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DIY: 2012 300 Pentastar 3.6L V6 Oil Change

2012 3.6L Pentastar Oil Change

Jack here, i'm new to the forums and American cars. I've always been one to do my own maintenance on my car because no one's going to take care of it as well as you do. My 2012 300 just hit about 4,700 miles and it's time for it's first oil change! Haven't seen any DIY's on this yet so i'd thought i'd post this and hopefully it'll help those who are looking to change their own oil since this is very similar to how oil changes were done on my BMW 335i.

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-6 Quarts of 5w-30
**Pictured is Mobil1 Extended Performance 5w-30 which has excellent UOA's but I just discovered that it is NOT Chrysler MS-6395 spec'd. I will be switching to Amsoil Synthetic 5W-30 for the next oil change. Don't want to give the dealerships any reason to void your warranty :P

-Mopar MO-744 Oil Filter ($10.00 at the Dealer)
-8mm Socket
-13mm Socket
-15/16 inch Socket
-Ratchet(s) to accommodate the above listed sockets
-Oil Drain Pan
-Rags
-Means of lifting up your car
**In this DIY I used Rhino Ramps, if using a jack please refer to your manual for proper jack points




Underneath the car

Looking underneath there's a protective tray that needs to be removed in order to access the drain bolt. Fortunately there are only four 8mm (circled in red) bolts keeping the tray in place. Remove these then pull the tray outwards towards the rear. Slides right out!



Without the tray



Remove the 13mm bolt to drain the oil (Don't forget to unplug your oil fill cap up top for a faster drain)



Let all the oil drain out and then re-tighten the drain bolt. Leave the tray off and head up to the engine bay.

Engine Bay

Circled is the cap that holds the oil filter, remove it by using the 15/16" socket and turning counter clockwise. Once loose I prefer to hand loosen it.



Pull the old oil filter outwards to remove it. We are now going to install the new o-ring which should come with your oil filter. Pull it off and replace it with the new one.



O-Ring



Out with the old in with the new



After replacing the o-ring, place the new filter onto the cap with the prong side going into the oil cap. You should see the indentations for it and it should click into place. If installed right the filter will not fall out no matter how it's held. I usually like to apply a little bit of new oil to the filter but this is up to you. After replacing the filter and o-ring reinstall the oil filter cap.

Pour in 6 Quarts of new oil



Close the fill cap and clean up any oil with rags. Turn on your car and check for any leaks. Underneath and in the engine bay. Double check with your dipstick to make sure oil levels are correct as well. If everything checks out reinstall the tray underneath and you're done!! Congrats!!

FYI

It'd be a good idea to keep records and receipts for proof of maintenance in case the dealer decides to ask later on for warranty purposes. Have to have some kind of proof right? I just keep a log with receipts.

Feel free to comment if I may have missed something or if I could've clarified things any better. If anyone knows how to reset the oil change light please PM me or inform me so I can update this DIY. I haven't received the light yet but i'm sure it'll come on later. Also, I want to think that the 2011 is done the same way but I can never be too sure so if someone later verifies that it is or isn't I will be sure to update on that as well.


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Nice Write Up for the V6 Guys?

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Nice Write Up for the V6 Guys?
Thanks! Yeah, finally went American but didn't do the hemi right? My cheap Asian blood was boiling when I saw 31 MPG on the billboards LOL. Maybe the oil filter part may help clarify some confusion for all displacements? (Shrugs)

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Just realized that I posted this in the wrong sections. Sorry mods, i've resubmitted it to the pending DIY section. Please delete this thread.
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No need to be ashamed of the V6 Pentastar powerplant as it is an excellent platform and has it's advantages over the V8 MPG being one of them.
I'm a big fan of detailed write-ups. I did plenty of them with HD photos as I was modding my Twin Turbo 300ZX which helped out other forum members. Maybe I'll follow suite and do one for the V8 guys.
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To reset the oil minder

Turn the ignition "on", but do not start the car

Within 10 seconds depress the gas pedal 4 times

Turn the ignition off.
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Thank you sir for your post with pics...will be very helpful to those of us who want to do this ourselves. I've been very happy with the performance and efficiency of the 3.6 pentastar. Once this thing is actually unlocked, I can't wait to see what the potential of this engine is with a few intake and exhaust mods.

Speaking of Mobil 1....I've used Mobil 1 full synthetic 5w-30 ever since I owned this vehicle. The dealer I go to is impressed that I use this grade of motor oil. He has never mentioned anything about Chrysler MS-6395. Is the extended performance a different type of grade than standard 5w-30 full synthetic? I've never had a car before when Mobil 1 full synthetic didn't meet or exceed the standard.

Thanks again for the write up, and I hope you are enjoying your 300 as much as I am (I miss mine every day I'm in the sandbox).
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What brand filter are you all using in your Pentastar 3.6L other than the MOPAR brand? Have read and heard that the FRAM is not the way to go.
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What brand filter are you all using in your Pentastar 3.6L other than the MOPAR brand? Have read and heard that the FRAM is not the way to go.
Hmmmmmm. Just bought a Fram for my upcoming oil change in a month or so. I would be interested in see some replies on this.
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Hmmmmmm. Just bought a Fram for my upcoming oil change in a month or so. I would be interested in see some replies on this.
Fram has had a poor reputation for many years now, maybe since the mid to late '80's? I think that's when Allied Signal acquired the company? I know from observation they shrunk (1/4" to 3/8" inch in length?) the Ford / Mopar "standard" PH8A filter about then. Build quality has been demonstrated to be less than other brands and filter media less dense. Cummins charged Fram with warranty repairs back in the nineties. Its been a long time, memories fade but that's the gist of what I recall. I have not looked into this in many years now. I moved to Wix / Napa 51773 / Ford HD truck filters as they fit all my old Chrysler products and add capacity.

On the other hand, Fram's seem to be sufficient for the job, failures aren't exactly widespread.

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