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    How to change oil in 2006 Caravan

    Do i have to get a service manual to know how to change oil in my van, I tried googling it but nothing comes up, any help will be appreciated
    thx

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    It is very standard. You will need an oil filter wrench, drain pan, and a 5/8 wrench. (at least my 3rd gen is 5/8, may be different on your newer van). Along with a new filter and 5 quarts of oil (5w-20).

    1. Place drain pan under filter area, the filter is the canister thing on the front of the engine block facing the radiator.
    2. Use filter wrench, or a gorilla grip, to remove the old filter. Some oil will come spilling out, reason for drain pan there.
    3. Take new filter, stick your finger in a dab of the old oil on the old filter and oil the rubber gasket on it.
    4. Screw new filter on by hand, once it stops spinning freely, give it another 1/4 to 1/2 turn. DO NOT use the wrench to tighten it.
    5. Move drain pan to under oil pan by the drain plug, and remove the plug.
    6. Wait until the oil stops draining, it will slow down to a drip. Replace the drain plug, do not tighten it a ton.
    7. Pour in 5 quarts of new oil slowly as to avoid backing up the valve cover and causing spills.
    8. Start engine, the oil light should turn off within 5-8 seconds after starting the van.
    9. Run the engine for a minuts then shut off and let it sit for 5 minutes then check the oil and top off if necessary.
    10. Run the engine again, maybe a short trip and inspect for any leaks around the filter and drain plug.


    There isn't anything special about the van, you can use any basic oil change how to for it.
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    Crawl under and look on the passenger side of the engine, that is the engine side. There is a pan and on one end of it, toward the back, is a bolt, 13 millimeter I think. It is always best to use a 6 sided socket to take it off. It unscrews normally, counterclockwise. Put a pan under it and catch the oil, it will tend to shoot out more toward the back of the car, so have your pan more on that end, toward the rear of the car. The oil filter should be visible toward the front of the pan up higher, on most, but it will be obvious. You can buy a filter at the store and see what size it is and get an oil filter wrench of the right size that goes on your filter. If you have an old real leather belt, you can wrap it around itself and the filter counterclockwise, and if you wet the belt a little it helps, it would pull it off as you pull on the belt without using a wrench. Move the pan under the filter before you take it off. Put a little fresh oil on rubber seal of the new filter and screw it on 3/4 turn past touching. Then refill the oil, usually 5 qts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aliahmer View Post
    Do i have to get a service manual to know how to change oil in my van, I tried googling it but nothing comes up, any help will be appreciated
    thx
    How much do you know about oil changes? Changing oil and filter for your 2006 Caravan should be a breeze if you have any experience.

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    Thanks a lot for this info, my hubby used to change oil in our previous cars ( nissan xterra 2004 and corolla 2006), I think it will be not that bad for him, thanks again

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    mine is a 19mm drain plug, but not the original oil pan so not sure if the OE plug size is the same

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    this is what mine looks like, of course I only install the fumoto oil drain valve because sometime a shop cross treaded my original plug even though I could still get the plug to work, it would get loose then tight then loose, and didn't seem to seat all the way, I deceided to put this in so I could post pone a oil pan replacement by not having to remove the plug
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    My oil pan drain plug is a 17MM. and it is the original one to my van. I do like the looks of that FUMOTO drain plug and will be considering it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trophyslayer View Post


    this is what mine looks like, of course I only install the fumoto oil drain valve because sometime a shop cross treaded my original plug even though I could still get the plug to work, it would get loose then tight then loose, and didn't seem to seat all the way, I deceided to put this in so I could post pone a oil pan replacement by not having to remove the plug
    Seems to me that you would ruin your day if you run over something like a piece of truck tire, or something and it gets ripped off, the oil drains out on the road, ----.

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    the plug dosn't stick down from the bottom of the pan, it goes out the back, like the original, and it is not the lowest point, the pan would still be hit first anyway, the photo was not of it on my van, just one I found

    I am due to change my oil in about 2weeks, will get a pic of it then
    2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT v6 3.8L
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