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Initial oil change switch to synthetic or wait till 10k miles?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cfrea, May 7, 2012.

  1. May 7, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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    cfrea

    cfrea [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I know Toyota care covers the first two years each 5k miles, but since I own the truck, I will do my first oil change at my cost at around 1200-1500miles. Then again at 5000 when Toyota covers is.

    At that point should I switch to Synthetic or stay with conventional? Or should I just stay with conventional the entire life of the car?

    I was reading that others typically wait till 10k miles before switching to synthetic in order to allow all the rings etc to properly break in. Opinions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. May 8, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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    Hardscrabble

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    You can switch to synthetic oil at any time, any mileage IMO.

    Experiment with switching between conventional and synthetic oils every other change, or summer/winter, or months that end in R vs. Y. Go crazy man, it's your truck.

    Good luck.
     
  3. May 8, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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    Yea just want whats best for the truck and motor. But def its better to go synthetic right?
     
  4. May 8, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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    As stated above by Hardscrabble. I switched at 3000 miles. No problems.
     
  5. May 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM
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    I changed my oil to synthetic as soon as I got home from the dealer... ...that was 281k miles ago.
     
  6. May 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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    Changed mine to synthetic at 5k...
     
  7. May 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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    1,000 miles for me Mobil one went in.
     
  8. May 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    :) If you have a 5,000 mile oil change interval, then you have a 4 cylinder engine and you already have synthetic oil in the engine. Your Toyota care card that you get in the mail has your oil change interval and what kind of oil is done at your oil change.

    It is your truck and you can do what ever you want, but it is a waste of money.
     
  9. May 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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    Oil is oil, Dino or synthetic, it's all slippery. Keep up with your 5k mile changes and you'll be fine.
     
  10. May 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM
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    Toytruckmike

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    I changed mine by 3000 miles and haven't looked back. I buy the synthetic at wal-mart and get an extra long oil filter and have my Toyota dealer change it for me so I don't have to lug oil up to the recycling place. Only costs $17 at my dealer which isn't too bad.
    Michael
     
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