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1st oil change on the truck

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EBBS03, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Apr 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    EBBS03

    EBBS03 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So, the other day I just did my first oil change on the Tacoma (went synthetic, just makes it easier, cause the truck and mustang will need oil changed around the same time as each other, so I can instead buy two cases of oil between them). Everything went okay, but I'm looking for some tips for the next time.

    First issue... I take off the skid plate and get to the drain plug and remove it. However, it shoots straight down, and hits the oil pan thing with so much force it starts spraying everywhere! I have never seen oil shoot out of a car with so much force. I have a huge oil mark all over the ground of the garage, and a circle in the middle form where the tub sat, lol! My Mustang pours out to one side, so it kinda goes slow, and I've never had an issue like this. Even my mom's old 06 GTO went straight down, but not with that much force. So my question is, do you guys do anything special to prevent this?

    Next issue... I swear to god, Superman must work at Toyota, and his job is to put the filter oil filter on. I tried bare handing it, using an oil filter wrench, then using a rubber filter wrench, but each one just dented the shit out of the filter. Finally, I just jammed a screw driver through it, and got it off that way. The filter sits upside down at the top of the motor, so I figured most of the oil would have drained out. Nope. It just pooled in that little reservoir. Any way to prevent that, so I'm not sitting their soaking the oil up?

    Thanks
     
  2. Apr 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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  3. Apr 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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    Well damn. That would have been helpful. And I tried searching.... I guess I failed, lol
     
  4. Apr 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM
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    Nah, the plug is fine. I guess I'll just leave the plug in a little bit, and let the oil drain for a bit that way. I was just caught way off guard. Oil went EVERYWHERE, man. I was soo fuckin pissed.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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    First filter was a PITA but the subsequent filters (that I installed correctl) haven't been a big deal.

    Oil does just flood out of these things - especially with the height of the 4x4. It tends to shoot down and splash up towards the drivers side for me so I just slide my pas that way. Seems to minize the mess on the floor.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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    Hmmm? You shouldnt have had to take off your skid plate? Unless the 2010's are different then my 2006?:rolleyes:
     
  7. Apr 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    I always put a big piece of cardboard on the floor when I change oil. Won't stop a big spill but it sure saves the garage floor from all the small splashes.
     
  8. Apr 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    I use a 2' scrap of black RV sewage hose and hold it under the pan when I first remove the drain plug. It's like a 4" diameter hose, works good but you have to hold it in place until it slows then just rest it in place.

    The first time I changed mine the oil hit the bottom of my catch bucket and sprayed out the side... messy.

    And the tube off the reservoir for the filter is the only way to go
     
  9. Apr 8, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    Nah, there's a cut out, but I didn't feel like raising the truck up at all, so by removing the skid plate I had a little extra room. Plus, I wanted to make sure that I was removing the right drain plug, lol.
     
  10. Apr 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM
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    Sounds to fun everyone ,Changing the oil that is ....... I just got to the point after years of changing oil on all my cars , that now i just rather pay $49.00 and get full syn. and get the car washed and vacumed while I surf the net or have a cup of coffee .... worth all of the fifty bucks ..... and everything gets topped off and checked for other stuff as well ...this only takes 30-45 min . PRESTO CHANGE-O .... ENJOY THE RIDE MY FRIENDS !!!!!!!!!!
     
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    You guys make this to hard. I just losen it with the socket, then use my hand to take the rest of the bolt out (using the socket and extention to get through the skid) while using my other hand to hold up the oil catch. After the initial burst it doesn't slosh up a lot when you set it down. Works for me...

    The side... sucks with this height. My ranger had a side drain... first time I did it I overshot the oil catch, pushed it over. Then turned around laughing, looked back, and it was missing the pan again because I pushed it to far....

    I prefer straight down :D
     
  12. Apr 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    plus let it fill that little resivoie under the filter, there is a plug underneath it to catch what dripped out
     
  13. Apr 8, 2010 at 9:55 PM
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    Put one of those long flex funnels up to it, or rig it up. Or you could get a drain pain that extends.
     
  14. Apr 9, 2010 at 5:54 AM
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    I go to the dealer only and this is covered if it fails .... $49.00 and everything is checked under the hood and below ..... never Jiffy lube , and when I said (Presto change -o ), that was just me talking out loud... not a oil change shop ... LOL !!! If u add up all the cost of 5 qrts of oil and a filter and the mess and getting rid of the oil ............. NOT ME !!!!! but u enjoy the mess , go for it .....
     

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