Changing the oil in your Toyota Corolla is essential to the life of the car. The Toyota Corolla uses a high-output motor that needs fresh oil to keep the engine running smoothly. The recommended oil change interval is 3,000 miles or 3 months. This will keep the oil from losing its viscosity and lubricating qualities. Changing your oil at regular intervals will ensure that your Toyota operates for many miles for years to come with minimal motor issues. The oil change will only take 30 minutes to complete.
Things You'll Need
- Crescent wrench
- Drain pan
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil filter
- 4 quarts motor oil
- Clean rag
Draining the Engine Oil
Locate the oil pan underneath the vehicle. The oil pan sits directly below the engine.
Place a drain pan underneath the motor. The pan should be large enough to catch up to five quarts.
Loosen the drain plug with a crescent wrench. Allow all the oil to drain into the pan. Tighten the drain plug once the oil has drained completely.
Pull the oil filter off with an oil filter wrench. The oil filter will be located to the front of the motor. Place the oil filter with the waste oil.
Rub oil around the gasket of the new oil filter. This will lubricate the gasket and produce a better seal when you install the filter.
Fill the oil filter with motor oil. Tighten the oil filter to the filter housing by hand.
Adding the Engine Oil
Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Locate the oil cap on the top of the engine. Unscrew the oil cap and place it to the side.
Pour in three quarts of oil. Pull the engine oil dipstick and wipe it clean with a fresh rag. The dipstick will be located to the front of the motor.
Insert the dipstick and pull it back out of the tube. Check the oil level against the markings on the dipstick. If the oil level is low, then add additional oil in half-quart increments, checking the level and stopping when it reads full. Screw the oil cap back on to the top of the engine.
Start the car and allow it to run for five minutes. Turn the car off and let it sit for an additional five minutes. Check the oil again to make sure that the level is at the full mark.
Tips & Warnings
- You can raise the vehicle for more room to work.
- Toyota recommends 5W30 motor oil.
- Contact your automotive parts store or a local recycling center to dispose of the waste oil.
- Use extreme caution when working under the car. Ensure the parking brake is set and the car is sitting on level ground.
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