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2009-2013 Toyota Corolla 1.8L Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & replace the filter on a 10th generation Toyota Corolla with the 1.8L 2ZR-FE I4 engine.

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2010 Corolla 1.8 Liter I4
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
Pull Up Oil Dipstick

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Toyota Corolla in changing the motor oil and replacing the cartridge oil filter in the 2ZR-FE 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Toyota or Scion vehicles equipped with the 2ZR-FE engine such as the Yaris, Matrix, xD, Allion, Premio, Auris and the Pontiac Vibe may also find these DIY oil change instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, jack stands, a 14mm socket with 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a 64mm oil filter wrench (AST Tools TOY 640), a 24mm socket with 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench, a new cartridge oil filter and 5 quarts of new SAE 5W-20 or 0W-20 oil.

A few compatible cartridge oil filter elements include the following with their part numbers: Toyota 04152-YZZA6, Purolator L16311, K&N PS-7021, Fram CH10358, Wix 57064, ACDelco PF1768, Mann ML 1048 and Hastings # LF640.

Jack Point - Raise Vehicle
Black Metal Oil Pan
Silver Oil Drain Bolt
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and turn off the engine. Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Pop open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and lift up the oil level dipstick. Removing the cap and lifting the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Cartridge Oil Filter Cap
Used Oil Catch Basin
Remove 14mm Drain Bolt
Slide under the passenger side of the engine with the used oil catch basin, a 14mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

Locate the silver metal oil drain bolt at the rear edge of the black metal oil pan. Move the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

Remove the oil drain bolt by turning it counter clockwise with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine in the first step.

Old Oil Draining Out
Inspect Metal Washer
Re-Insert Drain Bolt
Allow the old oil to drain out for a few minutes or until it slows to an occasional drip.

Inspect the metal washer on the oil drain bolt. If it appears to be in good condition, you may choose to re-use it. Otherwise, it should be replaced with a new washer.

Re-insert the oil drain bolt and thread it in by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20-25 ft lbs of torque.

Tighten Oil Drain Bolt
Black Plastic Oil Filter Cap
Attach Oil Filter Wrench
In order to remove the black plastic cartridge oil filter housing, you'll need a 64mm oil filter wrench with 14 flats or "flutes" such as the AST Tools part # TOY640, Toyota SST (Special Service Tool) # 09228-06500-02, or # 09228-06501.


Turn Counter Clockwise
Oil Draining From Filter
Twist Off Filter Housing
Move the used oil catch basin to just below the oil filter housing.

Attach the TOY 640 oil filter wrench to the black plastic oil filter cap. Loosen the oil filter cap by turning it counter clockwise with a 24mm socket and 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

This was the first oil change that I performed on my used 2010 Corolla and the oil filter cap was on extremely tight. I found that the filter wrench was slipping and beginning to round off the corners of the plastic cap.

To help create a better fit, I placed a piece of newspaper inside of the oil filter wrench and firmly tapped it in place on the oil filter cap with a rubber mallet. (Make sure that you are trying to turn the cap counter clockwise to loosen it.)

If that still doesn't help you loosen the filter cap, you may need to use a longer ratcheting wrench for more leverage. A last resort would be to use a compact 1/2" drive electric or compressed air impact wrench with the 24mm socket attached.

04152-YZZA6 Oil Filter
Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Dip your pinky finger in some new SAE 5W-20 or 0W-20 oil and lubricate the new rubber o-ring gasket. Lubricating the new o-ring will help it form a better seal and make it easier to remove the cap at the next oil change.
Pull Out Old Filter
Wipe Out Oil Filter Housing
Remove Old Rubber O-Ring
Pull the old cartridge oil filter out of the housing and pry the old rubber o-ring off the bottom of the threads with a small flathead screwdriver.

I'd recommend using either the genuine Toyota 04152-YZZA6 oil filters or the K&N PS-7021 filter since they have the best reviews on Amazon.

Push the new rubber o-ring on the oil filter cap until it rests at the bottom of the threads.

Install New O-Ring Gasket
Push In New Cartridge Filter
New Filter Installed
Push the new cartridge oil filter element in to the oil filter housing.
Twist On Clockwise
Tighten With 24mm Socket
Tap Off 64mm Wrench
Twist on the oil filter cap in the clockwise direction by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil filter cap with the 24mm socket and ratcheting wrench to about 1/4 to 1/2 turn past hand tight or about 18 ft lbs of torque.

If the oil filter wrench is stuck to the cap, tap it off with a rubber mallet.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and oil filter cap are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Lower Front of Vehicle
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In SAE 5W-20 Oil
Lower the front of the vehicle from the jack stands using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole and pour in about 4 quarts of the engine's 4.4 U.S. quart total capacity for an oil change with filter change. (The 4.4 US quarts engine oil capacity equals 4.2 liters or 3.7 Imperial quarts.)

It is far better to have less than enough oil in an engine than too much. You may not need to pour in the entire 4.4 US quarts total capacity depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out in the first step.

Twist On Oil Filler Cap
Check Oil Dipstick Level
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap, run the engine for a few minutes, shut it off, and allow the oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 minutes.

Check the level on the yellow handled dipstick and slowly add more oil until the level reaches at or just below the upper dot on the dipstick.

Replace the oil filler cap.

Press Odo/Trip Button
"Trip A" Displayed
Dashes Blinking Away
To reset the "MAINT REQD" (maintenance required) light on the driver's instrument display panel, first press the "Odo/Trip" button to display "Trip A". Then turn the ignition to "Off", press and hold the Odo/Trip button, and turn the ignition switch to the "On" position but don't start the engine.

You should see 6 dashes flashing as they disappear and then 6 zeroes will briefly flash on the display. The "Maint Reqd" light should now be off.

Be sure to record the oil change in your vehicle's service records. It's also a good idea to watch your driveway or parking spot for drops of oil and check the oil level on the dipstick during the next few days.

For more, check out my other Corolla DIY tutorials at the links below -

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

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