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

The Canadian/American-made Dodge Challenger is a fan favorite muscle car, and we’ve got all the information essential to its engine oil needs. Before we dive into the Challengers Oil preferences, let’s look at a short answer.

The Pennzoil 10W-40 High Mileage Motor Oil is recommended for first and second-generation engines for temperatures above 32oF. The Mopar 10W-30 Genuine Engine Oil is recommended for first and second-generation engines for temperatures as low as -10oF and 3.5L third-generation engines. The Mopar 5W-30 Genuine Engine Oil is recommended for 3.6L third-generation engines, and Mopar 5W-20 Genuine Engine Oil is recommended for 5.7Lthird-generation engines.

*The engine oils used in Dodge Challenger are not limited to these brands only. All engine oils fulfilling the requirements below will work well with your Dodge Challenger.

The answer above is a small fraction of the information collected on engine oil requirements for the Dodge Challenger. It covers the type, viscosity, and capacity of engine oil for the Challenger. It also covers how to check and change the engine oil and how to reset the oil indicator system.

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What Type Of Engine Oil Is Used In The Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger spans three generations, with the first generation starting in 1969. The Challenger is still in production today, giving us various models across its three generations. The specifications for the engine oil required for its models are provided below.

  • The first (1969-1974) generation recommends the use of API certified engine oils that conform to the requirements of MS.
  • The second (1978-1983) generation recommends the use of API certified engine oils with the SG quality or above.
  • The third (2008-Present) generation recommends the use of API certified engine oils that full Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395.

What Is The Weight/Viscosity Of Oils Used In Dodge Challenger?

The weight or viscosity of engine oil measures how well it flows at specific temperatures. The viscosity specifications for the different models and different temperatures are listed below.

The first (1969-1974) and second (1978-1983) generations have the following recommendations.

  • Use SAE 20W-40 / SAE 10W-40 rated engine oils when temperatures are consistently above 32oF. To find such an oil, click here.
  • Use SAE 10W-30 / SAE 10W-40 rated engine oils when temperatures are occasionally as low as -10oF. To find such an oil, click here.
  • Use SAE 5W-30 / SAE 5W-20 rated engine oils when temperatures are consistently below 10oF. To find such an oil, click here.

The third generation (2008-Present) has the following recommendations.

  • SAE 10W-30 rated engine oils are ideal for owners of the 3.5L Engine. To find such an oil, click here.
  • SAE 5W-30 rated engine oils are ideal for owners of the 3.6L Engine. To find such an oil, click here.
  • SAE 5W-20 rated engine oils are ideal for owners of the 5.7L Engine. To find such an oil, click here.

What Is The Oil Capacity Of a Dodge Challenger?

The Oil Capacity of a car is the amount of oil needed by the car’s engine to run optimally. The tables below summarize the oil capacities of the various models of Dodge Challenger.

Gen 1 (1969-1974)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.2L L6 Engine4 Qt.
3.7L L6 Engine4 Qt.
5.2L V8 Engine4 Qt.
5.6L V8 Engine4 Qt.
6.3L V8 Engine4 Qt.
7.2L V8 Engine6 Qt.

Gen 2 (1978-1983)

Note: The table below specifies quantities without a filter. Additional oil may be required when replacing the filter.

Engine ModelOil Capacity
1.6L L4 Engine3.7 Qt.
2.6L L4 Engine4 Qt.

 

Gen 3 (2008-Present)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.5L V6 Engine6 Qt.
3.6L V6 Engine6 Qt.
5.7L V8 Engine7 Qt.

 

When To Change The Oil Of A Dodge Challenger?

The “Change Oil” message will flash in the instrument cluster odometer for 12 seconds after a single chime is sounded. This indicates that an oil change is required. The oil change interval varies as the system is duty-based and depends on vehicle use.

The message “Oil Change Required” is also flashed on the EVIC display for 10 seconds after a single chime has sounded.

The oil change interval for the first generation (1969-1974) Dodge Challenger should not exceed three months or 4,000 miles under normal operating conditions.

Under normal operating conditions, the oil change interval for the third generation (2008-Present) Dodge Challenger should not exceed six months or 6,000 miles (10,000 km).

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How To Check The Oil Level Of A Dodge Challenger?

To obtain the most accurate readings for engine oil, ensure the vehicle is on level ground and the reading is taken five minutes after a fully warmed-up engine is shut off. To get the engine oil readings, follow the steps below.

  1. Remove the dipstick and clean it.
  2. Carefully place the dipstick back.
  3. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level.

The oil levels should be in the “SAFE” range of the dipstick. Adding one quart of oil results in a reading at the bottom of the SAFE range/MIN to reach a reading at the top of the SAFE range/MAX.

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How To Reset The Oil Level / Oil Life Of A Dodge Challenger?

The oil change indicator system needs to be reset manually once it gives the oil change alert. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Switch on the ignition without starting the engine.
  2. Depress the accelerator slowly and completely three times within 10 seconds.
  3. Switch off the ignition. (turn the switch to OFF/LOCK position).

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