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Old 01-11-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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First Time DIY Oil Change 2.7l

Hey friends! Tomorrow I'm going to change my oil for the first time and I wanted to run my plans by you guys to see if I have all my bases covered.

I have a 2011 2.7l 5 lug double cab.
What I purchased for the change is as follows:
- (2) 5 qt jugs of Mobile 1 0W-20
- Toyota oil filter
- Toyota washer
- Fram filter wrench
- funnel
- catch pan

Ok so my plans are:
1. Unscrew oil cap in engine bay.
2. Remove bolt in oil pan and start to drain oil.

3. Remove oil filter.
4. Wait for oil to stop dripping
5. Replace oil pan bolt with new washer.
6. Install new oil filter (after putting some oil on the seal)
7. Add 6.1 qt of oil
8. Run truck for a few minutes and check level.

Am I missing anything?
Is that the correct oil pan bolt pictured?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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I unscrew the filter first with a empty drain / pan catch underneath . Easier than having a pan full of oil then unscrewing it. Pour the 5 in then pour one quart from the other 5 into the empty one using the measuring lines on the side
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Looks like you have your bases pretty well covered...


I always drain my oil with the filler cap off and the oil hot just after running the engine, before any particles suspended in the oil have a chance to settle to the bottom of the pan. And I let the pan drain with the old filter off for about a half an hour or more so that most of the drips come out. I also drilled my oil plug and installed a really strong magnet to catch super fine steel particles as the oil circulates past it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:33 PM   #4
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Instead of replacing the oil pan bolt, I would install the fumoto valve which makes subsequent oil changes amazingly easy and mess free. I've used fumoto valves on all of my vehicles for many years and have never had any issues except for easy oil changes.
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I take the drain plug out (actually, open the Futomo valve) and let it drain overnight, when possible. Fill the filter with oil before install, too. Futomo, Fumoto..whatever the f it is.
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With the location of the I4 oil filter I like this style of filter wrench with a 8" extension. That Fram wrench may be tricky to get around the filter.


And +1 for fumoto valve.


I only add 5.5 quarts, 6.1 will overfill.


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Old 01-11-2014, 07:54 PM   #7
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Yeah that wrench will probably be tough to use . Take the filter off first for sure . I use the K&N filter with the nut on the bottom of it . Works easy wit a ratchet set and 1" socket . Toyota makes one very similiar to the K&N one too .
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Let me know how that oil pan works out for u. I was going to buy one but I was worried about it leaking
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Why are you using (2) 5 quart jugs? I use (1) 1 qt bottle and (1) 5 qt jug when I change mine.
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Thanks for all the advice guys, it was a great success!
The fram wrench worked just fine.

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Let me know how that oil pan works out for u. I was going to buy one but I was worried about it leaking
It worked great. Didn't leak a drop!

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Why are you using (2) 5 quart jugs? I use (1) 1 qt bottle and (1) 5 qt jug when I change mine.
Haha because I wanted to be so OCD about my first oil change that I put in 6.1 qt on the nose.
The mobile 1 at my wal mart was $25 for the 5 qt jug and $7.99 for 1 qt jugs.
Plus I figured I could use the remainder 3.9 qt for my next oil change.

After checking the oil level afterward it's really difficult to tell where the oil actually stops. It looks to be way over the full line.
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Haha because I wanted to be so OCD about my first oil change that I put in 6.1 qt on the nose..... After checking the oil level afterward it's really difficult to tell where the oil actually stops. It looks to be way over the full line.
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I only add 5.5 quarts, 6.1 will overfill.
Told ya so.
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6 is fine stop posting wrong information
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Maybe I'm missing something
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They say 5.5 because the 2.7 dipstick is hard to rear and reads high with 6qts in a oil/filter change.

I just think posting other quantities just confuses new people.

I have a 2010 70,000 miles always added 6 qts . Not one visit to the dealer yet.
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There always seems to be confusion on whether to add the amount of oil shown in the manual or to add oil to the full line on the dipstick.

For what it's worth I go by the dipstick. I'd rather the engine be slightly low than overfilled and risk added pressures wearing seals.

Either way I'm sure you're good to go. Following the dipstick is just my preference
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Both of my trucks came where 6.1 is on the dipstick so I go with 6.1
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From the Owner's Manual:
"The engine oil capacity is a reference quantity to be used when changing the
engine oil. Warm up and turn off the engine, wait more than 5 minutes, and
check the oil level on the dipstick."

So it sounds like they want us to use the dipstick to verify oil level.

And I don't know that a high level will increase pressure. But if it is high enough for the crank to hit it, it could get whipped up which is probably not a good thing.
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So you think toyota techs pump 5 qts in . Check it .then 5.4 then check it . Then 5.8 then check it . No they pump 6.1. Or who knows what they actually pump. But they sure aren't checking every dipstick of the day.
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