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paranoia after doing first DIY oil change

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NWtacoma, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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    NWtacoma

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    Hello. Yesterday I changed my oil myself for the first time. Today we had some rain and with the ground wet its easy to spot oil, well i saw some by the parking spot where i just pulled into. it looked really fresh. I watched for a second didnt see anything leaking so i went inside got some cardboard and put it under the drain. went back an hour later and theres nothing on it, checked with dip stick looked fine too. could i have a leak that only leaks when im moving??? :eek:

    im hoping that its from somebody else who was just parked there or something!
     
  2. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    1337Taco

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    Dude, you're paranoid.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM
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    lol. probably! but i <3 my truck and dont want to hurt it. :eek:
     
  4. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM
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  5. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    X2. Of out of the filter when you changed it. Dont sweat it. Check the stick in the morning for a couple days, and see if the level changes.
     
  6. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    I doubt you have a leak, BUT the simple thing you gotta do is check it once a week for the next few weeks. See if the level changes.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    As long as you pulled the right plug you should be ok because it has happened here more than once that some pulled the wrong plug and drained the wrong thing............you did pull the right plug didn't you?..............
     
  8. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    yes i did. lol
     
  9. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    oh and i noticed my coolant is low, whats a good coolant? the stuff in there now is pink.
     
  10. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    PRESTONE, BABY!! When you absolutely, positively have to keep every radiator in the room nice and cool, accept no substitutes.
     
  11. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    Only use the Pink Toyota Long Life coolant

    You have to get a gallon of it from your Toyota dealer

    It comes pre-mixed 50/50 so don't mix any water with it

    Don't mix brands of coolants

    Only use the Pink Toyota Long Life Coolant!
     
  12. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    get the pink stuff from the dealer
     
  13. Mar 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    cool thanks
     
  14. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    If the coolant's only a little low I usually just top off with water. Adding a cup or two to a cooling system that's 2 gal or more won't throw off your mix by too much.

    Of course, it never gets much below 45F where I live, so there's no risk of freezing anything overnight....
     
  15. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    its down by the LOW line.
     
  16. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    I know I sound like I am picking nits here, but technically your coolant is SLLC or Super Long Life Coolant. The old Toyota Red coolant was the Long Life Coolant.

    And Yes get the right stuff for it. I just did not want you to walk into the dealer and ask for LLC and not get SLLC that you require.

    Please forgive the CDO. That is the same as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) but the letters are in the right freakin order!!!!!
     
  17. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    it gets caught in the skid plate sometimes too when it drains...mine leaks a few drops after each change from the dealer and it always come from the skid
     
  18. Mar 16, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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    It was me, I was stalking you in Kent and dropping oil drops whenever you parked. :D You're paranoid, it's normal. Just wait till you do the ATF...

    My coolant was at the bottom of the reservoir last weekend and I went down to Renton (Bob Bridge) Toyota for some Super Long Life Coolant to fill it back up. It's about $21 for a gallon. Doxon is probably pretty similar in price.
     
  19. Mar 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM
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    yea im gonna go to doxon, they have a new remolded parts department
     
  20. Mar 16, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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    Being that you live up north like me DONT i reapeat DONT put water in your radiator. It gets to cold up here and yea you would be fine but why chance it to save 20 bucks.
     
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