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oil change!!!

im about to take my challenger r/t to jiffy loop for a oil change. this is my first time going to get a oil change in my new car. so what kind of oil should i put in the challenger?
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im about to take my challenger r/t to jiffy loop for a oil change. this is my first time going to get a oil change in my new car. so what kind of oil should i put in the challenger?
My 5.7L says 5w-20 right on the oil cap.

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You have the option of using "dino" oil or synthetic. I would go with the more expensive synthetic for the ultimate in engine protection. Expect, however, to pay double.

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You will get hundreds of different answers to this question. I have a 5.7 and use 5w20 conventional. Some switch to full synthetic after break in period. With the quality of today's oil I do not see the need to do so when I compare price vs. performance. I would recommend you do a search and research the threads and make your decision then.
The only thing I would suggest is that you do the change yourself if at all possible. There are many horror stories about quick lube joints: scratched pain, door dings, and even not replacing the drain plug. Plus unless you buy the oil, take it to them, and watch them pour it in you really don't know what type of oil they are putting in your beloved engine.
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The only thing I would suggest is that you do the change yourself if at all possible. There are many horror stories about quick lube joints: scratched pain, door dings, and even not replacing the drain plug. Plus unless you buy the oil, take it to them, and watch them pour it in you really don't know what type of oil they are putting in your beloved engine.
X2 to that. I have had everything from stripped drain plugs to oil sprayed on the side of my car.

Also, I would recommend using synthetic. These Challengers aren't exactly cheap, so I say go with the better oil...especially considering how long the manual suggests you go between oil changes.
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Let me get this straight.... Your asking about oil quality type ect, so obviously you care for your car. Why are you going to a quick lube place? Pay the extra $10 go to your dealer or a mechanic that is warranty approved rather than some guy that could care less about your car and is jut thinking about when he can have his next smoke


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X2 to that. I have had everything from stripped drain plugs to oil sprayed on the side of my car.

Also, I would recommend using synthetic. These Challengers aren't exactly cheap, so I say go with the better oil...especially considering how long the manual suggests you go between oil changes.
Yep, no one touches my cars. Did my first change at 14, now 52!

Couldn't agree more on the above quote.

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You will get hundreds of different answers to this question. I have a 5.7 and use 5w20 conventional. Some switch to full synthetic after break in period. With the quality of today's oil I do not see the need to do so when I compare price vs. performance. I would recommend you do a search and research the threads and make your decision then.
The only thing I would suggest is that you do the change yourself if at all possible. There are many horror stories about quick lube joints: scratched pain, door dings, and even not replacing the drain plug. Plus unless you buy the oil, take it to them, and watch them pour it in you really don't know what type of oil they are putting in your beloved engine.
^^^^^ I agree.

....and if you really want to know more about oil, OCI's (oil change intervals), compare UOA's (used oil analysis), etc., join the forums/discussions at bobistheooilguy.com. For added peace of mind, another option is to start doing a couple of UOA's yourself. Companies like Blackstone Labs will send you a free test kit to collect your sample. You then mail it to them for analysis (standard test costs $25). This is the only way to truly determine how well the oil is currently performing in your application and what OCI is optimal in your case.

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5w-20 synthetic. You can get it at Walmart for $21-25 for a 5qt jug.

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read the owner's manual and don't go to Jiffy Lube. If you can physically do it yourself, then do it yourself. They will strip your oil plug put the wrong oil in and probably not even get the quantity right. These cars are too nice to leave in the hands of the incompetent and uncaring.
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