DIY 2011-16 Chrysler 200 Spark Plug Ignition Coil Replacement V6 Engine

Chrysler 200 Spark Plug Replacement Guide 3.6L V6

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Updated Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Chrysler 200 Spark Plug Replacement V6 EngineProblem


If you have been getting poor fuel economy or are experiencing other problems with your Chrysler 200 it may be time to replace the spark plugs. Old spark plugs can cause:

  • poor fuel economy,
  • the check engine light has turned on,
  • engine misfire
  • slow acceleration problems

chrylser 200 3.6 spark plug replacement diy guideAccording to Chrysler, the spark plugs should be changed when you reach 100,000 miles. This applies to 3.6L V6 engines and the interval is different for 2.4L 4 cylinder engines. In some cases, the spark plugs may fail as early as 60,000 miles. In such situations, the check engine light may turn on. Diagnostic trouble codes will be stored in the ECU and can easily be retrieved using a diagnostic scanner. Read this article on diagnosing the check engine light.

Related fault codes: 

  • P0300 P0300 Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected
  • P0301 - Cylinder 1 One Misfire Detected
  • P0302 - Cylinder 2 One Misfire Detected
  • P0303 - Cylinder 3 One Misfire Detected
  • P0304 - Cylinder 4 One Misfire Detected
  • P0305 - Cylinder 5 One Misfire Detected
  • P0306 - Cylinder 6 One Misfire Detected

Why this is important


chrysler 200 how to remove replace install new spark plugs cost diyIf you don't change your spark plugs at 100k mile mark, your fuel economy may decrease. You may notice poor engine performance and acceleration. If one of the spark plugs fails your engine will start to misfire. You will experience hesitation and engine shaking. The check engine light will start to flash. You shouldn't drive your Chrysler 200 if your check engine light is flashing as you may causing serious engine damage. 

Cost Comparison


By replacing the spark plug and coils yourself you will be saving several hundred dollars. Replacing the spark plugs at the Chrysler dealer will cost you $380-$500. If you have a few basic tools you can change the spark plugs in your Chrysler 200 for under $100, which is the cost for parts. It is highly recommended that you use either iridium or platinum spark plugs on your Chrysler 200. Don't install cheap copper spark plugs, especially since changing the spark plugs on a V6 Chrysler 200 isn't the easiest job on the planet. 

Dealer Mechanic You Mechanic
$380-$500 $300-$400 $80

how to change spark plugs on chrysler 200 6 cylinder 3.6 pentastar

Replacing the spark plugs on Chrysler 200 with the Pentastar V6 takes approximately two hours. If you are doing this job for the first time plan on at least three hours. You will need to remove the intake plenum in order to get to three of the six spark plugs. 

Instructions: Chrysler 200 Spark Plug Replacement 3.6L V6 Engine


In this Chrysler 200 spark plug replacement guide, you will learn how to replace the spark plugs and ignition coils on Chrysler 200 equipped with Pentastar 3.6L engine. This applies to Crysler 200 model years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Applicable Chrysler 200 models: LX, Touring, Limited, S, C. 

Watch the following video on how to replace the spark plugs on a six cylinder Chrysler 200. Applicable to model years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. A list of tools and parts that you will need has been included under Required Parts and Tools section. 

Ignition Coil and Spark Plug Replacement 3.6l Pentastar Engine

Instructions: Ignition Coil and Spark Plug Replacement Chrysler Pentastar Engine

(Pentastar 3.6L Engine)

Spark plug replacement 2011–2016 Chrysler 200[9] (Models: LX, Touring, Limited, S, and C)

Parts Required

  • Spark Plugs
    There are many options when it comes to the spark plugs but here are the Top 3 you should consider. Note that these spark plugs come pre-gaped and should not be changed. The required gap is 0.043". Spark plug tightening torque is 13 lb/ft. 
  • Ignition Coils
    • Mopar 5149168AI
      • OEM ignition coil for Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar engine. It is recommended to stay with original factory coils to avoid problems down the road. Interchange part number: UF648, C1791, 5C1848, E1148, 2505484816, Supersedes 5149168AH.

Tools you will need:

This is a list of tools that you will need to change the spark plugs and ignition coils on a 3.6L Pentastar engine. We hope you already have most of these tools. If you don't, we recommend that you invest in a mechanic tool set that has all these tools. Read this article on choosing the best tool set for DIY auto repair. 

  • 1/4" Drive Ratchet
  • 3" Extension (1/4")
  • 10 mm Socket
  • 8 mm socket
  • 5/8" Spark Plug Socket (3/8")
  • 12" Extension (3/8")
  • 3/8" Drive Rachet
  • Dielectric Grease
  • Torque Wrench
  • Spark plug gatting

DIY: Spark plug replacement Chrysler Pentastar Engine


  1. Let the engine cool down. Open the hood. 
  2. Disconnect negative battery terminal. 
  3. Remove engine cover by pulling it up. You don't need to remove any screws to remove the engine cover. 
  4. Disconnect the vacuum lines. 
  5. Disconnect the air intake from the throttle body. Disconnect any vacuum tubes connected to the air intake tube. Loosen the 8 mm hose clamp screw. Unplug the air temperature sensor near the throttle body. 
  6. Remove the 8mm bolts (in some engine these may require T30 Torx bit) that secure the intake plenum (manifold) to the top of the engine. There are seven bolts that need to be removed.  These are long bolts and don't need to come all the way out. Remove the two 10 mm bolts on the front. Remove the two 10 mm bolts on the back of the intake manifold.how to replace spark plugs chrysler penta star Remove one 13 mm bolt on the metal bracket and push the bracket back. Next, lift up the intake manifold and move it aside. Cover the intake with a clean newspaper so that no foreign object or dirt falls inside the engine. 2012–2015 Lancia Voyager (Models: Limited)
  7. Rubber Gaskets between the plenum and intake manifold. 
    When you remove the intake plenum you will notice that there are three rubber gaskets between the plenum and intake manifold. These gaskets are typically integrated into the intake manifold part and don't necessary need to be removed. Do not add any silicone or gasket sealant here as it is not necessary. The most important thing to do is tighten the intake plenum bolts to spec as described in the following steps.  2012–2014 Lancia Thema
  8. Remove the 10 mm bolts that hold the ignition coils in place. 2012–present Jeep Wrangler (Models: Sport, Unlimited Sport, Sport Unplug the electrical connectors from the ignition coils.  2011–2014 Volkswagen Routan (Models: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium)Ignition coil removed.  2011–present Jeep Grand Cherokee (Models: Laredo
  9. Remove the old spark plugs. 2011–2016 Chrysler Town & Country (Models: LX, Touring, Touring There are six plugs.  2011–present Chrysler 300 (Models: 300 Base, 300 S V6, 300 C w/ V6, 300 C Glacier Series w/ V6, 300 C Luxury Series w/ V6)Spark plug removed.  2011–present Dodge Durango (Models: Express, SXT, Crew, Crew Lux, Citadel, ACT Plus, Limited, R/T)
  10. Be careful so that NO foreign materials fall into the combustion chamber via the spark plug holes.  Install the new spark plug by lowering them slowly. Note that all spark plugs that are iridium or platinum spark plug should come pre-gapped. You should always double check them and make sure they are all gaped correctly before inserting them into the cylinder head. Use the extension and your 5/8" socket to tighten the new spark plugs. Tighten the spark plugs to 10 ft-lbs. If you are not using a torque wrench you may want to get your spark plugs snug then turn an extra half a turn.  2012–present Fiat Freemont
  11. Add a coat of dielectric grease to the end of coil pack boot. 2011–present Dodge Charger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition)Insert the coil into the spark plug hole. 2011–present Dodge Journey (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), Mainstreet, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T Crossroad)Tighten the 10 mm bolt until they are snug, don't over tighten these bolts.  2011–2015 Dodge Grand Caravan (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), SE, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T SE Plus, SXT Plus)
  12. Install the plenum. If you have new gaskets to install between the intake manifold and plenum now is the time to replace them. Otherwise, go to next step. 
  13. Install the plenum in reverse order of removal. The 7 bolts will need to be torqued to 7-9 Nm (5-6.6 lb/ft). It is important that these bolts are torqued to spec. 
  14. Next, tighten the two 10mm bolts in front of the plenum. 
  15. Next, install the bracket on the other side of the plenum. Place the bracket in place and tighten the 10mm and 13mm bolts. 
  16. Next, reattach the air intake tube to the throttle body. 
  17. Reconnect any vacuum hose you disconnected earlier such as PCV hose and makeup line. 
  18. Reconnect wiring harness that you may have removed.
  19. Reinstall the engine cover by placing it on top of the engine and pressing it down until you hear it lock. 
  20. Reconnect the negative engine terminal. 
  21. Start up the engine and make sure the engine is running smooth. 

Vehicle Applications


This 3.6L Chrysler engine is found in the following makes and models and the instructions found on this page will help owners of:

  • 2011–2016 Chrysler 200 (Models: LX, Touring, Limited, S, and C)
  • 2011–present Chrysler 300 (Models: 300 Base, 300 S V6, 300 C w/ V6, 300 C Glacier Series w/ V6, 300 C Luxury Series w/ V6)
  • 2011–2016 Chrysler Town & Country (Models: LX, Touring, Touring "L", Limited, S, Limited Platinum)
  • 2011–2014 Dodge Avenger (Models: SE V6, SXT, R/T)
  • 2011–present Dodge Challenger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition)
  • 2011–present Dodge Charger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition)
  • 2011–present Dodge Durango (Models: Express, SXT, Crew, Crew Lux, Citadel, ACT Plus, Limited, R/T)
  • 2011–2015 Dodge Grand Caravan (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), SE, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T SE Plus, SXT Plus)
  • 2011–present Dodge Journey (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), Mainstreet, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T Crossroad)
  • 2011–present Jeep Grand Cherokee (Models: Laredo "E", Laredo "X", 70TH Anniversary Edition, Trailhawk, Altitude Edition, Limited, Overland, Overland Summit Edition)
  • 2011–2014 Volkswagen Routan (Models: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium)
  • 2012–present Fiat Freemont
  • 2012–present Jeep Wrangler (Models: Sport, Unlimited Sport, Sport "S", Unlimited Sport "S", Freedom Edition, Unlimited Freedom Edition, Altitude Edition, Unlimited Altitude Edition, 70TH Anniversary Edition, Unlimited 70TH Anniversary Edition, Sahara, Unlimited Sahara, Moab, Unlimited Moab, Rubicon, Unlimited Rubicon, Rubicon 10TH Anniversary, Unlimited Rubicon 10TH Anniversary)
  • 2012–2015 Lancia Voyager (Models: Limited)
  • 2012–2014 Lancia Thema
  • 2012–2015 Ram Cargo Van (Models: C/V Base, C/V Tradesman)
  • 2013–present Ram 1500 (Models: Tradesman, SLT, HFE)
  • 2014–present Ram ProMaster
  • 2015–2016 Chrysler 200 (295-hp, 262-lb ft)

Related Articles


This is a list of DIY articles or videos on how to change the spark plugs on Chrysler 200 V6 engines.

  1. Chrysler Pentastar Engine Spark Plug Replacement
  2. 3.6L Pentastar Spark Plug Step-by-Step Guide (with pics)

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