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2008-18 Dodge Grand Caravan (and Cargo)/Chrysler Town & Country Van Routine Maintenance FAQ

2008-18 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country

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 Haynes manual 30014.

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 Type API “Certified for gasoline engines”
Oil Viscosity  
3.3L and 3.8L engines SAE 5W-20
4.0L engines SAE 10W-30
3.6L engines SAE 5W-30
Oil Capacity (including filter)  
3.3L and 3.8L engines 5.0 quarts
3.6L engines 6.0 quarts
4.0L engines 5.5 quarts
Recommended Fastener Torque  
Engine oil drain plug 20 ft-lbs
Engine oil filter cap (3.6L engine) 18 ft-lbs

Transmission Fluid Change

Automatic Transaxle Fluid Type Mopar 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) only 40 in-lbs

Cooling System Flush and Fill

Coolant Type Mopar 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 engines 13.4 quarts
3.8L and 4.0L engines 16.3 quarts
***Includes heater and coolant reservoir.

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Power steering fluid Mopar® ATF +4 automatic transmission fluid or equivalent
Brake fluid DOT type 3 brake fluid

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Drivebelt tensioner mounting bolt  
3.3L and 3.8L engines 21 Ft-lbs
3.6L engine 41 Ft-lbs
4.0L engine 45 Ft-lbs
Spark plugs  
3.3L and 3.8L enginest 156 in-lbs
3.6L engine 168 in-lbs
4.0L engine 20 Ft-lbs
Wheel lug nuts 100 Ft-lbs
Brake Caliper Guide Pin Bolts 26 Ft-lbs
Caliper Bracket Bolts  
Front  
2012 and earlier models 125 Ft-lbs
2013 and later models 150 Ft-lbs
Rear 74 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.

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 level
  • Check the engine coolant level
  • Check the windshield washer fluid level
  • Check the brake fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tires and tire pressures
  • Check the operation of all lights
  • Check the horn operation 

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

All items listed above, plus:

  • Change the engine oil and filter
  • Check 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 condition
  • Check and clean the battery and terminals
  • Rotate the tires
  • Check the seatbelts
  • Check the condition of all underhood hoses and connections
  • Check the cooling system hoses and connections for leaks and damage
  • Check 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 level
  • Check the brake system
  • Check the suspension components and driveaxle boots
  • Check the exhaust pipes and hangers
  • Check the fuel system hoses and connections for leaks and damage
  • Replace the cabin air filter

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

All items listed above, plus:  

  • Check the drivebelts
  • Replace 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 plugs
  • Replace 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 element
  • 60,000 miles - Change the automatic transaxle fluid and filter