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

Dodge Dakota is a midsize pickup truck that has received rave reviews from truck enthusiasts because of its durability and strength. In the subsequent paragraphs, we will discuss the oil type used across various engines of Dodge Dakota. Before we get into the nerdy stuff, let’s take a look at a short answer.

The first and the second generation of Dodge Dakota with 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 engines use the same engine SAE 5W-30 oil. Valvoline Full Advanced Synthetic 5W-30 is recommended.  The third generation uses engine SAE 5W-20 oil with API certification. Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic fulfills these requirements. 

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

 The above paragraph gives us a glimpse of the details that are going to be shared in the article below. This article does not only include the oil type that is optimum for your car engine but also gives an insight on how to check your oil level, change oil, and reset the oil indicating system.

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

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

The Dodge Dakota spans across 3 generations and since then it has been discontinued by its parent company, but you can still get the required engine oil for your Dakota, if you know what you are looking for.

  • First generation of Dodge Dakota (1987-1996) uses engine oil of standard SAE 5W-30 that is API certified. You can find this oil here.
  • Second generation Dakota (1997-2004) uses engine oil of standard SAE 5W-30 that is API certified (comes with the seal of API certification seal). The oil should also meet the material standard of MS-6395. Click here to get your desired oil.
  • The third generation of Dakota (2005-2011) uses engine oil of standard SAE 5W-20, which should be API certified and also meet the requirements of Crysler material standard MS-6395. Find this oil on Amazon by clicking here.

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

The oil weight, viscosity, and thickness all refer to how well the oil flows at certain temperatures. It is highly recommended that the oils meet the API and SAE viscosity standards. An easy guide for the recommended engine oil for your car is given below.

  • First generation of Dodge Dakota (1987-96) uses the same type of engine oil for all its engine variant including (2.2L, 2.5L, 3.9L, 5.2L). SAE 5W-30 is the recommended engine oil for all of its engines, despite the ambient temperature.
  • The second generation (1997-2004) of Dodge Dakota also uses the same type of engine oil for its engine including (2.5L, 3.9L, 5.2L, 5.9L, 4.7L, 3.7L). SAE 5W-30 is the recommended engine oil for optimum fuel economy in these engines. It works in the temperature ranges of (-29C, -20F) – (38C,100F). Synthetic engine oil can also be used if the API and SAE regulations are met and changing of engine oil is carried required interval (which is going to be discussed later in this article).
  • The third generation of Dodge Dakota (2005-11) also uses the same engine oil for all its variant of engines that including (3.7L, 4.7L). SAE 5W-20 engine oil is recommended for all opera- ting temperatures. This engine oil improves starting the engine at low temperature and also guarantee good vehicle fuel economy.

What Is The Oil Capacity Of a Dodge Dakota?

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 Dakota.

1st generation (1987-1996)

EngineOil Capacity
3.7L V65 Qt.
4.7L V86 Qt.

2nd generation (1997-2004)

EngineOil Capacity
3.7L V65 Qt.
4.7L V86 Qt.

3rd generation (2005-2011)

EngineOil Capacity
3.7L V65 Qt.
4.7L V86 Qt.

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When To Change The Oil Of A Dodge Dakota?

If you own a first and second generation of Dodge Dakota (1997-2004) the frequency of oil change will depend on road condition and your driving style. If the vehicle is used for commercial or services purposes or is equipped for and operating ­with E-85(ethanol) fuel, then your oil change frequency should be 3000 miles (5000 km) or 3-month time – whichever comes first.

If you use your vehicle for only off-road purposes then your oil changing frequency should be after every 50 hours of use. For the third generation of Dodge Dakota, the oil change frequency should not exceed 8000 miles (13000 km) or 6-month time.

How To Check The Oil Level Of A Dodge Dakota?

If you want your engine to remain properly lubricated the engine oil must be maintained at a correct level. You should check your engine oil level 5 minutes after a fully warmed-up engine is shut off or before starting the engine after it remained off overnight. 

It should be noted that oil level should be measured when the vehicle is at ground level. You should follow the instruction given above before proceeding to the steps given below:

  • Wipe the dipstick clean
  • Maintain the oil level between the ADD and SAFE marking on the dipstick.
  • Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at the ADD mark will result in a SAFE reading on these engines.

Another point worth mentioning here is that overfilling or underfilling the crankcase, where oil should be at a certain level, will cause oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.

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

You can reset the oil level on Dodge Dakota by following the steps given below:

  • Close all the doors and make sure the car is on ignition. DO NOT start the engine
  • Make sure that you press the gas pedal slowly three times within 10 seconds.
  • The gas pedal should be pressed all the way.
  • Turn the ignition off and after 5 to 10 seconds, start the engine to verify that the indicator has been reset.
  • If the indicator does not reset repeat the given procedure.

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