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

The Dodge Nitro is a compact SUV that came out in 2007. It’s a great utility vehicle that we have written about extensively. ­­­We will look into all the essential questions regarding engine oil for the Dodge Nitro. But before we get into it, let’s take a look at a short answer.

The recommendation for the 3.7L engine is an API-certified oil such as the MOPAR 5W-20 Genuine Engine Oil (MS-6395). The recommended oil for the 4.0L engine is an API-certified oil such as the MOPAR 10W-30 Genuine Engine Oil (MS-6395).

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

The information above is only a short answer regarding the oil specifications required for the Dodge Nitro. Read on about essential factors in selecting engine oils, such as oil weight, oil type, and oil capacity. In the text below, you will also find information on changing engine oil and checking and resetting oil levels.

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

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

The Dodge Nitro has one generation, with the first model coming out in 2007 and the last in 2011.

Dodge recommends the use of API-certified engine oils that meet the requirements of Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395. This recommendation assures the best performance and maximum protection for all engines of the Dodge Nitro.

Note: Don’t use chemical flushes in your engine oil. The chemicals can damage your engine!

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

Engine oil weight or viscosity is a measure of how well the oil will flow at specific temperatures. Engine oils without both the correct SAE viscosity grade number and engine oil certification mark should not be used. The advised engine oil viscosities for the specific engines of the Dodge Nitro are given below:

  • Dodge Nitro owners with the 3.7L engine should use SAE 5W-20 engine oil for all operating temperatures. It improves fuel economy as well as low-temperature starting. Engine oil with the required specifications is linked here: Mopar 5W-20 Genuine Engine Oil.
  • Dodge Nitro owners with the 4.0L engine should prefer the use of SAE 10W-30 engine oil. However, for colder temperatures, the SAE 5W-30 engine oil can also be used to improve cold-weather starting. Engine oil with the required specifications is linked here: Mopar 10W-30 Genuine Engine Oil.

What Is The Oil Capacity Of a Dodge Nitro?

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 Nitro.

Gen 1 (2007-2011)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
3.7L V8 Engine5 Qt.
4.0L V8 Engine5.5 Qt.

When To Change The Oil Of A Dodge Nitro?­

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 10 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 Nitro?

  • 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.

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

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:

To temporarily turn off the message, press and release the MENU button.

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