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3.4L 5VZ 1st Gen Oil Change Guide

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by chris4x4, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Aug 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    Just changed oil on 95 tacoma v6. Thanks for all tips/help. Skid plate removal was easier than expected. Changed plugs while I was at it. shocks, diffs, xfer case, & tranny up next wknd. Thanks again.
     
  2. Aug 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Hi Chris I wanted to thank you for doing this write-up. Today I successfully did my first ever oil change on my (new to me) '03. Your writeup was super helpful. Only slight hickup was that I leaked a bit of oil when I pulled the filter out. I should have followed your advice and put some rags down instead of trying to use a funnel. Oh well. Next time.

    (I hope it's OK that I'm bumping an older thread)
     
  4. Jan 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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    Chris.. You need a disclaimer..
    I had followed your guide a bit, and decided to change my oil with synthetic.
    I ended up draining 4 quarts of my transmission fluid, putting 5 quarts of engine oil into the engine oil part, (total of 11 quarts in the engine oil bay), and then realizing.. So I drained all my engine oil, and refilled everything up.

    Maybe if I had really studied your post, I would have been fine. :eek:
     
  5. Feb 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM
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    Is it okay if I don't have a replacement gasket? I'm not sure what shape mine is in, but I don't have a new one and I need to change it.

    Also, I only have 5 quarts of oil, so I guess I need to go get some more... ugh.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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    You don't necessarily have to change it. they can last more than one change.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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    Okay, thanks! I had never heard of a vehicle having a gasket there!
     
  8. Aug 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM
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    Thanks for this thread. I'm a newbie to working on my own vehicles, and used this guide to help me change the oil in my 2001 xtracab prerunner.
     
  9. Dec 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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    why do you not like synthetic oil?
     
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    Toyota couldn't have put the oil filter in a worse place on the 3.4! :smack:

    Thanks for the writeup though, Chris!
     
  11. May 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM
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    ok, dumb question time.

    isn't there a filter relocation kit for these engines?

    I know long lines are not good but cant you relocate the oil filter about 4" or 5" away from where it is so you have clear easy access to it without adding and undue interference to the oil system?

    im about to do my first oil change on mine tomorrow and have no visions of not having oil all over everything
     
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    I've never heard of such a thing, but who knows. It's not that bad getting it off, I didn't think so anyway. Seen a lot worse.
     
  13. May 5, 2015 at 11:43 AM
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    well I was referring to these: http://www.partsgeek.com/y3qghcw-to...=PartsGeek+Bing&gb=pp&utm_term=&ad=7759158267

    and that's what I was looking at but some say some of them have fittings that reduce to opening size and its "said" it can reduce oil flow to the engine and be problematic. others say they used them for hundreds of thousands of miles without issue so they must work.

    my only thing is thinking there must be a simple converter so the filter changes from horizontal mount to vertical mount without needing hoses and relocation. just looking for a way to avoid the mess and need for buckets and funnels or 2 liter jugs or whatever the "rig" of choice is to catch the oil that leaks down everywhere.
     
  14. May 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM
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    ok, just finished oil change (didn't know I needed 6 quarts so off to the store again for another quart lol) but anywho everything was super easy without the skid plate being in the way and other then the engines grounding wire being right there under the filter and a little in the way (couldn't they have put that somewhere else????) it wasn't hard or messy at all.

    I have a pavement princess so I have no need for the skid plate so its going up for sale on ebay soon, just waiting for another member who expressed interest in getting it first.

    it was a little awkward getting the filter angle correct to start the threads but that's mainly just because I never did it before. im sure next time my brain will remember the angle to hold it at.

    after doing it, I think there is no need for oil filter relocating kits if you remove the skid plate or don't have one but if you change oil with the skid plate in place then I would use the relocation kit.
     
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