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Changing your own oil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by H James, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Apr 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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    H James

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    Hey all,

    I'm relatively new here and relatively new to Tacomas/Toyotas. I'm about 1500 mi. into my 2011 Tacoma and was looking under the hood. Since the oil filter seems so easy to access, are there any issues regarding violation of warranty if you change your own oil? I'm not looking to do it until I get to at least 3000 mi. (and I bought the Toyota Care/Perks deal, so I have free oil changes every 5000 mi. up to 25,000.) I was just wondering. One of my uncles seems to be old-school and says that I should keep on doing it myself or get someone else to do it at least every 3000. He was a Dodge Dakota man for a long time until he recently bought a Rav4.

    So...I guess I have a few questions...

    1) Do I change the oil every 3000 miles regardless of driving conditions (dirty off-road conditions...yes...I will do it then...but pavement miles?)

    2) Do I void any warranty by changing the oil myself, since (amazingly!) the filter is easy to access?

    3) Is my uncle crazy and stuck in 1990 with his Dakota?

    4) If I do change my own oil at 3000, will Toyota still honor my "perks" and give me my oil change at 5000 that I already paid for?
     
  2. Apr 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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    tacomathom

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    Other members have horror stories but my dealer does a good job in about 30 minutes and that includes the tire rotation. I get the service every 5000 miles or so.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2011 at 6:52 PM
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    steviestyles

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    You paid for Toyota care for 25K miles? If so, then you got ripped brother. All new Toyota's come with Toyota care free with your new car.

    Anyways, If you do decide to change your own oil, wait until 3K and don't drain yout transmission fluid instead of your oil. Plenty of folks have done so :cool:
     
  4. Apr 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    biscuits87

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    I changed my own oil at 2K miles to get some of the contaminants out of the oil. Then brought it in to the dealership at 5K and they didn't say anything. Its good to do your first change at like 1.5K to 2K while breaking in a motor.
     
  5. Apr 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM
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    Owners manual recommends oil changes every 5K miles.

    In fact, your "Maintenance Required Light" will start flashing at you when you reach 4500 miles. It'll stay on constant when you reach 5K miles. It's telling you its time to change the oil.

    Changing your own oil DOES NOT void the warrantee. I've been doing it since day 1.

    Why would you change your oil if you paid to have Toyota do it?

    First oil change is totally up to you, but not necessary to do it early.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2011 at 1:32 AM
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    Hardscrabble

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    1) 5000 miles oil & filter change. Throw a little grease to the zerks also.

    2) Warranty is not void if you do your own oil changes.

    3) Yep, crazy Uncle. Everybody's got one, or should have one. Enjoy.

    4) If you really want clean oil, but let Toyota do it if you "paid" for it.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2011 at 6:30 AM
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    If you've already paid for Toyota Care oil changes, might as well get your money's worth. But after that do them yourself. Changing the oil on this truck is so quick and easy you'd be a fool not do it yourself, IMO.
     
  8. Apr 12, 2011 at 9:29 PM
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    Thanks all, for the advice.
     
  9. Apr 13, 2011 at 3:12 AM
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    I'm old school. Listen to your crazy Uncle. If you do it yourself you KNOW it was done right. Not only do you know it was done right you don't have to wait on anybody.
     
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