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3.4L 5VZ 1st Gen Oil Change Guide

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

  1. Grifff6

    Grifff6 NOOB

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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.
     
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    taco terror got 5VZFE?

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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. 169.254.255.201

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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. Taylor

    Taylor Wants to learn all about his Taco.

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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.
     
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    You don't necessarily have to change it. they can last more than one change.
     
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    Taylor Wants to learn all about his Taco.

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    Okay, thanks! I had never heard of a vehicle having a gasket there!
     
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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.
     
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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!
     
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