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Question regarding changing my oil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Phluffhead93, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:41 AM
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    Phluffhead93

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    It's time for an oil change and I figured this would be a good time to learn how to do it myself. After draining the old oil, a lot of videos say I need a torque wrench to ensure I don't over or under tighten the drain plug. Is that necessary? If I confirm the drain plug washer is in good shape, can I just tighten it using my best judgement? I don't want to mess anything up, but I also don't want to spend unnecessary money/time on something I don't need. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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    Just tighten it up snug, and don't go crazy with the power arms. You will be fine.
     
  3. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:44 AM
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    Thanks. I figured this wasn't 100% necessary.
     
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    This. However, I’d recommend picking up a bag of the oem washers off Amazon. Very cheap and good insurance.
     
  6. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    Any links to true OEM washers? Most reviews on Amazon products say they're not actually Toyota made.
     
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    On tightening just use your “poor man torque wrench”

    The longer the wrench/ratchet with your hand further out the tighter it will be. For example a 1/2 drive long breaker bar.

    The shorter the wrench/ratchet with your hand in closer= Lower torque amount. For example a 1/4 ratchet.

    Leverage plays a big factor. Overtighening can be just as bad as under.
     
  8. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:06 AM
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    Just make sure to drain the oil from the correct pan. Too many have drained their transmission oil by mistake.

    Also, I recommend tightening the drain bolt by hand first before using the wrench to avoid cross threading.
     
  9. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    Yea you don’t even need a hose with this thing. One the large oil containers from autozone ( these guys https://m.autozone.com/shop-and-gar...otool-12-qt-dispos-oil-recycle-can/786699_0_0) works great on 4x4s. My truck has one size up tires and this container fits under the valve perfect...no spillage.
     
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    Also, what size hose do I need to attach to the bottom of the oil filter for when I remove that?
     
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    I use a Dixie cup with some tape on it to loop around the filter housing.
     
  13. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:22 AM
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    Oh I have a pavement princess so no skids for me haha
     
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    I use a water or soda bottle. Just hold while it drains, wipe the filter part with a rag and pour oil in to my oil bucket. You can buy a torque wrench at Harbor Freight tools for $15-20 !!!
     
  15. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:23 AM
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    I would trust German torque over a $20 harbor freight torque wrench.

    It’s an oil plug. Go until it’s tight, and then do 1/4-1/2 turn more
     
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    Heck ya brotha, life of ease sounds enticing for next truck. This one will be my dedicatied play rig at some point.
     
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  18. Feb 18, 2019 at 11:33 AM
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    At about the 2:00 minute mark in this video it shows them removing the rubber plug before attaching the hose onto the filter before removing it. It's the only video I can find where they do that. Why does this video show them doing that, and why do other videos skip this step?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-dbpL9w2SM

    Thanks for all the help so far!
     
  19. Feb 18, 2019 at 12:22 PM
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    Because tacos came with that plug from the factory and they last one oil change before they get thrown away or lost. Don’t worry about it...you probably don’t have one anymore
     
  20. Feb 18, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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    I have never used a torque wrench to tighten my oil drain bolt. I thread it carefully and use common sense.
     
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