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The Oil Type, Weight, And Capacity Of A Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge is an American automotive brand that is highly regarded for its rugged trucks and performance cars. With the Dodge Caravan, the company has ruled the Minivan sector for years. Today, we’re here to discuss the engine oil specifications of this small passenger van. But first of all, let’s go for a quick summary:

The first generation (2.5L, 3.0L, 3.3L) and the second generation (2.5L, 3.0L, 3.3L, 3.8L) engines use the Mopar SAE 5W-30 engine oil. The third generation (3.0L, 3.3L, 3.8L Gasoline, and 2.5L Diesel) engines mostly use SAE 5W-30 for gasoline and SAE 15W-40 for the diesel versions. The fourth-generation (3.3L V6) engine uses the SAE 5W-30 oil that meets the Chrysler MS-6395 specification. The fifth-generation (3.6L V6) engine generally uses the SAE 5W-20 engine oil for all temperatures. Valvoline, Shell, Pennzoil, and other brands meeting the specifications can be used.

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

This summary provides a brief introduction to what’s about to come next. Based on our intensive research of the topic, we’ve compiled all the details conveniently for you to go through. They include the types of engine oils, their grade number/viscosity, and the engine oil capacities for different generations. An insight on the recommended oil change intervals and checking/resetting the oil level has also been provided.

Are you looking for the newer version of the Caravan? Check out this article about the oil of the Dodge Grand Caravan.

What Type Of Engine Oil Is Used In The Dodge Grand Caravan?

From 1984 to 2014, Dodge has brought forth five generations of the Grand Caravan. Here, we will list the types of engine oils recommended for each of these model years.

  • For the first generation (1984-1990) and second generation (1991-1995) of the Grand Caravan, Chrysler (the parent company of Dodge) recommends Mopar lubricants. Equivalent oils meeting the viscosity grade may also be used. Energy Conserving 2 motor oils with the API service SG or SG/CD classification must be used.
  • For the third generation (1995-2001), Mopar 5W-30 and 10W-30 engine oils that are API certified must be used.
  • The fourth generation (2001-2007) also uses engine oils that are API certified. Oils with the correct SAE Viscosity Grade Number should be used.
  • For the fifth generation (2007-2014), engine oils that are API certified and meet the Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395 are recommended.

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

Oil viscosity (commonly known as oil weight) refers to the pouring rate of the oil at a specific temperature. It is measured by SAE viscosity grade.

For all generations of the Grand Caravan, engine oils that are API certified are recommended by the manufacturer. For your ease, we’re going to disclose the oil viscosities generation-by-generation, along with other necessary specifications:

First And Second Generation

In the first and second generations of the minivan, there are four kinds of engines:

  • For the 3.0L, 3.3L, and 3.8L engines, the SAE 5W-30 is recommended at temperatures below 100°F/38°C.
  • For the 2.5L version, 5W-30 is recommended at temperatures below 32°F/0°C. At temperatures above 0°F/-18°C, SAE 10W-30 must be used.

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Third Generation

The third generation offered both gasoline and diesel engines.

  • For the gasoline engines, SAE 5W-30 oil meeting the Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395 must be used. At places where the temperature doesn’t fall below 0°C, SAE 10W-30 grade oils may also be used.

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  • For the diesel engines, oils meeting the MIL 2104C, API SG/CD or CCMC PD2 standards are recommended. SAE 15W-40 engine oils or European Grade 10W-40 oils are acceptable. In case of temperatures usually falling below -12°C, oils of SAE grade numbers 5W-30 or 10W-30 are to be used.

Fourth Generation

  • For the fourth generation, engine oils meeting the API and DaimlerChrysler MS-6395 standard are required. Engine oils with the SAE grade number 5W-30 are preferred. Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic engine oils that are API certified and meet the SAE standard can be used.

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Fifth Generation

  • The last generation of the passenger van comes with a 3.6L V6 engine. Mopar SAE 5W-20 engine oil is recommended for all operating temperatures. Oils by other companies such as Shell Helix or Pennzoil that meet the Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395 can be used. Mopar SAE 5W-30 meeting the MS-6395 standard may be used when the former is not available. Shell Rotella Gas Truck can be used. 

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Also read: Types Of Gas A Dodge Grand Caravan Takes (Explained)

What Is The Oil Capacity Of A Dodge Grand Caravan?

Each generation of the Dodge Grand Caravan boasts its own set of engines. The tables below list the oil capacities of these engines.

Gen 1 (1984-1990)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
2.5L Engine4.5 Qt.
3.0L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.
3.3L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.

Gen 2 (1991-1995)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
2.5L Engine4.5 Qt.
3.0L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.
3.3L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.
3.8L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.

Gen 3 (1995-2001)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.3L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.
3.8L V6 Engine4.5 Qt.

Gen 4 (2001-2007)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.3L V6 Engine5 Qt.

Gen 5 (2007-2014)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.6L V6 Engine6 Qt.

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When To Change The Oil Of A Dodge Grand Caravan?­

The engine oil change indicator system will alert you when an engine oil change is scheduled. The message “Oil Change Required” will flash in the EVIC display for Ten seconds after a single chime has sounded. The system is duty cycle based, which means the engine oil change interval is dependent on personal driving style, and thus the interval may fluctuate. The maximum intervals between oil changes should not exceed 6,000 miles (10,000 km) or six months. Whichever comes first.

How To Check The Oil Level Of A Dodge Grand Caravan?

The oil level should be checked at regular intervals, such as at every fuel stop. It is ideal to check the oil level after a fully warmed-up engine has been shut off for five minutes. Before checking the oil level, park the car on ground level to improve the accuracy of the reading. Follow the steps below to check the oil level.

  • Remove the dipstick and clean it.
  • Place the dipstick back and make sure it is seated in the tube.
  • Remove the dipstick and read the oil level on the dipstick
  • If the oil is below the add mark or safe range then add oil to get it to the top of the safe range.
  • Adding one quart of oil is enough to get the reading from the bottom of the safe zone to the top.

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

The engine oil change indicator system has to be reset manually once the engine oil has been changed. To reset the system, follow the steps below:

  • Without starting the engine turn the ignition switch to ON position.
  • Press the accelerator pedal three times slowly within 10 seconds.
  • Turn the ignition switch to OFF or LOCK position.
  • To temporarily turn off the message, press and release the MENU button.

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