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Do you check your oil?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by AnotherSilverTaco, Apr 21, 2012.

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Do you check your oil?

  1. Yes, every fill-up because...

    62 vote(s)
    12.6%
  2. Yes, sometimes because...

    259 vote(s)
    52.5%
  3. No, because...

    93 vote(s)
    18.9%
  4. No, but I should because...

    73 vote(s)
    14.8%
  5. Other because...

    6 vote(s)
    1.2%
  1. Oct 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM
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    Rich91710

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    You live on an island :confused:
     
  2. Oct 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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    Kala

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    yes sir...but it isnt that hard to put on 15-30k a year. I didnt hit 30k a year with any of my cars, but ive done 12k miles in 7 months and that was with me having 1 or 2 other cars to drive.
    My truck has 140k miles and was bought on this island. Most of the miles are from me within the last 3 or 4 years I had this truck.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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    Rich91710

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    It's 220 miles around the island on the interstate.
    30k/year is 80 miles every day.

    I can see it if you live on one side of the island and work on the other.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    Kala

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    For a few years I used to drive 36miles to work, 36 miles back..but of course I dont just go straight home. Yeah, 80 miles a day may seem like a lot, but theres people who do hit the 30k miles a year mark. When I got my Tacoma I barely drove it to work..most of the miles are from the past couple years.
    My dads Titan, bought brand new in dec 04, has 150 or 160k last time I checked...and he mostly just drives to work but its his only truck. Its very possible. Theres 300k n above 1st gen taco/3rd gen 4runners on this island.. Ive owned a couple of em that had over 200k. Its very possible.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    DriverSound

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    1-2 months depending on how often I use the truck along with tire pressure. Quick check on my daily, once a month.

    I wouldn't worry about checking oil more often regardless of miles unless oil level is low before an oil change.
     
  6. Dec 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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    My truck is MAGIC
    Oil is for chumps. I don't use oil.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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    macgyver

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    Unicorn tears have far superior lubrication characteristics than oil.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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    Mr.Gadget

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    I do time to time.
    I park the same place at work and home and make sure the ground is clear on both every day I walk to the truck.
    No dripping, then it should be fine so check when I can.
     
  9. Dec 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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    David K

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    No because these trucks don't ever lose or drip oil. Change it every 4,000 +/- miles (3,000-5,000).
     
  10. Dec 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    I check mine every fill up. I do wish I had an oil pressure gauge on it from the factory. I added one on my car along with an oil temperature gauge and monitor those and adjust my driving habits accordingly.

    IMHO all the oil light on the dash tells you is that you did expensive damage to your motor as unless Toyota is different, the light will not illuminate unless the pressure is under some ridiculously low value (like 5 psi or so).
     
  11. Dec 25, 2012 at 1:02 AM
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    On this truck I check the oil once a month, along with the other fluids and check the tire pressure.
     
  12. May 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM
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    Check it when I'm under the hood. Maybe once or twice a month on average.
     
  13. Aug 4, 2013 at 5:20 AM
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    bldegle2

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    Unless you have a burner or leaker, the Toyota's just don't use oil, when I first switched to synthetic, I had to add about 1/2 quart the first 5000 miles, but never had to add since....remember, when you fill the 3.4L, it takes a bit more than 5.1 quarts to fill, you are already a bit low even though you may think you are full up....I have an extra quart that last three oil changes before another is needed to top off at change time...

    I check the oil maybe two, three times between changes....
     
  14. Aug 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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    I check mine if I sense something isn't right, or typically check every couple of weeks or so. One thing I always do is look for drips when I park and when walking back to the truck. That's always been a habit of mine since getting into the car buisness. Check the pavement below any vehicle for any signs of any kind of leaks. If I ever see a puddle that I don't remember being there when I parked the truck then I definently check the oil, trans, and radiator fluid just to be safe.
     
  15. Aug 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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    I check my Oil about every 2000 Km and change every 8000 Km.
    I also look for wet spots on the ground (touch wood ) :rolleyes:
    none yet with 192,000 Km's.
     
  16. Aug 10, 2013 at 7:22 AM
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    I think i might lose more oil constantly checking my dipstick than my engine burns...
     
  17. Aug 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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    ...It reminds me to change it out. If I never checked the oil it would be outta sight, outta mind...
     
  18. Aug 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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    I have checked the oil (in the sense of the term we're using here) about 4 times since I have owned my 2000 Tacoma. 208,000 miles.

    I do my own oil changes ~5k miles and pay attention to how the truck drives. It doesn't leak. These engines don't burn oil... and if they do, there is something seriously wrong and I'd be able to tell. If I ever get indicators that something is amiss, I'll start checking. I guess that makes me an irresponsible jackass, wouldn't be the first I've been accused of that!
     
  19. Aug 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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    They have Interstate Highways in Hawaii? :cool:
     
  20. Aug 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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    Ya, go figure.

    Still waiting for that bridge.
     
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