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Chrysler Town & Country Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the filter in a 2011 to 2014 Town & Country with the Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine.

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Pentastar 3.6L V6 Engine
Oil Filler Cap SAE 5W-30
Twist Off Counter Clockwise
This automotive tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the revised 5th generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chrysler Town & Country minivan in changing the motor oil and replacing the cartridge style oil filter in the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with the Pentastar 3.6L V6 such as the 200, 300, Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Volkswagen Routan, Fiat Freemont, Lancia Voyager, Thema, Ram Cargo Van and 1500 truck may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, jack stands, a 13mm socket, a used oil catch basin, a 24mm socket, an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 6 quarts (or 5.6L) of new SAE 5W-30 oil.

A few compatible replacement cartridge style oil filters for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 models with their part numbers are as follows: Purolator L36135, Fram CH10955, Wix 57526, Bosch 3335, Hastings LF656, Pennzoil PZ-180, Mahle OX 768D, Pentius PCB10955 and Valvoline # VO-110.

The 2014 and possibly also the 2015 model years of the Chrysler Town & Country with the updated Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine require different oil filters. Their part numbers are as follows: Mopar # 68191349AA (or "MO-349"), Fram CH11665, Wix # WL10010 and Pentius PCBT4024.

Warning: Using an oil filter intended for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 model years on a 2014 or 2015 Town & Country may result in an oil leak. If you have a newer 2014 or 2015 Town & Country, please buy one of the compatible filters listed above.

Pull Up Oil Level Dipstick
Raise Vehicle With Jack
Black Metal Oil Pan
The first several steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park it on a level surface, and shut off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to prevent the minivan from moving.

Then twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled engine oil level dipstick a few inches. Removing the filler cap and lifting up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Update - The service manual recommends that you loosen or remove the oil filter cap before draining the oil to allow the old oil from the oil filter cavity to drain down to the sump. If you don't remove the oil filter cap before draining the old oil, all of the old oil will not be removed from the engine.

Raise the front passenger side of the minivan with a floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands.

Loosen 13mm Drain Bolt
Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten Drain Bolt Clockwise
Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay with the 13mm socket, 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench and the used oil catch container.

The black metal oil drain bolt is located at the rear of the black metal oil pan and it faces towards the rear of the vehicle.

Loosen the drain bolt by turning it counter clockwise with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the drain bolt since the old oil can be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine in the first step.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

Re-insert the drain bolt and spin it in a few turns by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the drain bolt by turning it clockwise with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20 ft lbs of torque. Do not over tighten the drain bolt to avoid damaging the aluminum threads which could cause an oil leak.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.


Lower Vehicle From Stands
Filter Housing Below Air Intake
Release Top Half Air Box
Lower the minivan from the jack stands using the floor jack.

Move to the engine bay and locate the round black plastic oil filter housing just below the rubber air intake hose.

To gain better access to the oil filter cap, release the three metal latches on the top half of the air box and lift it out of the way.

Black Plastic Oil Filter Cap
Turn Counter Clockwise 24mm
Remove Old Cartridge Filter
Attach the 24mm socket to a 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench and loosen the oil filter cap by turning it counter clockwise.

Spin off the cap and lift out the filter from the housing.

Oil Filter Housing
Push In New Filter Element
Twist On Oil Filter Cap
Make sure that the old rubber o-ring is not still attached to the oil filter housing.

Pull out the old cartridge oil filter and discard it.

Pry off the old rubber o-ring at the top of the threads on the oil filter cap and install the new one in its place.

Dip your pinky finger in some new SAE 5W-30 oil and lightly lubricate the new rubber o-ring. Lubricating the o-ring will help it form a better seal and make the cap easier to remove during the next oil change.

Push a new cartridge oil filter in to the cap until it clicks securely in to place.

Lower the filter and cap down in to the housing and spin it in by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten Clockwise 24mm
Secure Air Box Latches
Insert Automotive Funnel
Tighten the oil filter cap to just past hand tight by turning it clockwise with the 24mm socket and 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

Replace the top half of the air filter box and secure the metal latches.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole and only pour in about 5 to 5 and 1/2 quarts of new SAE 5W-30 oil. The engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 6 U.S. quarts (or 5.6 liters).

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than too much.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off, and allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pour In New SAE 5W-30
Replace Oil Filler Cap Clockwise
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Check the oil level on the dipstick and slowly pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level until it reaches at or just below the top of the crosshatched area.

You may not need to pour in all 6 quarts of the engine's total capacity depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Twist on the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight and replace the oil level dipstick.

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records. It's also a good idea to check your driveway or garage during the next few days for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or filter housing.

To reset the "change oil" notification, follow these steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On/Run" position but do not start the engine. 2. Fully press down the gas pedal slowly three times within ten seconds. 3. Turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position.

If your Town & Country has the Keyless "Enter-N-Go" system with the push button Start feature, follow these steps: 1. Press the "Start/Stop" button without pressing the brake pedal and do not start the engine. 2. Fully press down the gas pedal three times in 10 seconds. 3. With the brake pedal released, push the "Start/Stop" button once to turn off the vehicle.

For more, check out my other Chrysler Town & Country Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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