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

We’ve written quite a bit about Dodge’s muscle-inspired SUV, the Dodge Durango. Let’s take a look at the engine oil specifications of the Dodge Durango to ensure that it gives you the performance it’s built for. Before we get into it, let’s start with a quick answer.

The first generation (4.7L, 5.9L) and the second generation (3.7L, 4.7L, 5,7L) engines of the Dodge Durango use an oil such as the Mopar 5W-30 Genuine Engine Oil (MS-6395). The 3.6L engines of the third and fourth generation use an oil such as the Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic 0W-20 Motor Oil. The 5.5L engines of the third and fourth generations use the Mopar 5W-20 Genuine Engine Oil (MS-6395).

*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 Durango.

The summary above reflects a small part of the research done on the engine oil requirements for the Dodge Durango. In the article below, you will find all the information you need to choose the right engine oil for your Dodge Durango. This includes the maximum oil capacity, the oil type requirements, and oil weight specifications. It also consists of checking the oil level, changing the oil, and resetting the oil indicator system.

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

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

The Dodge Durango spans four generations, starting in 1997 with a new generation coming out every five to seven years. In the section below, you will find all the information you need to select the best Engine Oil for your car.

  • The first generation (1997-2003) and second generation (2004-2009) of the Dodge Durango works best with Engine Oils that are API certified and up to DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395. You can use Mopar as well as equivalent oils meeting the MS-6395 standard. The ideal Oil weight is SAE 5W-30.
  • The third generation (2013-2020) and fourth generation (2020-present) both recommend the usage of API certified oils that meet the requirements of FCA Material Standard MS-6395.

Also read: Types Of Gas A Dodge Durango Takes (All Generations)

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

The oil weight, viscosity, and thickness refer to how well the oil flows at specific temperatures. It is recommended that the oils meet the API and SAE viscosity standards. An easy guide to recommended viscosities for the various generations and models is provided in the section below.

First And Second Generation

The first generation (1997-2003) and second-generation (2004-2009) recommend using SAE 5W-30 in all of its engines, including the 3.7L, 4.7L, and 5.7L engines. The SAE 10W-30 can also be used but is limited to temperatures over 0oF/-18oC, whereas the preferred SAE 5W-30 can be used in colder regions with low temperatures 20oF/-29oC.

To find an oil that meets these specifications, click here.

Third And Fourth Generation

The third generation (2013-2020) and fourth-generation (2020-present) prefer different viscosities for its 3.6L and 5.7L engines.

If you own a Dodge Durango with the 3.6L engine of the third or fourth generation, use the SAE OW-20 engine oil. To find an oil that meets these specifications, click here.

If you own a Dodge Durango with the 5.7L engine of the third or fourth generation, use the SAE 5W-20 engine oil. To find an oil that meets these specifications, click here.

Note: Failure to use the SAE 5W-20 engine oil for the 5.7L engine could result in improper operation of the Fuel Saver Technology.

Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Dodge Durango

What Is The Oil Capacity Of a Dodge Durango?

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 Durango.

Gen 1 (1997-2003)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
4.7L V8 Engine6 Qt.
5.9L V8 Engine5 Qt.   

 

Gen 2 (2004-2009)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.7L V6 Engine5 Qt.
4.7L V8 Engine6 Qt.
5.7L V8 Engine7 Qt.

 

Gen 3 (2013-2020)

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

 

Gen 4 (2020-Present)

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

When To Change The Oil Of A Dodge Durango?­

If you own a Dodge Durango off the second generation (2004-2009), your oil change frequency should be every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) or three months. Whichever comes first. However, if it is primarily used for off-road operations, the oil should be changed after every 50 hours.

For owners of the third generation (2013-2019) and fourth-generation (2020-Present) Dodge Durango, the oil change indicator system will remind you when it is time for the scheduled maintenance.

Nevertheless, the oil change interval should never exceed the following:

  • 10,000 miles (16,000 km)
  • Twelve months
  • 350 hours of engine run time

Also read: Dodge Durango Transmissions: Overview, Problems, Fluids

How To Check The Oil Level Of A Dodge Durango?

You should check the engine oil level about 5 minutes after you shut off a fully warmed-up engine. The accuracy of the oil level readings increases when the vehicle is on level ground. Follow the steps below to check the oil level of the Dodge Durango.

  1. Once the vehicle is on a level surface and a fully warmed-up engine has been shut off for about 5 minutes, remove the dipstick or engine oil level indicator.
  2. Wipe the dipstick clean
  3. Install the dipstick and make sure it’s seated in the tube
  4. Remove the dipstick and read the oil level on the dipstick while keeping the handle above the tip.

You should add oil only if the level is below the Safe range or below the Add mark. Add one quart of oil when the reading is at the bottom of the safe zone. This will result in a new reading at the top of the safe zone.

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

The “Oil Change Required” message appears according to the system’s scheduled oil change. Once the oil has been changed, you need to reset the oil change indicator system manually. Follow the steps below to reset the oil change indicator system.

  1. Push the ENGINE START/STOP button without pressing the brake pedal and place the ignition to ON/RUN position. ( Do not start the engine)
  2. Press the accelerator pad fully and slowly three times within 10 seconds
  3. Push the ENGINE START/STOP button again to return the ignition to OFF/LOCK position.

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