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Documenting DIY Oil Changes

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by The Shape, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:21 PM
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    The Shape

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    If you just save all your receipts will it avoid any warranty issues.
     
  2. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    i havent documented any of my oil changes lol i guess im screwed
     
  3. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    bakerla

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    merely keeping a written log should be fine.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    OffroadToy

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    As far as I know you need to save your receipts for the oil and filters and keep a log of when you do the changes, mileage and dates. Keep in mind you need to use the proper grade oil and the OEM filter and change it according to the intevals mentioned in the owners manual...
    Another thing I do is update my service records at the Toyotaownersonline web-site. All work the dealer does to your truck is documented here and you can add any work you do yourself.
     
  5. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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    The Shape

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    OEM filter? I can't just pick up a WIX at the parts store?
     
  6. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    having to use an OEM filter to avoid warranty issues sounds a bit overkill.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    That's what I am thinking.
     
  8. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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    Speaking of DIY oil change. I bought Motocraft Synthetic blend. Decent oil????
     
  9. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    It might be and I'm not really positive if useing another brand would cause any problems other that reading a few stories about guys having oil related problems and the dealer pointing the finger at a aftermarket filter. I figure why take the chance while the truck is under warrenty.
     
  10. Oct 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    Manusson Act---you can use any oil filter or oil that meets or exceeds oem. But you got to meet the schedule intervals pretty close....
     
  11. Oct 10, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    chris4x4

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    I keep logs in a note book of whats done, at what milage....Mostly for myself. Many times I have thought I needed an Air filter, only to find I had replaced it 3K miles earlier....:eek:
     
  12. Oct 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    Here's a great way to log your information and keep track of everything. I downloaded it and put all the pages in plastic so they can be stored in a binder. I've added numerous pages from some of the write up's I've read here like greaseing the driveline and changeing the front and rear differencial and transfer case fluids.:)

    http://www.lieblweb.com/images/tacoma/Service_History_Guide.pdf
     
  13. Oct 10, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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    I do my oil changes every 3,000 or 4,000 miles (with synthetic oil) and have misplaced my receipts in a move and am concerned too.

    Having about 17,500 miles on the vehicle now ... my saving grace is that I have photographed & videoed some of my service on my iPhone.

    Not having the hard copy receipts has been a concern though.

    Yesterday, I did an oil & filter change (K&N filter & Royal Purple) and OEM air filter and OEM cabin filter and I photographed & videoed that service.

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  14. Oct 10, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    If you did have an issue, is it possible for you to simply send your oil sample in for an analysis? That could show that the condition of the oil was not the cause of the problem...just another way to back up any log you may keep...especially if you happen to lose your receipts.
     
  15. Oct 10, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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