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Old 08-13-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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DIY: Changing your own oil

A lot of people PM me with questions about how to change their own oil. I've always dropped the ball when doing my oil change and forgot to take pictures. I used Dooby as a model today and took pictures while we changed his oil. The following are directions on how to change your own oil in your Scion. Please follow all directions and safety tips. Remember, as always, if you break it it's not my fault.

The basic tools you will need to change your oil.

Paper towels
Gloves
Oil pan
14mm wrench
If you need it, a jack and jack stands or you can use ramps as I have done in this DIY.



New oil and a filter



Either jack up the car's front end and support it with jack stands or use ramps as I have done here.



Locate your oil cap and remove it. Place it somewhere you won't forget and place a towel under it to keep the area clean









By removing the oil cap before draining the oil will allow it to drain faster.

Once the vehicle is securely raised and the oil cap removed, place yourself under the vehicle and locate the oil pan drain plug. It's a 14mm head.



Loosen the bolt and remove it by turning and applying pressure at the same time. This will keep the oil from leaking out while you have your hand under it. Once the bolt is completely loosened, pull it out and allow the oil to drain into the pan.





Once the oil has drained from the motor you can replace the drain plug. (I usually run a quart of oil through the motor and let it drain just to help clean it out a little before replacing the plug)

Next, locate the oil filter. It's at the front of the motor as seen here.



You should be able to loosen the oil filter by hand unless the last person to work on it tightened it too much. If it was hand tightened you won't need an oil filter wrench but you may need to use two hands.



This is one of my little tips to making this as clean a job as you can. Rather than just spinning the filter loose and letting the oil run down your hand and arm, loosen it just enough to turn and slowly spin it until a small stream of oil runs down the side and into the drain pan. As the stream dwindles you can turn the filter a few more times and the stream will increase again. The filter will drain out the top until the oil level in it is below the opening. Once this point is reached you can remove the filter without dripping oil all over the engine, your hand and your arm.







Drain the remaining oil from the filter into the pan and use the box from the new filter to hold the old one.



Before you install the new filter take a moment and clean the oil filter plate and threads. It will go a long way to keeping that general area clean for you.



To install the new oil filter, dip your finger in the new oil and use it to apply a thin coat of oil to the rubber gasket of the new oil filter. This will provide a better seal and keep it from sticking when you remove it at your next oil change.





Now you can spin the new filter back into place using your hand to tighten the filter until it is just snug on the plate.



Nice and clean and ready to be filled with oil.



The new oil is added through the opening where the oil cap was removed. A funnel will go a long way towards keeping your engine clean and free from oil.





Once you have added the recommended amount of oil (just a little less than 4 quarts) replace the oil filler cap and check your dipstick.





The dipstick should show the level right at or just a little below the "full" mark. Sometimes it's hard to see with the new clean oil.



That completes changing your own oil. Start your car and check your work for leaks.

Be sure to dispose of your used oil in an acceptable fashion. You can place it in a portable container and take it to any local car parts store who will let you dump it in their bins. You can do like I do and let the city come and pick it up for you. (my favorite way) Either way do not dump the used oil in a trash can or the street drain or in your back yard.







Provided you had no leaks and the dipstick is reading the appropriate level, you are done with your oil change. The manufacturer suggests an oil change every 5,000 miles. I am still old school on this one and I do it every 3,000 miles or less.

See you can do it!
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:47 PM   #2
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

Nice, I'm just over due. Stop by and do a DIY on my 2gen.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

"FRAM" what tha hell, I alwayz use K&N oil filters. Nice write up
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:06 PM   #4
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

2 gen oil filter , sitting in car the oil filter is on right ft of engine under plastic flip, easy to fine, i change my at 500 miles and every 3000 miles i use mobil 1
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

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"FRAM" what tha hell, I alwayz use K&N oil filters. Nice write up
i heard bad things about fram too but if your conscientiously doing changes every 3k i doubt youd have a problem
i also run mobil one even tho im low mileage 16k i baby it
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

Another nice write up with great pics! Great call on changing that oil every 3K miles...
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:17 PM   #7
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i use fram. they work good.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:22 AM   #8
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

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2 gen oil filter , sitting in car the oil filter is on right ft of engine under plastic flip, easy to fine, i change my at 500 miles and every 3000 miles i use mobil 1
You change your oil every 500 miles? Dont you think that overkill? Or does it take you 3 months to get that much...


I really need to do this, I havent changed my oil since 32K, and im at 53.9K...
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

That is NOT good for a 4 banger. Nice DIY on this. I'm going to get a toyota filter as the dealer said that they would sell them at $4.50
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

Great step-by-step write-up. Just about any oil filter on the market today will do the job just fine, be it Fram or Bosch or K&N. I go as far as 7K miles on synthetic oil (Pentosin or Mobil1), with mineral oil it's safe to go 5K with normal city driving.
Exellent DIY for all
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

Question why 10W40 when the car says to use 5w30?
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Question why 10W40 when the car says to use 5w30?
May be cuz it's a supercharged engine? Using 5-30 is great for fuel economy, but in high performance applications thicker oil is better, since cold starting is not an issue in SoCal.
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

And the fact that Chris' dad bought him a case of oil for Christmas. =)
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

i got a stock engine and all i hear and see is 10w40 and what not. what is the best oil to use for a stock engine????
thanx in advance

nice write up by the way

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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

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i got a stock engine and all i hear and see is 10w40 and what not. what is the best oil to use for a stock engine????
thanx in advance

nice write up by the way
your oil fill cap says 5W30. Use nothing but.

I have used toyota filters and Fram... dont really matter.

I use Mobil 1 and change every 3,000

Nice DIY, but my ramps were too steep to use em and i marred my front bumper orange noe so I just jack it up.

ALSO Don't forget about that teflon washer, need to replace that as well for no leaks.
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i got a stock engine and all i hear and see is 10w40 and what not. what is the best oil to use for a stock engine????
thanx in advance

nice write up by the way
5W30 is what the owners manual calls for.
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Re: DIY: Changing your own oil

So aprox how much is this and why not just go to like Jiffy Lube? Granted, not as fun and methodical as doing it myself but do you guys recommend against it?
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So aprox how much is this and why not just go to like Jiffy Lube? Granted, not as fun and methodical as doing it myself but do you guys recommend against it?
do you really want to spend 50 bucks or however much it is at jiffy lube when you can just buy and do it yourself
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do you really want to spend 50 bucks or however much it is at jiffy lube when you can just buy and do it yourself
Just took the Ms. car on Saturday morning to Jiffy Lube, was $29.98+tax, so like $30. Took like 10 minutes. We did go at 9am and got a $10-off early bird special.
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Just took the Ms. car on Saturday morning to Jiffy Lube, was $29.98+tax, so like $30. Took like 10 minutes. We did go at 9am and got a $10-off early bird special.
so its like 40 bucks without the early bird special ?
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