thanks great info so I guess my owners manual is actually the dvd not a book is that right. thanksFrom page 237 of the owner's manual:
Engine Oil Change Indicator System
Oil Change Required
Your vehicle is equipped with an engine oil change
indicator system. The “Oil Change Required” message
will flash in the EVIC 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, press and release the MENU button.
To reset the oil change indicator system (after
performing the scheduled maintenance) refer to the following
From page 445 of the owner's manual:
NOTE:Under no circumstances should oil change intervals
exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or twelve months,
whichever occurs first.
Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, the manufacturer only
recommends engine oils that are API Certified and meet
the requirements of Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395.
I personally change mine every 3000-4000 miles, or every 6 months. Whichever comes first.
Yeh, I confess I am with you on this one. I drove two Ford Crown Vics and changed oil every 3,000 to 3,500 miles. Got 200,000 miles out of each one, no problems!! I know the modern cars don't need it quite that often, but I am pretty sure it will be hard for me to change the old habits!Maybe I am just stuck in old school mode, but every 4K, fresh oil & filter goes in. Been doing that on all my cars for almost 40 years and it has never failed me.
My Dakota is getting ready to roll over 300K in a month or so and she doesnt burn a drop - although with her I change every 3K because its an older engine design that wasnt as tightly built tolerance-wise as the current engines.
I just cant get past the viceral reaction of waiting 10K miles or 1 year between oil changes. Maybe its me, but it just doesnt feel right....