Hello folks, I hope someone here can answer this for me. I tried the search feature first but couldn't find an answer. I realize the tremendous potential for puns and double entrandas with this question, but I'm serious!
I have a 1999 Taco TRD SR5 w/ the 5VZ-FE engine (3400). I had my dipstick replaced by/at Jiffy Lube after they busted the handle and I was hoping someone could verify the proper length of the dipstick for this engine? Mine is 1'5" long from tip to the top of the black gasket.
I'm curious because I just changed my oil myself for the first time on this truck (new house w/gargae = place to work, finally) and after filling it 5.5 qts, (including the filter pre-oil) the oil level just barely registered at the bottom of the stick.
I have heard of issues with other car enthusists (I autocross Miatas) where a dealer supplied an improperly short dipstick resulting in the subsequent overfilling and damage to seals etc. (In that case they gave a 1.6 dipstick for a 1.8 engine.) I'm wondering if Jiffy Lube got the wrong length or is the owners manual just that far off? The oil was from new containers so I'm sure I have an accurate measurement.
Your help is greatly appreciated.