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How many times should I have changed oil by now?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jcayce, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Feb 13, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    jcayce

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    This probably seems like a stupid question, but...I bought my truck in June of 09 and have 2,175 miles on the odo. I changed the oil once at the beginning of December and put in Mobil 1. When I changed the factory oil it was still a decent color, I just changed it because so much time had gone by. Should I be up for another oil change soon?
     
  2. Feb 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    dee_bo

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    I would change the oil every 3-4 months or 3000 miles..which ever comes 1st. That's just my time-frame.
     
  3. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    lembowski

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    I would say 5000 or 6 months whichever comes 1st.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

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    yep, change it. New oil is a cheap investment in keeping your truck running as long as possible...
     
  5. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    braggman7

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  6. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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  7. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    I would say that your first couple of oil changes are the most important. The first one should come in at less than 5k imo, But in general, I agree, 5k or 6mo on a regular basis. The days of 3k mile oil changes are over.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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    sgrappone

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    x4 Your running one of the best oils available and your truck only requires it every 5,000.
     
  9. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    jandrews

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    Toyota recommends every 5k or once per year.

    I myself do every 3500 or once per year. And yes, that's with Royal Purple. And yes, it's more than necessary. I'm well aware of all of this.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    Plain Jane Taco

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    I guess I'm just kinda old school. I still use a 3000 mile interval. Oil changes are too cheap and easy not to in my opinion. It gives me a chance to get under the truck and check things out every couple of months or so.

    Castrol 5w-20 and a Purolator PureOne filter for me.
     
  11. Jun 20, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    jcayce

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    I guess the answer as of today is 2. So I popped the hood, propped an old bottle under the filter catch, took the filter off (oh so easy this time!), found an oil pan, and turned the lever on the Fumoto valve. I'm just sitting here waiting for the oil to drain. Not including how long I will let the oil drain, that took less than 5 minutes. Happy day.

    Side note: I hate to change the oil. It is not dark, believe it or not it is still pretty much the golden honey color it was when I put it in. I'm using Mobil 1, real factory oem filters (japanese sponge material), and I have 3150 miles on the odometer.
     
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