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2015 Tacoma Oil change/filter questions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by YODAxTACO, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Aug 14, 2017 at 6:45 PM
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    YODAxTACO

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    Hello everyone!

    Had my taco now for about two years and my service warranty recently ran out so I will be doing my first ever oil change....wish me luck..

    I just had a couple quick questions first though!

    First off how am I supposed to know which oil filter to get for my specific truck that will fit and I guess OEM just to be safe but also not stupid expensive for a oil filter??

    Secondly, with the filter being on top, all videos I have seen have shown that when you remove it, some oil will leav out and go on the engine which causes a headache for clean up. What do you guys use, something around the house and common preferably to catch that oil before it drops all the way through the engine?

    Thanks so much everyone and happy riding!
     
  2. Aug 14, 2017 at 6:50 PM
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    If you don't want to spend that much then I would just stick with the OEM oil filter, maybe the cheapest. I prefer Mobil One oil filters and Mobil One oil.

    As for catching the excess oil when removing the oil filter from the engine there are a couple of post/threads about what others have modified or done to over come this problem. Just do a search here on the forum.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2017 at 6:51 PM
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    Thanks for the advice!

    Please forgive me if this is a dumb question but how do you know which filter to buy though...? Aren't there different sizes?
     
  4. Aug 14, 2017 at 6:55 PM
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    Yes there are different sizes, etc. keep in mind depending on the manufacturer they will each have their own part number.

    To find out the specific's about what type of oil weight to put in, oil filter, etc. should be in your vehicles Owners Manual.
    Refer to this manual and it will give you all the info about this.
    Or if not you can always call and ask the people at Autozone, Pepboys, O'Reillys, the dealers parts dept.,etc.

    Better yet why not just search the internet for Autozone, Pepboys, O'Reillys, etc. and type in your vehicles information on the a search for oil filters on each website. They should list the exact product type, etc. for oil filters.
     
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  5. Aug 14, 2017 at 7:04 PM
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    There are a multitude of different size oil filters, including numerous that fit our trucks. OEM is your best bet. (See this thread for more details.) There's no need to pay a lot for them either. They're available in cases of 10, including drain plug gaskets, for ~$45 from Toyota dealers selling on eBay, making them ONLY $4.50/ea. The part number you want is 90915-YZZD3. FWIW, your Owner's Manual is available for download here.

    The filter "mount" includes a lip to catch excess oil, with a drain hole to which you can either attach a drain tube or rig a plastic cup with a small bungee cord to do the same thing. Once it's done dripping, you simply wipe it off and reinstall the rubber cap on the drain.
     

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    I use a standard empty plastic water bottle underneath the filter housing to catch the oil when removing the filter. Haven't spilled a drop this way. Just remember to take off the rubber cap on the drain hole. The water bottle will rest on top of the serpentine belt perfectly.
     
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  9. Aug 14, 2017 at 7:18 PM
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    Go with the Oem filter that JoefromPTC mentioned... many a test have proven them far superior to any other filter out there.
     
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    Op - have you ever changed oil in any vehicle? If not, suggest you get a knowledgeable friend to assist for your first change. Do you have a drain pan large enough to hold the old oil? Have a place to take the old oil for recycling? Know how much to tighten the oil filter? Know the engine should be fully warmed up before draining? Know enough about your truck to drain the engine and not the transmission?
    No trying to be hard on a new member here (welcome BTW), but your questions indicate you might need more help than just watching a couple of videos.
     
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  11. Aug 15, 2017 at 5:33 AM
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    The genuine Toyota filters are good, I've always liked the royal purple ones too
     
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    Sounds like his first time. All good things to address before you take the plunge!
     
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    I'd think you can manage it by watching a few YouTube videos of oil changes on 4.0 Tacomas. Just take it slow and make damn sure you drain the engine oil and not the transmission. Making sure the drain pan is big enough is a good point, been there, no picnic.
     
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    OEM D3 filter, solo cup with bungee cord. I got a 3pk of bungees from the dollar store that fit perfect.
     
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    Just get an ozarka water bottle and put it under the nipple, fits perfectly and once done, just screw the cap on. No need for cups with bungee cords.
     
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    I use the OEM filters on mine. I buy them in 5 packs on Amazon. They are really nice, they even have plastic shrink wrap over the o-ring to keep it from drying out and give it a long shelf life. Toyota knows what little things to spend extra money on.

    YZZD3 oil filter and Mobil 1 5w-30. The 4.0 is like THE easiest motor out there to change oil on.

    Also don't forget to greese up the drive lines u-joints with a greese gun if you have 4wd.
     
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