Modern vehicles need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still need fluid changes, inspections, and adjustments. You no longer need to do a tune-up every six months or change the oil every three months, but regular service and check-ups are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity. What follows is our quick reference guide for the fifth generation Dodge/Chrysler minivans, including Grand Caravan, Town & Country, and Caravan Cargo with various gasoline powered V6 engines, taken directly from chrischona2015.org manual 30014.

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Most of these recommended routine maintenance tasks you can do yourself at home for practically no money, as long as you have a few simple tools and the time to invest. If you need more guidance, or even step by step instructions and a video demonstration, get the online manual, or our traditional printed manual.

Oil Change

Oil TypeAPI “Certified for gasoline engines”
Oil Viscosity 
3.3L and 3.8L enginesSAE 5W-20
4.0L enginesSAE 10W-30
3.6L enginesSAE 5W-30
Oil Capacity (including filter) 
3.3L and 3.8L engines5.0 quarts
3.6L engines6.0 quarts
4.0L engines5.5 quarts
Recommended Fastener Torque 
Engine oil drain plug20 ft-lbs
Engine oil filter cap (3.6L engine)18 ft-lbs

Transmission Fluid Change

Automatic Transaxle Fluid TypeMopar ATF +4 fluid or equivalent
Automatic Transaxle (drain and refill)** 
42TE (4-speed)4.0 quarts
62TE (6-speed)5.5 quarts
**The best way to determine the amount of fluid to add during a routine fluid change is to measure the amount drained. It’s important to not overfill the transaxle
Recommended Fastener Torque 
Automatic Transaxle Oil Pan Mounting Bolts 
41TE (4-speed)165 in-lbs
62TE (6-speed)105 in-lbs
Transaxle Filter Mounting Nuts 
62TE (6-speed) only40 in-lbs

Cooling System Flush and Fill

Coolant TypeMopar 5yr/100k mile Formula coolant with H.O.A.T. (Hybrid Organic Additive Tech) mixed 50/50 with water
Cooling System Capacity*** 
3.3L and 3.6L engines13.4 quarts
3.8L and 4.0L engines16.3 quarts
***Includes heater and coolant reservoir.

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Drivebelt tensioner mounting bolt 
3.3L and 3.8L engines21 Ft-lbs
3.6L engine41 Ft-lbs
4.0L engine45 Ft-lbs
Spark plugs 
3.3L and 3.8L enginest156 in-lbs
3.6L engine168 in-lbs
4.0L engine20 Ft-lbs
Wheel lug nuts100 Ft-lbs
Brake Caliper Guide Pin Bolts26 Ft-lbs
Caliper Bracket Bolts 
Front 
2012 and earlier models125 Ft-lbs
2013 and later models150 Ft-lbs
Rear74 Ft-lbs

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Maintenance Schedule

The following intervals are based on the assumption that you will be doing the service work yourself, as opposed to paying to have the work done. These are our recommended minimum maintenance intervals for vehicles that are driven daily, and in many cases are shorter than the factory’s recommendations. Because frequent maintenance enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your car, we encourage you to follow our schedule. If you drive in dusty areas, tow a trailer, idle or drive at low speeds for extended periods, or drive for short periods (less than four miles at a time) in below freezing temperatures, even smaller intervals are recommended.

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When the vehicle is new, follow the maintenance schedule to the letter, record it in your owner’s manual and keep all receipts to protect the warranty and resale value. In many cases the initial maintenance check is done by the dealer at no cost (check with the service department when you buy the truck for more information).

Every 250 miles or weekly, whichever comes first

Check the engine oil levelCheck the engine coolant levelCheck the windshield washer fluid levelCheck the brake fluid levelCheck the power steering fluid levelCheck the tires and tire pressuresCheck the operation of all lightsCheck the horn operation 

Every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first

All items listed above, plus:

Change the engine oil and filterCheck and replace, if necessary, the air filter element

Every 6,000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first

All items listed above, plus:

Check the wiper blade conditionCheck and clean the battery and terminalsRotate the tiresCheck the seatbeltsCheck the condition of all underhood hoses and connectionsCheck the cooling system hoses and connections for leaks and damageCheck and replace, if necessary, the air filter element

Every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

All items listed above, plus:  

Check the automatic transaxle fluid levelCheck the brake systemCheck the suspension components and driveaxle bootsCheck the exhaust pipes and hangersCheck the fuel system hoses and connections for leaks and damageReplace the cabin air filter

Every 30,000 miles or 30 months, whichever comes first

All items listed above, plus:

Check the drivebeltsReplace the air filter element* Replace the brake fluid

Every 60,000 miles or 60 months, whichever comes first

All items listed above, plus:

Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve* 

Every 60 months (regardless of mileage)

Service the cooling system (drain, flush and refill)

Every 100,000 miles

Replace the spark plugsReplace the spark plug wires (3.3L and 3.8L engines)Change the automatic transaxle fluid and filter*

Every 120,000 miles or 120 months, whichever comes first

Replace the timing belt (4.0L engine only)

 

* If operated in "severe conditions" perform these procedures at these recommended intervals:

3,000 miles - Check and replace, if necessary, the air filter element60,000 miles - Change the automatic transaxle fluid and filter