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By Brad Marley
Updated on Aug 1, 2022
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff, Staff Editor.
The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth is a fun little number that has playful styling and stands out in a crowded field of subcompacts. It performs well but its reliability could be better. So to keep this car running in tip-top shape, you’ll need to know its engine oil capacity.
Owning any vehicle can come with costly car insurance, repairs, and maintenance expenses. But if you own a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth, you can reduce those costs by changing your oil at home. Before you do, refer to your owner’s manual to ensure you are using the right type of oil.
If you don’t know where your manual is or you prefer less dry reading material, you’re in the right place. Jerry, the super app that saves drivers time and money on car insurance, is here with the engine oil capacity of a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth, as well as the type of oil it takes, the steps to change your oil, and more.
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2015 Fiat 500 Abarth engine oil capacity
First, the answer to the question of the hour: how much oil does a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth need? The Abarth’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine can hold 4 quarts of oil or 3.7 liters.
It’s important to note your engine’s displacement (or cylinder volume) should not be confused with your oil capacity, which is the amount of oil your engine needs to run optimally. Displacement is different—the two numbers are not the same.
What kind of oil does a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth need?
Let’s discuss the type of oil you will need to complete an oil change yourself. Since not all engine oils are the same, don’t buy the first thing you see on the shelf.
Fiat recommends 10W-50 fully synthetic oil. Try to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendation for best performance.
But what does that code even mean? Well, the digits represent the oil’s viscosity or thickness. The W stands for winter. The 10 tells us this oil is on the thicker side and might not perform as well in the colder months. The 50 means it’s pretty thick when temperatures are high.
To put it all together, the lower the first number, the better the oil is in the winter. While this oil’s code indicates it doesn’t perform as well in the cold, it is still the oil Fiat recommends—and we’re confident there is a reason for it.
If you are still confused, here are some specific oil suggestions:
- Use the real thing: To follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter, use what the experts recommend for Fiats.
- Vehicles that drive a lot: If you are putting a lot of miles on your Fiat 500, Castrol Edge 5W-40 may be helpful.
- A high-quality synthetic blend: If you want to wait longer between oil changes, go with Advanced Valvoline Full Synthetic.
How often to change the oil on a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth
Congratulations! You know all there is to know about your 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth oil capacity and type. Now let’s get down to changing your oil.
Fiat recommends changing your oil every 8,000 miles if you are using full synthetic. It may seem like a long time, but synthetic oils last longer (score!). You might even be able to reach the 10,000-mile mark before a change.
To ensure you are changing your oil at the right interval, check your oil level on a regular basis—like once a month or every other time you get gas.
Here are some signs your oil needs to be changed:
- Dirty oil is dark in color (brown or black). Conversely, clean oil is light, like a cup of weak tea.
- Dirty oil feels gritty if you run it between your fingers.
- Noises you haven’t heard before could indicate your engine isn’t running smoothly.
- Smells that resemble smoke or burning are signs something is wrong.
- Changes in how your vehicle performs can be caused by old oil.
How to change your oil and oil filter
When it’s time to change the oil, you need the right stuff to do it. This includes a socket wrench, drain pan, and filter wrench. You’ll also need a replacement filter and 4 quarts of 10W-50 fully synthetic oil.
Run the engine to warm up the oil before you start. Once it reaches a normal operating temperature, turn off the engine and open the hood.
Here are the next steps:
- Take off the oil fill cap
- Slide below the car and remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the engine, then drain the old oil into the pan
- Take off the old filter while the oil drains
- 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
You can use a dipstick to make sure your oil levels are good. Once that’s done, turn the car on and let it run to see if there are any leaks. If you’ve done everything properly, the dashboard’s oil light should turn off.
Finally, place the dirty oil in a sealed container and recycle it at a local recycling center. You cannot put old oil in the regular trash.
Don’t forget regular insurance policy maintenance
That’s it! You’re on your way to changing your own oil on your 2005 Fiat 500 Abarth, which will surely save you time and money.
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