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Jeff From WI.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:14 am    Post subject: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just bought a 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport 1/4 ton pickup with 61,000 original miles and in great shape inside and out and under it to.

What is the best oil I should use in this little truck and is it a 5 quart system with the filter?

It has been a while since I drove a gas truck, I am use to using Shell Rotella 15 W 40 in my Diesels.

I am the third owner, the 88 year old owner I bought it from had it for 12 years and only put on 21,000 miles and never drove it in the winter.
The dip stick has a smell to it, That is why I think I should change it.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Check the date codes on the tires. If they are more than 7 years old I wouldn't travel over 55 mph on them. I would bet my family's life on them either.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just use a good quality 5w30 and change every 3-4000 miles. When I worked for Chrysler we always used Quaker State oil.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You did say what engine but most are 6qt w/filter 5w30 or 10w30.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Whoops it has V6 in it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I ran mobil 1 in my 1996 dodge 1500 the first 150kmiles and when I replaced the timing chain & gears it was nice and clean inside good oil is worth it
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1996 Dodge Dakota Sport? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd go with a 5-30 in winter and 10-40 or 15-40 in summer. Those 3.9's run OK but I never liked them. They copied Chevy and cut 2 cylinders off a V8, but they did it with the little one instead of the big one.

Used to run all Pennzoil or Quaker State, til I tried running a nut down on a 1/2 inch (new and clean) bolt with Valvoline on my fingers. Switched everything over after that.

All Dodge Magnum 3.9, 318, and 360s held 5 quarts of oil.

Auto or stick? If it's an auto get it serviced. The fluid (ATF+4/type 7176) is only good for about 20,000 miles under ideal conditions (60-75 degrees, pavement, 50-60 MPH, no load, no stop and go). I run Dexron3/Mercon instead of the 7176, it's a lot cheaper and helps the clutches hold a little better.

Make sure you check the trans fluid in neutral once it's warmed up. If not you'll be running it up to 2 quarts low.
 
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