The oil capacity of the 2013 Dodge Dart ranges from 4 quarts to 5.5 quarts, depending on which engine it has.
If you still have this 2010s gem, you’ll want to take extra care of it to make sure it lasts. If it’s time for a routine oil change, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the 2013 Dodge Dart’s oil capacity. Let’s get into it.
2013 Dodge Dart engine oil capacity
First, you’ll need to know which engine your Dart has. The 2013 Dodge Dart comes with one of three engines: a 1.4L turbo inline-four-cylinder engine, a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine, or a 2.4L inline-four-cylinder engine.
If your car runs on the 1.4L turbo, you’re looking at an oil capacity of 4 quarts, or 3.8 liters. The other two engines will need a bit more oil: the 2.0L engine needs 5 quarts (4.7 liters) and the 2.4L engine needs 5.5 quarts (5.2 liters).
Be careful not to get your engine’s oil capacity confused with its displacement. These two measurements are similar in nature, but should not be used interchangeably. For example, the 2.4L engine doesn’t indicate a need for 2.4 liters of oil—it just means that the engine itself takes up 2.4L of volume.
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What kind of oil does a 2013 Dodge Dart need?
Now that you know the oil capacity, it’s time for the next step in the process: determining what kind of oil your Dart needs. Believe it or not, different kinds of oil can make a big difference in your car, so don’t go picking out the first 5-quart container you see.
For the 1.4L turbo engine, you should use SAE 5W-40 synthetic engine oil that is API Certified and meets the requirements of Chrysler Material Standard MS-12991.
If you have the 2.0L or the 2.4L engine, you should still choose an oil that is API Certified, but it should meet the requirements of Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395. SAE 0W-20 engine oil is recommended because it will improve your Dart’s fuel economy and its ability to function at low temperatures.
If you’re not able to get your hands on SAE 0W-20 oil, you can use SAE 5W-20 API Certified oil in a pinch—but this isn’t a sustainable long-term option.
Lastly, be sure to avoid engine oils with any additives (other than leak detection dyes).
But what do all of those cryptic numbers mean? Let’s break it down.
The first part, SAE, stands for the Society of Automotive Engineers. The number before the “W” is the oil’s viscosity—how thick or thin it is—in low temperatures. The “W” just stands for winter. The number after the “W” represents the oil’s viscosity in higher temperatures (i.e., after the vehicle is started and heats up).
All this means is that Dodge recommends you use oils that perform well in low temperatures and have a low viscosity. You’ll want it that way to prevent any unnecessary damage or wear to your engine.
If you’ve got the 1.4L turbo engine, there’s one more vocabulary word you’ll need to learn: synthetic oil. That just means that the oil is chemically developed from petrochemicals. Synthetic oils usually have higher-quality base oils, which can be better for your engine than conventional oils.
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How often to change the oil on a 2013 Dodge Dart
How do you know when it’s time for an oil change? There are a few ways to tell.
For starters, the oil change indicator should illuminate on your dash, or the message “Change oil” should appear. But as a more general rule of thumb, you should try to get your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles if using conventional oil or every 7,000 to 10,000 miles if using synthetic.
No matter what, you should never wait longer than 10,000 miles or one year to change your oil—whichever is sooner. If you don’t drive often, consider changing your oil every six months.
If you’re still not quite sure, here are some more tangible signs that will let you know when to change your oil:
- Oil appears dark or black, like soda
- Oil feels gritty or sandy
- Engine is making strange noises
- Smells like burning, oil, or smoke when vehicle is on
- Performance changes
How to change your oil and oil filter
Want to save a few bucks and change your oil at home? First things first, you’ll need to get your supplies together.
Get yourself a drain pan, filter wrench, socket wrench, and new washer in addition to your new oil and oil filter. Make sure you have the right amount of the right kind of oil for your engine.
Also, make sure you choose a replacement filter that is a full-flow type disposable oil filter. A high-quality filter will ensure your car keeps performing its best for years to come.
Now, you’re ready to get started. Start your engine and let it run for a while until the car gets hot—about five minutes. Then, turn the engine off, pop your hood, and do as follows:
- Remove the oil fill cap
- Get underneath the engine and remove the oil drain bolt and washer, draining the old oil into the drain pan
- Remove the old oil filter and continue to let the oil drain
- Install the new filter
- Replace the oil drain bolt using a new washer and tighten it to 29 lb-ft
- Refill the engine with your new oil and replace the fill cap
After you’ve got your shiny new oil in place, turn the car back on and let it warm up for 30 seconds or so. This will give the oil a chance to settle into the oil filter. After that, take your dipstick and use it to ensure that the amount of oil you added to the engine is enough. If it isn’t, add some more.
That’s it! For the finishing touches, let the vehicle run for a bit and look out for any possible leaks.
A small but important part of changing your oil is the clean-up. To properly dispose of your old oil, put it in a jar or other sealable container, and take it to your local dealership or auto parts store for advice on how to properly dispose of it in a way that won’t hurt the environment.
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