Change The Oil on a 2011 Dodge Charger and Challenger v6

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Learn how to change the oil on your 2011+ Dodge Challenger and Charger with a 3.6L V6. We've got a step by step how to with all the parts and tools you'll need.

Dodge calls for an oil change as little as every 4,000 miles (6,500 km) under severe use. They do note that you should never exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months.

FCA MS-6395 Compatible Oil

Dodge requires the 3.6L v6 oil meet the FCA MS-6395 standard. There are quite a few oils that meet the standard. However, Mobil-1's 5W20 oils don't.



Get Started by Lifting the Car


Lift the front of the vehicle using your ramps or jack and jack stands.

Be careful and safe!

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Remove The Under Tray


Remove the 4 x 10mm skid plate screws.

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Drain the Oil


Place your drain pan under the oil pan.


Remove the 13mm oil drain plug


Drain the oil


Replace the oil drain plug. Tighten to approx. 20 ft-lb.


Remove the engine cover by pulling it up, off the engine.


Remove the oil filter cartridge housing using a 24mm socket.


Pull the old filter out or the housing.


Remove and replace the O-ring on the filter housing (your filter should have come with a new o-ring)


Insert the new filter. It should click in when seated in the housing.


Screw the new filter and housing back into the engine.

Do not over-tighten the housing, it only needs to be hand tight. It's plastic after all.

Fill with New Oil


Using your funnel, refill the oil. It takes approximately 5.5 - 6 quarts.


Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.

Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end.

Finish Up


Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks.


Re-install the skid plate and 4 x 10mm screws.


Lower the car back to the ground.


Start up the engine and watch the oil pressure light to make sure it doesn't stay on.


Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.

Resetting the Oil Service Light

To turn off the change oil light:

  1. Turn the ignition to the on position w/o starting the engine. (or press the on button w/o a foot on the brake)
  2. Fully press the gas pedal to the floor 3 times within 10 seconds
  3. Turn the ignition off (or press the on/off button once w/o a foot on the brake)

##How to Get Rid of Your Old Oil?##

Your local auto parts store will take your old oil as long as you don't mix it with any other fluids.

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