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post #61 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 01:16 PM
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What is this with some taking 5 quarts and some taking 6 quarts???
I don't know. Mine takes 5, and I have the factory towing package.

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post #62 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 03:07 PM
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I don't know. Mine takes 5, and I have the factory towing package.
Mine takes 6, and I have the factory tow package too.

I wonder if some FCA bean counter figured out the engine could run just fine with 5 quarts instead of 6 and thus saved a quart of oil on every vehicle sold by simply changing the dip stick. Hard to imagine that there is actually a different oil pan between vans that use 6 vs. 5 quarts.

I measured my dip stick. The full mark (hole) is 24 11/16" from the flange of the yellow pull handle. Maybe someone with a van that uses 5 quarts can measure theirs and let us know if there is a difference.

The part numbers printed on my dip stick are 68166699AA AT-3 21074 007

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The Ram Pro Master V-6 is also a pentastar engine, and it takes 5.9 quarts. I wonder if some of those engines get put into pacifica's.

Mine takes 5qt, dip stick length is same as yours, PN is same, but ends in 21074 3.

My engine has been replaced, but old one took 5 qts as well.

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post #64 of 65 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 05:26 PM
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The Ram Pro Master V-6 is also a pentastar engine, and it takes 5.9 quarts. I wonder if some of those engines get put into pacifica's.

Mine takes 5qt, dip stick length is same as yours, PN is same, but ends in 21074 3.

My engine has been replaced, but old one took 5 qts as well.
So if dip stick is the same then the 6 quart vans must have a deeper/larger oil pan. Perhaps what you wrote about the Pro Master engine is the answer. As I wrote in an earlier post, the dealer did the first oil change on my van and their invoice stated 6 quarts. When I did the subsequent oil change I put in 6 quarts. The oil level is right at the full mark on the dip stick, as it was after the dealer oil change.

Thanks for checking you dip stick.

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post #65 of 65 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 10:27 AM
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I tried my first through-the-dipstick change on our Pacifica today. FYI, you CAN do it with a $5 orange hand pump from Harbor Freight, but the number of pumps it takes is A LOT.... Like teenage boy with new Sears catalog lot.... I liked the cleanliness of the process, and am now going to grab a cheapie electric pump of some type. I think I've pulled my last drain plug for normal servicing.
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