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Been doing it wrong for 106k miles. . .

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MxRacer190, May 9, 2010.

  1. May 9, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    Ok, so I've changed my oil myself every 3-5k miles since new in '06, except maby 3 or 4 times. My truck has 106k miles on it now. I never really knew how much oil to put in (manual says 4.8 and 5.2 qts.), so I just put 5 quarts into it because it looked good on the dip stick, and I don't have to buy an extra quart. Now, I just read the DIY oil change for giggles, and says to use 5.5 qts. . . :frusty:

    4.8 qts?
    5.2 qts?
    5.5 qts?
    or
    5 qts ok?
     
  2. May 9, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    ktmrider

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    I use 5.5 and its good on the dipstick
     
  3. May 9, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    steve o 77

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    half a quart isn't that big of a deal. Just start adding the extra half from now on.
     
  4. May 9, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    5.5 it is :(

    damn half a quart. arggggggggggggg
     
  5. May 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM
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    Tillers_Rule

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    What's the big deal?
     
  6. May 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    i dunno.
     
  7. May 10, 2010 at 1:33 AM
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    SkyHighTacoma

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    At least it was only half a quart. And at least you read the manual to many people dont even bother to read it. But your Taco should be fine just add the extra quart from now on! :D
     
  8. May 10, 2010 at 1:38 AM
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    Kyouto42

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    If you've went 106 without issues no reason to beat yourself up. It is 5.5 quarts almost dead on... that said even a quart low you can probably get away with. As long as the pump can get to the oil at all times it can do it's job... there is a safety margin there.
     
  9. May 10, 2010 at 1:53 AM
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    1980

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    As long as you are not parked on a steep incline, if the oil level looks good on the dipstick then it's good, unless you have the wrong dipstick. There is a good bit of "wiggle room" engineered into required oil levels, if there wasn't then the engine would have to be sealed as non-user serviceable. 5 quarts puts me exactly half-way into the "OK" region of the dipstick.
     
  10. May 10, 2010 at 2:04 AM
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    It's not sealed and is serviceable... it's just not as obvious as most. Look up the write-ups on here for it :D
     
  11. May 10, 2010 at 2:37 AM
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    Drain and refill with oil filter change 5.2 liters (5.5 US qts, 4.6 lmp. qts)
    Drain and refill without oil filter
    change 4.9 liters (5.2 US qts, 4.3 lmp. qts)
    Dry fill 6.0 liters (6.3 US qts, 5.3 lmp. qts)

    I run my engine until its warm then drain the oil. Unlike some others I don't let it drip forever so there's probably a bit of oil up in the engine still as a 5-quart oil jug fills me up just fine. If you want to be nit-picky and let the oil drip for an hour and then top it off with an extra half quart from an additional jug it's probably OK too. I figure that extra half quart of "dirty" synthetic left in my engine is probably not going to do much harm when the oil gets changed at well less than half its serviceable life anyway.


    I use a 5-quart jug
     
  12. May 10, 2010 at 4:51 AM
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    LOL I used to put 15qts into my diesel...Talk about Cha-ching.
     
  13. May 10, 2010 at 5:26 AM
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    kris77

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    just buy a bottle of STP oil treatment and add to every oil change...That will give you the extra .5 quart, plus some extra protection.

    Boy, i know im gonna get reamed for this one...lol
     
  14. May 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    used 5 qrts on my last change and it's half way in between low and high on the stick...
     
  15. May 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    Mmmmm snake oil....
     
  16. May 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    oh shi- Says 5.2 LITRES!!! I never even saw the 5.5 quarts haha.
     
  17. May 10, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    We always just put 6 quarts in my old truck 2000 3.4L and never had any problems.
     
  18. May 10, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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  19. May 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    I gotta 4 banger and i only put 4 with the stp treatment which is prolly a placebo but been doin it for 5 year. My old 4 banger yota only put 4 quarts in too, i dunno works for me
     
  20. May 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    Is why you are getting 0.0 MPG ofc.
    :cool:
     
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