Toyota Tacoma Oil

Change Oil and Filter


oil fill plug
How to change oil

Change Oil
and Filter

Oil is the lifeblood of your
engine, it provides
lubrication for all the moving
metal parts in the engine,
reduces wear, while it
provides a cooling medium,
to transfer heat.

Wear and heat are the two
worst enemies of your
vehicles engine.

Read your vehicle's manual
to determine the correct
quantity, and grade of oil for
your vehicle.

When you go to buy the oil,
buy the oil filter as well.
Choose the oil and filter
yourself, or talk to a counter
person for help.

Most automotive stores
have a book located near
the oil and air filters,
most models of vehicles
are listed.
This is where you can
find the correct oil and
air filter for your vehicle.

Oil and Filter

Select the right grade
of oil for your engine,
usually 10-30 for summer
and 5-20 for winter.

Save money by buying
the oil and filter when
they are on sale.

Oil Filter

Buy the right screw on
oil filter for your engine.
Stores like Canadian
Tire and Wal-Mart have
a reference book near
the oil filter shelf, that
will provide you with
the right information.
Also the store personnel
can assist you with the
right oil
filter for your vehicle.

There are many price
ranges to choose from,
however some of the
products don't seem to
warrant the price.

The Tools Needed to
Do an Oil Change

There are many different
brands of filter wrenches,
in many price ranges.

You can find many
different types of oil
filter wrenches in most
automotive store.

Pick one in the middle
of the price range, one
that looks and feels
right to you.

If the filter is mounted
tight to the engine wall,
you will need a thin
banded wrench.

Used Oil

Most of the basins, used
to catch the oil are made
of some sort of plastic,
large enough to hold six
liters of oil.

The oil change basins
can be found at any
automotive store.

Tools, you need are,
a socket or spanner
wrench of the correct
size to remove the oil
drain plug.

The size of the oil plug
will vary on different

Rags and Tools

Have plenty of rags on
hand to wipe any drips
or spilled oil.

Latex or rubber gloves
to keep the oil and grim
off your skin.

Eye protection.

A metal wheel ramp is
not entirely necessary,
but makes the job so
much easier.

Metal Wheel Ramp
wheel ramp
Oil drain basin, funnel,
and filter wrench

oil drain container, oil filter wrench, funnel

Changing Engine

Park your vehicle on
level, solid ground.

Change the oil every 3000
miles,5000 kilometers, or
manufacturer recommended
kilometers. to get a longer
life out of the engine.

Warm up the engine before
draining the oil, warm oil
holds particles in suspension
and allows the oil to drain

If you are using a portable
metal ramp, choose level
ground and use wheel
chocks behind the rear

Do not change oil when
the engine is very hot,
as the oil can burn you,
the engine only needs to
be warm.

Place cardboard under
the vehicle beneath the
oil plug drain, this will
prevent oil spills and
drips on the driveway.
Oil wipes off cardboard
easier than off pavement
or a cement driveway.

After the job is complete,
you can discard the
cardboard with the oil

The oil drain plug is located
on the lowest point of the
oil pan.

Place the oil drain container
below the oil pan drain plug,
and remove the plug, turn

It will only take a few
minutes to drain all the oil.

Take caution with hot oil, it
may splash up from the
drain pan.

When all the oil is drained
out, place the oil pan drain
plug back into the oil pan
and tighten moderately.
Do not over tighten.

Oil filters are mounted in
different place on different
Locate the placement
of the existing oil filter.

Using the oil filter wrench,
remove the screw-on oil
filter, turning, counter

Be ready with some rags,
as there is usually some
oil spills and drips while
removing the filter.

Make sure the filters
rubber washer comes off
with the filter.

Take the new oil filter
out of the package and
smear a little oil
around the rubber seal
before installing.

The oil allows the filter
to spin freely and helps
make a better seal.
The oil filter will remove
easier the next time.

Remove the oil filler cap
located on top of the engine.

Remove the filler cap and
pour in the correct amount
of oil.
If you are not sure what
the correct amount is,
then stop and measure
the oil height, using the
oil dip stick, several times,
while pouring in oil.
Use a funnel, this makes it
much easier to pour the oil
from the container into
the engine.

The vehicle should be on
level ground when
measuring the height of
the oil.

Replace the filler cap,
start the engine and run
it several minutes.
Check for any oil leaks
around the oil filter and
oil drain plug.

Turn off the engine and
check the level of oil.
Wait a few minutes to let
the oil drip down in the
engine to get a true level
of oil.

Add oil as needed.

Keep receipts of oil and
oil filter, and record of
the mileage

A small book in the
glove box is very handy
to keep this information.

Use the empty oil jugs
to pour the used oil into.
Take the used oil to an oil
recycle depot.


With the money saved
by doing the oil change
yourself, spend some of
the money saved on a
higher grade oil.

Consider a synthetic oil,
and a higher quality
oil filter


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