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What kind of motor oil does a 2003Dodge Caravan SE van use.

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THE 2.4L ENGINES USE 5W-30 3.3L AND 3.8L ENGINES USE 5W - 20

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    My repair manual also says 5w-20 but my owners manual says 5w -30 . I called the local dodge dealer and he said 5w-30 but he also said 10w 30 in colder weather and I know that 10w 30 is for a hotter climate. So who really knows

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Likely you will get about a hundred different answers on your question.
The best oil is one that will suit your driving needs and expected the area temperatures.
Generally, In your vehicle, at average temps of from 35 degrees to 80 degrees (f) you will do well with either a synthetic or conventional oil rated at 10W 40 or even a 10W 30. In colder climates you would use a 5W 30 conventional oil but can run any of the heavier weight synthetics. That is because the synthetics actually exceed the designations on both ends of the scale.
Most important aside from the type of lubricant is your filter. Even the best oil will slowly turn to liquid sandpaper if not filtered well. Choose the filter that offers the smallest micron filtration rating. That will keep the abrasive contaminants in check and add years of life to your engine.
Despite any manufacturers change intervals, it's best not to exceed 4,000 miles between changes..

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5w 30

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