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The Oil Type, Weight, And Capacity Of A Dodge Caliber

Dodge Caliber is still widely in use despite not being in production anymore. Car enthusiasts love this car because of its solid engine, durability, and spacious interior. Although this five-seater family hatchback failed to live up to the hype, it is still considered a decent vehicle. Today, we will be discussing the oil type of this car. For starters, here is a short answer. 

The only generation of Dodge Caliber (2006-11) uses an API Certified engine oil with an oil weight of 5W-20 and MS-6395 certification. Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic is a recommended oil.  

*The engine oils used in Dodge Caliber are not limited to these brands only. All engine oils fulfilling the criterion given below will work well with Dodge Caliber.  

But this short answer does not portray the complete picture. Many questions and queries about the oil used in Dodge Caliber are yet to be answered. In the detailed article mentioned below, we will enlist the optimum oil type for Dodge Caliber, the oil weight of the Dodge Caliber, the oil capacity of a Dodge Caliber, and how to reset the oil level in a Dodge Caliber. 

What Is The Oil Type And The Oil Weight Used In Dodge Caliber?

Dodge Caliber was up for sale from 2007-12. This car has only one generation and was discontinued after failing to make its mark in the automobile industry. In the following paragraph, we will elaborate on the oil type used in this generation and the viscosity grade (commonly known as oil weight).

The first and the only generation of Dodge Caliber (2006-11) uses engine oils that are API certified, with Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395, and having an SAE viscosity grade of 5W-20. Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic is a recommended oil that works well with this engine. You can find this engine oil on Amazon using this link

What is The Oil Capacity of a Dodge Caliber?

Oil Capacity refers to the amount of oil your car’s engine needs to run optimally.  Dodge Caliber uses three different engine variants: 1.8L, 2.0L, 2.4L. The oil capacities of various models of Dodge Caliber are mentioned below. 

Gen 1 (2006-11)

Engine Model  Oil Capacity  
1.8L L4 Engine4.5 Qt
2.0L L4 Engine4.5 Qt
2.4L L4 Engine4.5 Qt

When To Change The Oil of A Dodge Caliber?

The oil change indicator system will remind you that it is time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance. 

On Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) equipped vehicles, “Oil Change Required” will be displayed in the EVIC, and a single chime will sound, indicating that an oil change is necessary. On Non-EVIC equipped vehicles, “Change Oil” will flash in the instrument cluster odometer, and a single chime will sound, indicating that an oil change is necessary. 

Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate; this means that service is required for your vehicle. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, within the next 805 km. 

Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 8,000 miles (13 000 km) or six months, whichever comes first.

How To Check The Oil Level of A Dodge Caliber?

An optimum level of engine oil in your car will ensure proper lubrication. Dodge recommends checking engine oil at regular intervals. If you want to check your car’s engine oil, then the best time to do so would be 5 minutes after a fully warmed-up engine has been shut off. Checking engine oil when it has sat overnight or when the engine is cold will give you an incorrect reading. 

Follow the given steps to check the oil level of your Dodge Caliber:

  1. Pull out the dipstick from the engine oil compartment. 
  2. See the oil level on the dipstick; it should be between the range markings on the dipstick
  3. The range markings will consist of a crosshatch zone that says SAFE or a crosshatch zone that says MIN at the low end of the range and MAX at the high end of the range
  4. If the dipstick indicates a low level of engine oil, add 1 Qt of the recommended engine oil.

Also read: How Many Miles Can A Dodge Caliber Last? (Answered)

How To Reset The Oil Level of A Dodge Caliber?

All Dodge Calibers are equipped with an Engine Oil Change Indicator System. It displays the “Change Engine Oil” message. Once you’ve changed the engine oil, it is essential that you reset this system – otherwise, the system won’t accurately determine the next oil change. Press and release the Trip Odometer button on the instrument cluster to turn off the message temporarily. 

To reset the oil change indicator system (after performing the scheduled maintenance), refer to the following procedure:

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position. Do not start the engine. 
  2. Fully depress the accelerator pedal slowly three times within 10 seconds.
  3.  Turn the ignition switch to the OFF/LOCK position.

If the Change Engine Oil message still appears, repeat the process. 

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