Performing all scheduled and recommended maintenance on your Dodge is imperative to keep it running well so you can avoid the many untimely, inconvenient, and possibly expensive repairs that come from neglect. Luckily, the days of the standardized manual maintenance schedule are coming to an end.
Smart technology, like Dodge’s Oil Change Indicator automatically monitors the oil life in your vehicle using the advanced Powertrain Control Module algorithm, an on board computer system that alerts owners when it’s time for an oil change, so they can address the issue promptly and without hassle. All the owner has to do is schedule an appointment with a trusted mechanic, take the vehicle in for servicing, and a mechanic will take care of the rest. With the Dodge owner’s consent, the servicer’s information can be scanned into the electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) to display the business name and phone number when the “OIL CHANGE DUE” is triggered on the dash.
How the Dodge Oil Change Indicator works and what to expect
The Dodge Oil Change Indicator system is not a simple oil quality sensor, but a software based, algorithm driven device that takes into account various operating conditions of the engine, the engine size, engine revolutions, and even ethanol levels in the fuel, to determine when the oil needs changing. That said, the computer does not strictly track mileage or the condition of the oil, but certain driving habits that can affect the life of the oil, as well as driving conditions such as temperature and driving terrain (but not dusty conditions). Lighter, more moderate driving conditions and temperature will require less frequent oil changes and maintenance, while more severe driving conditions will require more frequent oil changes and maintenance. Read the table below to see how the Oil Change Indicator system determines oil life.
Engine oil life is dependent not only on the factors listed above, but also on your specific vehicle model, year, and what type of oil is recommended. Check the owner’s manual for more information about what oil is recommended for your vehicle, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experienced professionals at Greenville Chrysler for advice. If your Dodge's Oil Change Indicator system is indicating that your vehicle is ready for servicing, have it check out by one of our certified mechanics at Greenville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat in Greenville TX. Schedule your next appointment online by clicking here.