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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 03:18 PM

The first oil change I had Toyota do it. 79.50 for an oil change! So I decided this time. 24.95 jug of 0w20 synthetic and a good wix filter for 6.95.

Get under there the guy at Toyota put the plug in so tight I had to use a half inch ratchet to get it out.

Next I look at the oil filter. It's a sock filter. On the bottom of the engine. You need a 64 mm oil filter wrench. Who has a 64 mm oil filter wrench? Well I don't. After trying many tools I found a pair of channel lock oil filter pliers and was able to use them incorrectly to fit the slots and twist it out.

Little frustrating. Rotating the tires wasn't much better. The same gorilla who put the drain plug in put the lug nuts on. Then the steel rims where stuck to the hubs. I had to lay on my back and kick them off.

At least it's done for 10k miles again. Or 2 months at least at my current driving rate.

Edited by toomanytoys84, May 17, 2014 - 03:19 PM.

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 03:30 PM

Maybe that's why they charge $79 for an oil change. Sounds like a real pain in the hinder end. 


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 03:38 PM

My wife's rav4 is the same way. When i did the brakes the hardest part was getting the tires off. She loves it. Its not bad to work on. Surprised how much oil it burns. Dealer says its normal and says it in the manual too.
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Posted May 17, 2014 - 03:52 PM

I ordered the right wrench for 6.50 from amazon. I put anti seize on the wheel hubs to hope it will keep then from sticking.

We will see how the next one goes. I am rather cheap and can't justify 79 bucks for an oil change. Walmart will do it for 20 something but I do not trust them to put the right oil in it.

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 05:05 PM

Walmart will do it for 20 something but I do not trust them to put the right oil in it.

 

Si, senor!  Good gasoline in engine!   6 quarts!

 

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 05:22 PM

My 2011 Town and Country has an engine with the old fashioned removable element. ???!! They quit doing that back in the 60s. The spin on filter was the new thing. Now they went back to it. Duh!     . . . anyway, I went to Walmart to get an oil change and they didn't have those filters. I had to go buy a replacement elsewhere and then have them do it. Since then, I go to Dodge to have it done.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 05:25 PM

That odd filter arrangement is one thing that really surprised me about Toyotas when I was looking into buying a new small SUV last year. On the RAV4 forums there were lots of guys running into problems dealing with the filters and o rings and such. When I had a Subaru it was almost 110$ with taxes for a synthetic oil change. I started doing them myself, nothing hard about it but I always seemed to end up with oil all over the place. When I bought my Mazda CX5 last year I purchased all the maintenance until 80,000km(50,000 miles) up front for a reasonable fixed cost.

  I don't mind doing maintenance on my tractors, even the diesel compact tractor is fun to work on, but I generally don't like working on cars.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 05:37 PM

Wife's last car was a vr6 jetta. Nice fast car. Oil filter was ridiculous expensive. I had sears do it and the second time they screwed up the internal oil filter they had to replace the oil pan.
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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:15 PM

No issues like that on my 95 Camry. Regular spin on that doesn't require crawling under for. Slant 4 makes getting to everything easy. Tires fall off when the last lug is removed.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:59 PM

I hope you got that oil drain plug in there good and tight.

There are torque specs for that.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 08:32 PM

I hope you got that oil drain plug in there good and tight.
There are torque specs for that.


18 ft/lbs is factory recommend. Not that tight.

Next time will be better. I hope the anti seize will stop them from sticking. It was a rough winter. Lots of snow and salt on the road.

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 09:13 PM

Shame on ALL your guys......Buy American!  (From UAW member, GM).   Anyway, my newer Terrain also needs that new synthetic oil and is more money. Filter is a little plasticy thing on side of block UNDER a cover, weird. My delux oil changes at the place I go to was $32 on most trucks, but this new stuff makes it about $54 on the car. Man, thought that was bad, then you guys say even more? Think the GMC dealer wasn't really much more on same car.  One thing they are doing tho now is making the changes last many miles. Mine was 7,500 belive it or not. Then got info from GM about program change and it is 5000 now. Makes you wonder if you want to go that long or not. Synthetic oil must be a Magic Ingredient!


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 09:24 PM

Toyota is recommending 10k intervals. The oil after 10k was DIRTY.

I hope this car last into the 200,000 miles. I am doing 5000 plus a month easy.

Toyota brand oil is 8.50 a quart!! A little research reveals it's Mobil 1. And I paid 4.90 a quart.

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 09:49 PM

My next oil change on the 95 Camry is at 217500 Miles (Every 4000 miles) I put 400+ a week on it. 

 

My next oil change on my Daughters 2000 Caviler is at 291600 Miles (This one is about done)

 

 

 

 


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:21 PM

1st question all don't you have prepaid maintenance for the first 2 years? that would be 2 oil changes and 3 rotations on a camry.

 

2nd as a toyota tech always change the oil drain plug gasket it helps maintain torque and stops oil seep. Here is my hint on the oil fiter cartage they like to seize in the housing  Don't put any grease on the o ring that causes them to lock in we have no idea why just some oil on it.

 

For tools be very careful those cheap oil filter cups tend to slip and strip the housing the best cup i have ever used is this one it locks into the actual filter.

http://www.ebay.com/...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

 

As for 10k oil change interval i don't believe it i did it every 5k on my toyota mobil one is good but not that good.

 

Also check you cabin air filter every 15K you can't imagine how much crap they catch


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