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Well I finished my first oil change. Not too bad...but there are a few interesting things.

1. You will need to jack the front up to remove the aluminum belly pan. In fact you will need to raise and lower a few times since the drain plug is on the front of the block to make sure the oil drains completely.

2. Oil filter was bought from Fiat dealership...Mopar part number 1-68102241AA. You could most likely get this from any Dodge dealer. Good thing it was only $11.

3. Oil is tough to find. Your choices are limited. I used what Greg from Eurocompulsion recommended Pennzoil Platinum Euro Synthetic 5W-40 as used in Ferrari. $9.59 a quart...oh well only 4 quarts.

4. I did not have the socket to fit the oil filter cap...$6.50 for a 1 1/16 " socket.

5. The oil filter/cap is pretty snug getting it out of the hole and around everything. Be prepared to clean up a little oil. I suggest you pull the filter partially out and allow it to drain back in to the block for a while. Then be prepared to wrestle it out of there. Disconnecting the diverter valve connector will give you some extra clearance.

Thats about it... now go change your oil.:D
 

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Did you consider vacuum oil removal? This business of removing the belly pan is ridiculous! Not to mention up and down to get all the oil.
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Well I finished my first oil change. Not too bad...but there are a few interesting things.

1. You will need to jack the front up to remove the aluminum belly pan. In fact you will need to raise and lower a few times since the drain plug is on the front of the block to make sure the oil drains completely.

2. Oil filter was bought from Fiat dealership...Mopar part number 1-68102241AA. You could most likely get this from any Dodge dealer. Good thing it was only $11.

3. Oil is tough to find. Your choices are limited. I used what Greg from Eurocompulsion recommended Pennzoil Platinum Euro Synthetic 5W-40 as used in Ferrari. $9.59 a quart...oh well only 4 quarts.

4. I did not have the socket to fit the oil filter cap...$6.50 for a 1 1/16 " socket.

5. The oil filter/cap is pretty snug getting it out of the hole and around everything. Be prepared to clean up a little oil. I suggest you pull the filter partially out and allow it to drain back in to the block for a while. Then be prepared to wrestle it out of there. Disconnecting the diverter valve connector will give you some extra clearance.

Thats about it... now go change your oil.:D
That sounds like so much, um, fun that I will gladly pay someone else to do it. ;)

I'm glad you enjoyed it, though.
 

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Thanks for the nice write-up. How many miles were you at? And what jacking points did you use?

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Adding up these prices, having the dealer do it for $54 using all-Fiat/Mopar approved filter and oil seems even more the better deal. Maybe I'm just getting lazy in my old age but having to jack and re-jack the car seems very time consuming.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and tips for changing oil - very helpful and much appreciated information.
 

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Rotella T6 full synthetic 5W-40 twenty-one dollars a gallon at Wal-Mart.
 
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This Rotella T6 says it is for diesels. Based on the other oil thread, I'm not sure this meets the specifications called out by Fiat.
It does.
 

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This Rotella T6 says it is for diesels. Based on the other oil thread, I'm not sure this meets the specifications called out by Fiat.
Rotella T6 is also formulated for gasoline engines. Look for "Multi-Vehicle" on the label. Here is what Shell says about gasoline and diesel use. http://rotella.shell.com/products/shell-rotella--t6-multi-vehicle-5w-30-full-synthetic-heavy-duty-.html

I'm not sure it is available in a 5w-40. What I have used in the past is the 5w-30. I'm still looking for the "Multi-Vehicle" version in the 5W-40 weight. If I can't find it, I guess I'll go with a different Shell brand.
 

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Rotella T6 is also formulated for gasoline engines. Look for "Multi-Vehicle" on the label. Here is what Shell says about gasoline and diesel use. http://rotella.shell.com/products/shell-rotella--t6-multi-vehicle-5w-30-full-synthetic-heavy-duty-.html

I'm not sure it is available in a 5w-40. What I have used in the past is the 5w-30. I'm still looking for the "Multi-Vehicle" version in the 5W-40 weight. If I can't find it, I guess I'll go with a different Shell brand.
Shell Rotella T6 Synthetic Diesel 5W-40 Motor Oil, 1-Gal. (550045347)



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Shell Rotella T6 Synthetic Diesel 5W-40 Motor Oil, 1-Gal. (550045347)



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That particular product is for diesel use. It does not say "Multi-Vehicle." According to one source, oil rated for diesel use has additives that can damage your catalytic converter. I doubt that it is significant, but I am not willing to take the chance. It is possible that the new standards for diesels have eliminated that threat. I have a request in to Shell Rotella to clarify this and expect to hear from them on Monday.
 
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That Rotella says "HEAVY DUTY DIESEL ENGINE OIL" right on the label. That just doesn't sit well with me. But to each their own - I'll be getting the Pennzoil. That 6-pack in my Amazon link comes out to just under $29 a gallon.
 
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