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What do you use Dino or synthetic oil???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Hektor, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Feb 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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    Hektor

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    Like the title says. what do you guys use on your 1st gen taco Dino or synthetic oil??? Brand??? Let's hear it.
     
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    5W30, what ever meets Toyota's specs and is cheapest.
    So far, that has been standard dino oil. Over 200k on my 3.4, and doesn't burn a drop, and starts at -27 F.
    I have 2 other cars that require 0W30, and they get synthetic, because that is the only way you can get 0W30.
     
  3. Feb 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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    Mobil 1 Synthetic. You said tittle. :devil:
     
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    mobil 1, valvoline, whatever synthetic is on sale at the parts store… also a can of bg moa
     
  5. Feb 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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    I'm running some synthetic 0w-40 Mobil 1 now. I have been using 5w-30 Mobil 1 but I believe it is a little thin for 30w.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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    I agree with you Mobil 1 5w 30 it's really thin
     
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    M1 5w20

    And there's already 5 or more threads just like this, some with polls.
     
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    Dino. Oil and filter changed every 3500. 90% highway. I'll probably burn thru 2 frames before the motor gives up.
     
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    I run Redline fully synthetic
    It costs about twice as much as good dino; but, it's rated (and I trust it) to last, at least, 4 times as long
    So, the way I figure it... I'm actually saving money in the long run
     
  11. Feb 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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    I swapped to full synthetic 2 oil changes ago. Mobil 1 5w30. I will agree with the thin oil. I have a small tick, what seems to be a lifter tick, and it seems to be worse with this oil. Would a slighter thicker oil maybe the ticket? Like 5w20? Sorry to thread jack :D
     
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    5w20 is thinner than 5w30
    5w30 is the proper weight for your engine.
    You have a 99... what are the valve adjustment specs and intervals for your engine?
     
  13. Feb 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM
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    Ok, I must have gotten confused and went the wrong way. Tbh, I don't know. And it probably hasn't been done and is past due. If I'm not mistaken I think it have heard the 3.4l valves are self adjusting? Maybe I'm wrong. I know there are shims that are supposed to be replaced every so often. At idle is an intermittent tick, but is steady with rpm when you drive. I can hear it, but a lot of people can't. I had my personal mech look at it and he said he wouldn't worry about it, but I know it's not normal.
     
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    If it has hydraulic lifters (self adjusting), then there are no shims to replace.
    I'm not familiar with the 3.4.
    Now, are you sure it's not an injector tick? That is a common complaint on the 2nd Gen.
     
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    I have come to the consensus that these motors (3.4l) 'just tick'. They 'just do'. Mine does. And it pisses me off. Very noticeable from in the cab, only 118k.
    I just did my first oil change and used Mobil 1 I believe, but definitely synthetic. I used the recommended viscosity in the owners manual. I forget what it is. This sucker takes 5.5qt though!

    I used to use Royal Purple on my old truck, and was really impressed with the lubrication properties, but $11/qt is very hard to justify. I understand that you "can" go like 12-15k miles between oil changes with a quality oil like Royal Purple, but I would never do that.
    Oil needs to be changed frequently, but not for the reason you might think.
    When you drain your oil out at 5k (or even more) miles, it still lubricates fine, but it's turned black because of all the blow-by. After so many miles, your oil becomes more and more diluted with gasoline, which does not like oil function properly.
     
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    No it's not injectors. I know that sound, you can hear that as well. It's just a light tick. This is louder. My truck is very noisy. I have one of the loudest valve trains I have ever heard of the 3.4, which is already known to be loud. I have a buddy though that had his worked on by the same mechanic, and apparently he wishes his was a quiet as mine haha. Anyway, I've read there are shims that are supposed to be checked and replaced if out of spec, so I guess my valves aren't self adjusting
     
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    Oh these engines do tick! No doubt about that. I almost didn't buy it wen I heard it up to temp the first time. Sounded like it was about to fall apart. But I'm glad I did. Like I said, I swear I have the loudest valve train of any tacoma I hav seen. But this tick is different. It's louder.
     
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    Lol, first time I read this I thought you said you just did your first oil change at 118k. :eek:
     
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