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How To Change The Oil In A 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

Change The Oil 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Keeping the motor oil changed in a vehicle is mandatory. You will destroy your engine if you neglect this essential vehicle maintenance routine. Did you know, though, that this is a fairly simple DIY for such an important process?

Many people take their vehicle in to a mechanic have the oil changed and there’s nothing wrong with that. But you can save a few bucks by doing it yourself.

Here’s how to change the oil in a vehicle, more specifically, in a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan.


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Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps

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Tools

Lisle Low Profile 24mm 3/8 Drive Oil Filter Socket


Socket Set


Vehicle Ramp Set


Oil Drain Container


Funnel

Supplies

Motor Oil


Oil Filter


Shop Towels

Personal Protective Equipment

Firm Grip Nitrile Gloves


3M Safety Glasses


Related Article: PPE: DIYers Should Use Personal Protective Equipment

Steps

How To Change The Oil In A 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

  1. Let the engine run a few minutes to warm up the oil.

  2. If vehicle ramps are needed, drive your vehicle up on them. Doing this on a level surface is best.

  3. Place the vehicle in park and engage the parking brake. Turn the vehicle off and remove the key.

  4. Place the oil drain container beneath the oil pan. Make sure the cap is removed from the collection reservoir.

  5. Remove the oil pan plug and allow the oil to drain into the oil drain container. CAUTION: The oil may be hot.

  6. Loosen oil filter housing cap with your socket wrench and oil filter socket. Pull the oil filter out. (The oil filter is located next to the air filter, beneath the hood.)

  7. Remove the old oil filter from the housing cap and insert the new one. Push it on all the way until it attaches.

  8. Reinsert the oil filter housing cap with the filter attached into the oil filter housing. Tighten by hand.

  9. Reinsert the oil pan plug and tighten by hand.

  10. Remove the oil cap on the engine, insert your funnel, and slowly pour in new motor oil. Check the vehicle’s owner manual for the correct grade and amount of oil to use.

  11. Replace the oil cap and tighten.

  12. Wipe off any spilled oil with shop towels.

  13. Make sure all tools are removed from the engine compartment area. Turn the vehicle on and check around the oil filter and underneath the oil pan for any leaks.

  14. Disengage the parking break and slowly back the vehicle off the ramps.

  15. Turn the vehicle off and verify the oil level by checking the oil dipstick. (Pull it out, clean it off, reinsert, and pull it out again to check the level.)

  16. Keep track of the date and vehicle mileage for your maintenance records.

“Change The Oil” Process In Photos

  • 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Oil Pan
  • Removing The Oil Plug 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Oil Filter Housing Location
  • 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Oil Filter Location
  • 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Oil Filter Socket
  • Removing The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • Installing A New Oil Filter 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine Oil Cap
  • Adding Oil 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

The photos above shows the process for changing the oil. Please also refer to the Steps above. This process is similar for all vehicles, with the exception of the oil filter and its location. Oil filters in older vehicles are normally located and accessed underneath the vehicle.

In addition, older vehicles usually have an oil filter that’s a different design and is not contained within a housing.

Maintenance Schedule

From the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicle owner’s manual, page 128:

“Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate. This means that service is required for your vehicle. Operating conditions such as frequent short-trips, trailer tow, extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures, and E85 fuel usage will influence when the “Oil Change Required” message is displayed.”

“Severe Operating Conditions can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500 miles (5,600 km) since last reset. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).”

  • NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), twelve months, or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first. The 350 hours of engine run or idle time is generally only a concern for fleet customers.”
  • “Change Engine Oil at 4,000 miles (6,500 km) if the vehicle is operated in a dusty and off road environment or is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPM’s. This type of vehicle use is considered Severe Duty.”

Resetting The “Oil Change Required” Dashboard Indicator Light

This procedure is for a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan. From the vehicle owner’s manual, pages 94, 95:

“Your vehicle is equipped with an engine oil change indicator system. The Oil Change Required message will display in the EVIC (Electronic Vehicle Information Center) display for approximately 10 seconds, after a single chime has sounded, to indicate the next scheduled oil change interval. The engine oil change indicator system is duty-cycle based, which means the engine oil change interval may fluctuate dependent upon your personal driving style.”

“Unless reset, this message will continue to display each time you turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position or cycle the ignition to the ON/RUN position if equipped with Keyless Enter-N-Go. To turn off the message temporarily, push and release the MENU button. To reset the oil change indicator system (after performing the scheduled maintenance), refer to the following procedure.”

Vehicles Equipped With Keyless Enter-N-Go

  1. Without pushing the brake pedal, push the ENGINE START/STOP button and cycle the ignition to the ON/RUN position (do not start the engine).
  2. Fully push the accelerator pedal, slowly, three times within 10 seconds.
  3. Without pushing the brake pedal, push the ENGINE START/STOP button once to return the ignition to the OFF/LOCK position.

Vehicles Not Equipped With Keyless Enter-N-Go

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position (do not start the engine).
  2. Fully push the accelerator pedal, slowly, three times within 10 seconds.
  3. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF/LOCK position.
  • NOTE: If the indicator message illuminates when you start the vehicle, the oil change indicator system did not reset. If necessary, repeat this procedure. Resetting the oil life can also be done within the “Oil Life” menu under “Vehicle Info”.”

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