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Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FAE Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on a 2020, 2021 & 2022 Toyota Corolla with the 2ZR-FAE 1.8L I4 engine.

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2020 Corolla LE 1.8L
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Oil Fill Cap SAE 0W-20
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Twist Off Oil Fill Cap
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the twelfth generation 2019 (hatchback), 2020, 2021, 2022 (and probably also the 2023, 2024 & 2025) Toyota Corolla sedan equipped with the 2ZR-FAE 1.8L I4 engine in checking or changing the spark plugs. (The procedure should be very similar for vehicles with the M20A-FKS 2.0L I4 engine.)

Owners of other Toyota and Lexus vehicles such as the Camry, C-HR, Venza, Avalon, 86, Sienna, Tacoma, RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, IS 350, RX 350, UX 200, GS 350, IS 300 and ES 350 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few aftermarket oil filters that are compatible with the 2ZR-FAE 1.8L I4 engine with their part numbers include the following: Mobil 1 M1-103A, ACDelco PF1233, Beck Arnley 041-8066, Premium Guard PG4476EX and Royal Purple 10-2840.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack with two jack stands (or automotive ramps), a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet, a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel and a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench (optional).

The 2ZR-FAE engine's total oil capacity for an oil change with a filter replacement is 4.4 U.S. quarts (or 4.2 liters) of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

Please check your owner's manual for the correct oil viscosity recommendation for your vehicle and your climate.

The first several steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, drive the car on to a level surface, turn off the ignition and shift the transmission into "Park".

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks (or blocks) on both sides of the rear tires to help prevent the car from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil fill cap in the counterclockwise direction and partially remove the dipstick an inch or two.

Taking off the oil fill cap and partially removing the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out quickly.

Set the oil fill cap aside in a safe place.



 

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Partially Remove Dipstick
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Raise Front of Vehicle
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Under Engine Cover
Make sure the emergency / parking is engaged and the rear tires are chocked to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Carefully raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

I chose to just raise the front passenger side of the car.

Please do not solely rely on the floor jack to support the vehicle.

You could also drive the vehicle on to automotive ramps.

I recommend wearing safety glasses any time you work under the vehicle.

The underside of the engine bay is covered by a black plastic cover or "skid plate".

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Service Access Panel
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Second Screw
The smaller oil service access panel is secured to the under engine cover by four black metal screws.

They can be removed with either a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Remove Third Screw
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Remove Fourth Screw
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4 Screws Removed
Remove the four screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place.

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Pull Off Access Cover
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Black Metal Oil Pan
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Silver Oil Drain Bolt
Carefully slide the retaining tabs on the access cover out of the skid plate.

Set the oil service access cover aside in a safe place.

Once the cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the black metal oil pan.

The silver metal drain bolt is located on the back side of the oil pan.

The OEM oil filter is situated near the rear passenger side corner of the oil pan.

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Old Oil Filter Location
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Used Oil Catch Basin
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Loosen Oil Drain Bolt
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Carefully loosen the oil drain bolt a few turns in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm wrench and a 3/8" drive ratchet until old oil starts to slowly drip out.

Be careful when you remove the drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Carefully spin out the bolt and allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows down to just an occasional drip.

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Drain Out Old Oil
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Spin In Oil Drain Bolt
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Tighten Oil Drain Bolt
Inspect the washer or "gasket" on the oil drain plug and replace it if necessary.

The OEM part number for the oil drain plug washer is Toyota 90430-12031 (also known as 9043012031).

Make sure the old washer is not still stuck to the oil pan.

Clean off any debris from the oil drain port with a clean paper towel or a rag.

Spin in the drain bolt a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to help prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet until it is snug.

If you have a very reliable torque wrench, the service manual specification for tightening the oil drain bolt is 27 lb-ft (or 37 N-m).

Try to avoid over tightening the drain bolt to prevent from damaging the threads or cracking the aluminum pan which could result in an oil leak.

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Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
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Loosen Old Oil Filter
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Drain Oil From Old Filter
Carefully slide the used oil catch container to just below the old oil filter.

I highly recommend using an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600 since it makes removing stubborn, stuck and over tightened filters much easier.

Attach the oil filter wrench to a short extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Loosen the old oil filter by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

Carefully spin off the old oil filter.

Allow the old oil to drain out from the filter and the filter receptacle for a minute or two.

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Dip Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Twist On New Oil Filter
Dip your finger into some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure the old rubber o-ring gasket from the old oil filter is not still stuck to the engine.

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Continue tightening the oil filter about another 1/2 to 3/4 turn past finger tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the new oil filter which could damage the rubber o-ring gasket and result in an oil leak.

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

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Line Up Access Cover
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Slide In Retaining Tabs
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Tighten Screw Clockwise
Line up the oil service access panel with the opening in the under engine cover (or "skid plate").

Slide the retaining tabs back into place over the upper side of the skid plate (closer to the engine).

Spin in the four screws a few turns by hand.

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Tighten 2nd Screw
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Replace 3rd Screw
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Replace 4th Screw
Tighten the four screws by turning them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Make sure all four screws are tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Access Cover Secured
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Lower Car From Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert an automotive funnel into the oil fill hole.

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Pour In New Motor Oil
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Push Down Dipstick
According to the owner's manual for the 2020 Toyota Corolla LE, the total oil capacity for the 2ZR-FAE 1.8L I4 engine for an oil change including a filter replacement is 4.4 U.S. quarts (or 4.2 liters).

The oil fill cap on this Corolla had SAE 0W-20 printed on it. Please check your owner's manual for the viscosity specification for your vehicle and your climate.

Since it is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it, I recommend only pouring in about 4 U.S. quarts of oil at first.

Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may result in sluggish performance and damage to seals, gaskets or other components.

Slowly pour in about 4.0 to 4.2 U.S. quarts of oil into the funnel.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap, start the engine, let it run for a few minutes, shut it off, and allow the oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

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Check Oil Level
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Replace Oil Dipstick
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Oil Change Complete!

Pull the oil dipstick out, wipe it clean, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more SAE 0W-20 oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper dot which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

Replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on the clockwise direction.

For most models, to reset the maintenance required or scheduled maintenance message on the gauge cluster's LCD screen, follow these steps: 1. Turn the ignition to "On" but do not start the engine. 2. Press the "back" arrow button to dismiss the "not ready to drive" message. 3. Use the arrow down button to select "Vehicle Settings". 4. Push and hold the "OK" button to access the "Vehicle Settings" menu. 5. Use the down arrow to select "Scheduled Maintenance" and push "OK". 6. When you see the "Reset Data?" message, choose "YES" and push the "OK" button. 7. You should see "Reset Complete".

For older Toyota models, 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 switch 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 start flashing as they disappear and then 6 zeroes will briefly flash on the display. The "Maint Reqd" light should now be off.

Make sure you record the oil change in your car's service records.

It's also a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new oil filter and check the oil level on the dipstick during the next few days.

According to the "Warranty and Maintenance Guide", the service interval for changing the oil and filter is every 10,000 miles or every 12 months. If you have any special or "severe" operating conditions such as towing, short trips, taxi / delivery service or extensive idling, the engine oil and filter should be changed every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.

Please check out all of my 2020 Toyota Corolla DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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