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Toyota Tacoma V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 2nd generation 2005 to 2015 Toyota Tacoma with the 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 engine.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Tacoma 4.0L V6
Oil Filler Cap - Right Side
Twist Off Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance DIY tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the 1GR-FE 4.0 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Hilux, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet or a 14mm wrench, a used oil catch basin and an automotive funnel.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 3330, Mobil 1 M1-102, Purolator PL10241, Royal Purple 10-2835, K&N HP-1002, Toyota 90915-YZZD3, Wix 51348, Fram PH3614 and Pennzoil HPZ-21.

Yellow Dipstick Handle
Pull Up Oil Dipstick
Slide Under Engine Bay
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the truck on a level surface and then turn off the engine.

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

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

Twist off the oil filler cap on the right side of the engine in the counterclockwise direction.

Pull up the yellow plastic handled dipstick an inch or two.

The dipstick is located on the left side of the engine below the air intake hose.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Back Metal Oil Pan
Used Oil Catch Container
Loosen Counterclockwise
Slide under the engine bay and locate the black metal oil sump pan.

Move the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt which faces straight down towards the ground.

Loosen the oil drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

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.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten 14mm Clockwise
Oil Filter Location
If the drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

You can purchase new crush washers at your Toyota or Lexus dealership, at most auto parts stores or online at Amazon.

The oil drain plug washer or "gasket" is part number Toyota 90430-12031.

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

The oil filter is located at the right front corner of the engine on the driver's side.


Twist Off Counterclockwise
Lisle Oil Filter Wrench
Loosen With Filter Wrench
Spin off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old oil filter, you might need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.

I recommend buying the Mobil 1 M1-102 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip Pinky Finger In Oil
Lubricate O-Ring Gasket
Twist On New Oil Filter
Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 5W-30 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the gasket on the new oil filter will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

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

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New SAE 5W-30
Replace Oil Filler Cap
Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole on the right (driver) side of the engine.

The 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 engine oil capacities for an oil change with filter replacement are as follows: 2WD models except PreRunner 4.8 U.S. quarts (4.5L, 4.0 Imp.qt.) and 4WD models and PreRunner 5.5 U.S. qts (5.2L or 4.6 Imperial qts).

(The oil capacity for the 2TR-FE 2.7L I4 motor for an oil change with filter replacement is 6.1 U.S quarts, 5.8L or 5.1 Imp.qt.)

Please double check your engine type, trim level and drivetrain (two wheel drive or four wheel drive) to determine the correct amount of new oil.

It is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it. Running an engine that has been overfilled with oil may cause damage to gaskets, seals or other components along with sluggish performance.

Insert an automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

Slowly pour in only about 4 quarts (2WD models) or 5 quarts (4WD & PreRunner models) of the new SAE 5W-30 oil in to the engine.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap and fully re-insert the dipstick handle.

Check Dipstick Oil Level
Push Down Oil Dip Stick
Oil Change Complete
Run the engine for a few minutes, turn off the engine and allow the new oil to drain down to the pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

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

If necessary, slow pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until the level reaches just at or below the upper hole in the tip of the dipstick which represents the "Full" or "Max" (maximum) line.

Replace the dipstick and make sure that the oil filler cap is tight.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4.8 U.S. quarts (2WD models) or 5.5 U.S. quarts (4WD & PreRunner models) of new oil in order for the oil level to reach the maximum line.

Once the oil is at the correct level, replace the dipstick and tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction.

Be sure to record the oil change in your truck's service records. It would also be a good idea to check your parking spot, garage or driveway for drops of oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

For more, check out my other 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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