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Old 08-13-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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3.4L 5VZ 1st Gen Oil Change Guide

(See 4.0L 1GR 2nd Gen Oil Change for 2nd Gen Tacomas)

First, You want to make sure you have all your things ready to do the oil change:
Needle nose Pliers
3/8" ratchet wrench
4" extension (3/8")
14mm socket (3/8")
Filter wrench
5.5 quarts oil
Oil Filter
Oil Catch Pan
Lots of rags



You want to park your truck on a level surface, with the front wheels turned all the way to the left.
Locate the Oil drain plug, and useing a 14mm socket, and extension, remove the plug, and drain the oil.





While the oil is draining, Look into the driver side wheel well. Useing the Needle Nose pliers, remove the push pins holding the wheel well liner on.





You will then see the oil filter.



Place a bunch of rags under the filter, on top of the skid plates, so as to absorb any oil that spills from the filter when its removed.
Remove the old oil filter, and clean the filter mount of any dirt around it.



On the new filter, Lubricate the filter gasket.



Then install the new filter.



Check the oil pan to make sure the gasket is not stuck to it.



Clean the Oil pan around the drain plug, install the new gasket, and drain plug. Tighten the drain plug to 29 ft-lbs.



Fill the engine with 5.5 Quarts of your favorite oil.



Start the engine, and let it run for a few mins., then shut it off. Check for leaks around the drain plug, and filter, then check the oil level.

All done!

Take the used oil to a local oil recycling drop off in your area. Most Auto parts stores will take your used oil for free.
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Nice write up. Thanks again for the help. And I'm only getting a lift right now if it's free.
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Nice write up. Thanks again for the help. And I'm only getting a lift right now if it's free.
Anytime, Buddy. I'll see what I can do about/aboot the lift.
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Take the used oil to a local oil recycling drop off in your area.
Isn't it easier to pour it down the storm drain .
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Isn't it easier to pour it down the storm drain .
Yes it is! However, My storm drain was full from the rain, so I had to improvise.
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Anytime, Buddy. I'll see what I can do about/aboot the lift.
Thanks! My cousin said he will have some leaf springs that if I want I can have. He has a 2005 Ford Ranger. Not sure if it's anything worth while for my Taco but I just thought I'd let you know.
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Thanks! My cousin said he will have some leaf springs that if I want I can have. He has a 2005 Ford Ranger. Not sure if it's anything worth while for my Taco but I just thought I'd let you know.
They wont work.
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They wont work.
Ah ok. He wasn't sure if they would either.
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Nice write up Chris.
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I thought you were only going to supervise this operation... I see you doing all the work in the pics
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I thought you were only going to supervise this operation... I see you doing all the work in the pics
Yeah....well....Conner DID change the air filter.
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Yeah....well....Conner DID change the air filter.
That was hard work man!
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That was hard work man!
And you did good.
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And you did good.


And I made sure you weren't going to blow us up.
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And I made sure you weren't going to blow us up.
Tats only a concern if Im working on an "Experiment"....Im pretty good around these truck...vehicle...thingys... And I usually find the right drain plug after 2 or 3 attempts.
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Tats only a concern if Im working on an "Experiment"....Im pretty good around these truck...vehicle...thingys... And I usually find the right drain plug after 2 or 3 attempts.
Well I'll keep that in mind about the "Experiments".
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Never knew that about the fender weld to get to the oil filter. I have been reaching up from the bottom. This looks much easier.
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Great write up! I have been wondering how the crap im gonna get to the filter without makin a total mess.
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