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Jeep Cherokee Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 5th generation 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee with the Tigershark 2.4L.

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2015 Cherokee 2.4L I4
Oil Filler Cap - SAE 0W-20
Twist Off Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and probably also the face lifted 2018 model year) Jeep Cherokee in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the Tigershark MultiAir 2 2.4 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-113, Royal Purple 10-48, K&N HP-1017, ACDelco PF48E, Fram PH10060, Bosch D3334, Purolator PL12222, Pennzoil HPZ-167 and Wix 57060XP.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a flathead screwdriver, a 13mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench, an automotive funnel and 5.5 U.S. quarts (5.2L) of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

Lift Up Oil Dipstick
Raise Front of SUV
Plastic Skid Plate
The first three steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the SUV on a level surface and turn off the ignition.

Warming the engine to near operating temperature 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 wheels to keep the vehicle from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filter cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift up the dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filter cap and lifting up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front of the SUV with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

I prefer to work on one side of the car at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

Slide under the engine bay with a flathead screwdriver, the 13mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet and the used oil catch container.

Drain Bolt Access Cover
Use Flathead Screwdriver
Turn To Unlock
Locate the plastic access cover for the drain bolt near the rear of the engine bay.

Use the flathead screwdriver to rotate the fastener to the "Unlocked" position.

Lower Drain Bolt Cover
13mm Oil Drain Bolt
Used Oil Catch Container
Lower the drain bolt access cover towards the floor.

Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen Counterclockwise
Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten Clockwise
Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the 13mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

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

If the drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer or gasket, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

Spin the oil drain bolt a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the drain bolt by turning it clockwise with the 13mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 25 lb-ft of torque.

Replace Drain Bolt Cover
Oil Filter Access Cover
Lower Plastic Cover
Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight.

Raise the plastic access cover and rotate the fastener to the "Locked" position.

Move forward to the oil filter access cover. Rotate the fastener to the "Unlocked" position with the flathead screwdriver.

Lower the plastic cover to view the old oil filter.


Oil Filter Location
Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
Loosen Counterclockwise
You may be able to loosen the old oil filter by hand.

I recommend using an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600, which makes it much easier to remove a filter that was tightened too much at the factory or at a quick oil change service.

Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the old oil filter.

Loosen the old oil filter by turning it counterclockwise.

Drain Oil From Filter
Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Allow the old oil to drain out from the filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-113 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip your finger in to some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Twist On New Oil Filter
Replace Filter Cover
Turn To Lock Cover
Make sure that the rubber o-ring from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the new oil filter to prevent from damaging the rubber o-ring which can lead to an oil leak.

Raise the filter access cover and rotate the fastener to the "Locked" position.

Lower Car From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New Oil
Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

The Tigershark 2.4L I4 engine's total capacity specification for an oil change with a new oil filter is 5.5 U.S. quarts (or 5.2L).

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it. Running an engine that has been over filled with oil can lead to sluggish performance and possibly damage to seals, gaskets or other components.

Start by pouring in only about 5 quarts of oil.

Replace Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Replace Dipstick
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and push down the dipstick.

Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes and then turn off the ignition.

Allow the new oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the top of the cross hatched area on the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

Be sure to record the oil change in your SUV's service records. Inspect your garage floor or parking spot for drops of fresh oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter. It's also a good idea to check the level on the dipstick during the next few days.

To reset the "Oil Change Due" or "Oil Change Required" message on the display, follow these steps: 1. Turn the ignition to the "Run" position (or press the "Engine Start/Stop" button twice) but do not start the engine. 2. Press the accelerator (gas) pedal down to the floor 3 times within 10 seconds. 3. Turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position (or press the "Start/Stop" button once). The next time you turn on the ignition, the message should be gone.

For more, check out all of my Jeep Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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