, Mobile1 Extended Performance, and Castrol Edge. The 3.2L engine needs the following 5W-20 oils: Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic or Pennzoil Platinum.

Having said that, that’s not the whole story. Below we’ll dive into the viscosity of the oil, the amount of oil that’s needed for each engine and how to check the oil level and change it accordingly. Read on!

Also read: What Gas Does A Jeep Cherokee Take? (Explained)

What’s The Oil Weight?

The oil weight or oil viscosity refers to how smoothly the oil flows through the fuel system at a certain temperature. Different engines need a different viscosity to operate properly.

  • The 2.0L engine of a Jeep Cherokee needs an oil viscosity of 5W-30.
  • The 2.4L engine of a Jeep Cherokee needs an oil viscosity of 0W-20.
  • The 3.2L engine of a Jeep Cherokee needs an oil viscosity of 5W-20.

It’s important to know that the recommendations we’ve done before about which engine oils you should get aren’t conclusive. This means that other engine oils that meet SAE standards and have the right viscosity can also be used in the Cherokee. What we stated before were just examples of engine oils that can be used.

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What’s The Oil Capacity?

All Jeep Cherokee with a 2.0L engine have an oil capacity of 5 quarts or 4.7 liters. Jeep Cherokees with a 2.4L engine have an oil capacity of 5.5 quarts or 5.2 liters whereas 3.2L engines have an oil capacity of 6 quarts or 5.6 liters. All of these numbers include the oil capacity with an engine oil filter.

When To Change Oil Level?

Most Jeep Cherokees are equipped with an engine oil warning system that indicates when the oil of the car should be changed. Oil changes should always happen within 10,000 miles (16,000 km), twelve months, or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first.

Severe operating conditions (such as towing, repeated short trips, or extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures) can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500 miles (5,600 km) since the last reset. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).

Change engine oil at 4,000 miles (6,500 km) if the vehicle is operated in a dusty and off-road environment or is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPMs.

How To Check And Change Oil Level?

Check the oil level at regular intervals, such as every month. The best time to check the engine oil level is about five minutes after a fully warmed-up engine is shut off. Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level readings.

Below we’ve taken images from the owners manual of the Jeep Cherokee. In the caption of each image, we’ve stated what engine this is and where you can find the oil filler cap.

2.0L engine, oil dipstick is located at number ‘8’. Refilling happens at number ‘2’
2.4L engine, oil dipstick is located at number ‘8’. Refilling happens at number ‘2’
3.2L engine, oil dipstick is located at number ‘8’. Refilling happens at number ‘9’

There are three possible dipstick types,

  • Crosshatched zone.
  • Crosshatched zone marked SAFE.
  • Crosshatched zone marked with MIN at the low end of the range and MAX at the high end of the range

Always maintain the oil level within the crosshatch markings on the dipstick. Adding 1 quart (1.0 liters) of oil when the
reading is at the low end of the dipstick range will raise the oil level to the high end of the range marking.

How To Reset The ‘Oil Change Required’ Message?