2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Engine Oil Capacity

Interested in cutting garage costs by changing your own oil? You’ll need to know your 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 engine oil capacity first.
Written by Abbey Orzech
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 pairs sheer size and sleek style with the best-in-class gas mileage to give its drivers a truly quality driving experience. And knowing its engine oil capacity will help keep this truck in its prime condition. 
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2015 Dodge Ram 1500 engine oil capacity

Let’s start with what we’re all here for—what is the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500’s engine oil capacity? 
The base model of this truck has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with an engine oil capacity of 6.0 quarts or 5.6 liters
Don’t let the two liter measurements trip you up here. The 3.6-liter measurement tells us the engine displacement, or the volume taken up by the engine cylinders. This is not the engine oil capacity, which tells you how much oil you need to pour in each oil change. 

What kind of oil does a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 need?

We’ve established the amount of oil necessary for your 2015 Ram 1500—now, what kind of oil do you need? 
Don’t just head to the store and grab the first bottle of oil you see. Instead, you’ll need to look for a premium grade 5W-20 motor oil. What does that grade mean? 
The oil grade describes an oil’s viscosity at the engine’s cold start temperature and normal operating temperature. 
The 5W tells us the ideal oil has a low viscosity at a cold start temperature (basically, winter conditions). The 20 denotes a higher, but still relatively low viscosity at the engine’s normal operating temperature of around 212°F. 
You’re looking for an oil grade of 5W-20 because it will provide the ideal oil viscosity conditions for your specific engine and help to ensure there’s no excess wear and tear. It won’t matter if you use conventional motor oil or synthetic oil so long as you use the correct grade
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How often to change the oil of a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 

Now that you know how much and what type of oil to buy, you can determine whether it’s time for an oil change and get to work. 
Dodge recommends an oil change for the 2015 Ram 1500 every 3,000 to 5,000 miles if you’re using conventional oil. Synthetic motor oil is designed to last longer, so if you’re filling up with this, you’re able to put 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. 
Your timeline may be shorter or longer depending on your driving frequency and terrain. If your Ram hits the trails every weekend, you may need more frequent oil changes. 
If your truck spends more time in the garage than on the streets, you can often get away with more time between oil changes.
In either scenario, you should keep an eye out for symptoms of low levels or poor oil quality, including: 
  • Dark brown or black oil. Clean engine oil will look amber or light brown. 
  • Gritty texture. Keep an eye out for debris or grit in your oil. Your oil should be as smooth as syrup. 
  • New engine noises. Engine knock can happen with dirty or low levels of oil. 
  • Burning oil smell. This is a tell-tale sign of low levels or contaminated motor oil. 
  • Decreased vehicle performance. Reduced gas mileage? Sputtering when accelerating? Check your oil. 

How to change your oil and oil filter

Whether you’ve reached the mileage limit or have noticed symptoms of poor oil quality, it’s time to head to the garage. But first, gather your materials:
  • Socket wrench 
  • Drain pan 
  • Filter wrench 
  • New oil filter 
  • 6 quarts of premium 5W-20 motor oil 
You should change your oil after your engine has had time to warm up. Take a few laps around the block or let your engine idle for 10-20 minutes so your engine can reach its normal operating temperature
Then, turn the engine off while your car is on a level surface and follow these steps: 
  • Open the hood and remove the oil fill cap.
  • Head under the engine with your socket wrench and drain pan, then remove the oil bolt. The old oil will begin draining. 
  • Remove the old oil filter
  • Once the old oil is completely drained, install the new oil filter
  • Replace the oil drain bolt and clean up any excess oil. 
  • Fill the engine with the new oil and replace the fill cap. 
Check the oil dipstick to make sure the oil level is where it should be and then let your engine idle again so you can check for leaks. After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary.
Once you’ve confirmed your DIY oil change was a success, put the old oil into a sealable container and bring it to your local recycling center for proper disposal. Old oil should never go into your trash or be dumped on the ground. 

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