Toyota Tacoma Oil

How to change the oil
in your vehicle.

Oil Change

Change Oil and Filter

Oil fill plug

How to 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
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

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
Draining Container

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 vehicles.

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

Oil drain basin, funnel, and
filter wrench


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
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 stains

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
engines. Locate the placement
of the existing oil filter.

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

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

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
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

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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