How often do you change your oil?

Discussion in 'Maintenance' started by Nathan, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. WhyNot

    WhyNot New Member

    5k, I just bought my 2015, has a sticker on it from the dealer to do next service at 5k, so in May I will take it back to them to do it this one time, then I will do it from then on.
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  3. rodkey

    rodkey Active Member

    Change to Amsoil Signature Series 0W30 and use Amsoil filter # EA15K51 ... change it and filter every 10K ... and enjoy increased gas mileage ... and a much longer life engine with less maintenance. I also use their API Performance Improver in the gas... and a K&N air filter. I am now getting about 21.8 - 22.5 mpg ... Hope U try it and achieve the same or better results.
  4. 858_tacoma_guy

    858_tacoma_guy Well-Known Member

    lol you sound like an infomercial
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  5. filamb

    filamb Member

    Toyota is only using Mobil 1 synthetic now. They recommend changing it every 10k miles. They do it on all their vehicles now. I did that with my 2004 4Runner from the very first oil change. Except I changed the filter every 5k. I got 366k miles out of it doing that. Castrol full synthetic is the only thing I used.
  6. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    All their vehicles?
    Do you have some kind of source avail?
    Ill never let my truck hit 10k on oil, but im curious when this came into effect for all their vehiculars.

    Or did you mean "all of their current models"?
  7. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    My 2017 Tacoma is every 5k for the toyota care it came with... they change the oil every 5k or 6 months for 2 years. Can't get much newer than that for now. So it's not all the vehicularas
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  8. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Yeah didnt make 1 bit of sense to me.
    Our camry is every 10k but im not sure ill settle for that. Thankfully its only at 2100
  9. billssr5

    billssr5 Well-Known Member

    the manual for mine says 5k but I go 5500k for good measure, 5k seems a little light for a full syn oil.
  10. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    My '17 Taco recommends 10,000 with the Toyota Care and synthetic oil. That's hard to swallow. I've never went more than 5,000 with synthetic.
    It was hard to switch from religious 3,000 after so many years of non-synthetic. I'm at 2,300 miles now and I'm thinking I'll still go no more than 5,000.
  11. billssr5

    billssr5 Well-Known Member

    I tried a 10k with MOBIL1 extended protection 0w20 but I chickened out and changed it at 7300k, I changed my oil today at 5311k miles and it was black as hell, 10k OCI miles seems a lot to me.
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  12. filamb

    filamb Member

    Two different dealers told me that. I have a 2016 4Runner and a 2017 Camry. Both are still under 25k mile Toyota care. The dealers told me they use Mobil 1 and only change the oil at 10k miles. The 5k Toyota Care is not an oil change I was told. They rotate tires, check fluid levels and hook up to the computer to make minor adjustments. I don't know when they started that. Like I said I was using Castrol Syntech and only changing it every 10k. I changed the filter every 5k. I got 365k miles on my 2004 4Runner doing that before it blew a head gasket. Do a little research on synthetic oil and you will see that it will last much longer than 10k miles.
  13. filamb

    filamb Member

    I would ask them if they are changing the oil every 5k or 10k miles. I bet it's only every 10k. Curious to hear what they tell you.
  14. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    They changed the sticker for my next oil change and it's 5k miles out from when I took it too them and I watched them do it last time. I could see the oil change in the bay from where I was sitting.
  15. filamb

    filamb Member

    They change my sticker every 5k too. What was the mileage?
  16. billssr5

    billssr5 Well-Known Member

    I think the synthetic oil will still lubricate the engine effectively at 10k miles, but the oil becomes very dirty going extended miles over 5k miles, doesn't mean it will hurt the engine but id rather change mine in the 5500-6500k range to get all the dirty oil out, that's just me.
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  17. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    I only drive my truck about 5-6k miles a year so I took it to them at 6 months for their toyota care and they changed it. My truck has 3300 miles on it right now.
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  18. billssr5

    billssr5 Well-Known Member

    wow 5-6k per year! I do that in a few months I love driving this truck plus its my DD, mines a 2.7l four so its fun to drive and still getting 24+ MPGs, but no highway power:( is the trade off.
  19. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    5000 mile changes.
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  20. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    It's not my only form of transport. :)
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  21. lordy

    lordy New Member

    A lot of how far you can go between OCIs is the length of your average daily drive. I used to hear that 30 miles driving burned off any condensation that may have accumulated in the crankcase. If you do only really short trips you should probably change sooner than later. Conversely, a 30 mile commute means you can probably push it more--5K-7K on dino oil. Also, oil will discolor sooner than it loses all its additive package or ability to lubricate well. The filter is the real workhorse. And, a used filter will trap more abrasive particles than a new one. It's still tough for me to go more than 7K miles before I change the filter, and if I'm doing that, the oil is getting changed too.
    Has anyone here had their used oil analyzed? It shows what kind of stuff is in the oil, like bits of metal or accumulations of various chemicals resulting from poor combustion, etc. I think Blackstone Labs is where you might be able to get it done. Also, have a look at website Bobistheoilguy Very informative.
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