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Oil change

Postby smog7 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:30 am

Im going to be changing the oil in my car this next weekend, and i know im going to use castrol gtx regualr oil since my car has its original gaskets and it leaks a little oil every once in a while, but im not sure about which oil filter to use.... the one on it is a fram... any recomendations? also this is my first oil change :oops: any tips? i have the car manual, should i just folow those steps? i plan on switching to synthetic oil when i get new gaskets, so until then im going to use regualr.
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Postby Stubble » Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:19 am

Toyota filter. It's pretty straight forward. Drive the car to warm up the oil, then let it sit for at least half an hour. That way you won't burn your hand on the turbo unscrewing the oil filter. If you are following the BGB instructions, you don't need to remove the alternator air duct to remove the filter.

I reuse the gasket on the drain plug, even though you're supposed to get a new one. I always check for leaks after a good long drive.
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Postby theUNYTEDone » Tue Nov 28, 2006 4:54 am

+1 to what stubble said. i also use the same crush washer for the drain plug. As for the oil filter, toyota will be fine (of course)...NAPA has also worked fine for me. idk if you've heard this or not, but im going to tell it to you as if you havent: make sure you coat the new oil filter seal with oil before installing it.
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Postby db » Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:56 pm

In addition, I use a screwdriver and tap a little hole in the top of the old filter before I take it off to make sure all the oil is out of the filter. Otherwise, before I did this I usually got some oil dripping down into the nether regions of the engine block where it'll burn off and smoke for a bit.

Also, I just idle the car for a few minutes instead of taking it for a drive.

I usually just use the FRAM filters because they are cheap and easy to get and I change them religiously. But the Toyota filters are better, and the Mobil 1 filters are probably just as good though a little more costly. I never use a oil filter wrench because I don't want to over tighten the filter.

Other hints:

Get a paper funnel from the parts store. It eliminates the chance of missing the fill spout.

I believe it the drain plugs is 14mm, so make sure you use a socket wrench or normal wrench. Don't use anything else, or you might strip the threads. Also, don't over tighten the drain plug. Loosen the plug with the oil drain pan already positioned under the opening.
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Postby smog7 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:23 pm

ok cool thanks for the tips guys
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Postby maxaud » Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:58 am

maybe use a ratchet so that if you losen the bolt and it wants to fall off, you don't have to fish for it in a bucket of oil.
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Postby TomsGT4 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:37 am

Stubble wrote:Toyota filter. It's pretty straight forward. Drive the car to warm up the oil, then let it sit for at least half an hour. That way you won't burn your hand on the turbo unscrewing the oil filter. If you are following the BGB instructions, you don't need to remove the alternator air duct to remove the filter.


I remove it every time.
Takes only a minute, gives more room to tighten up the filter, & not worrying about burning my hands if the engine is still too hot.
+1 for Fram. The grip on it is nice too.
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Postby suprakid95 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:20 am

i'v heard alot of bad things about fram and their quality....if you cut them apart and compare it to a oem oil filter you can see the difference.
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Postby db » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:57 pm

I've used Fram oil filters on my car for 100,000 miles and haven't had any problems with oil filtration.

Is it the world's best filter? No.

But if you regularly change your oil and filter, and take good care of the engine in general, I think Fram's will be sufficient for 90% of the people out there.
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Postby theUNYTEDone » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:10 pm

maxaud wrote:maybe use a ratchet so that if you losen the bolt and it wants to fall off, you don't have to fish for it in a bucket of oil.

happened to me, only it was into the box of recycled absorbing material. that was a right biscut to clean off. ><
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Postby smog7 » Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:10 pm

i just bought the toyota filter, its only about $1.50 more then the fram one....
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Postby theUNYTEDone » Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:58 am

kool! let us know how the oil change goes...
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Postby CDN-GT4 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:52 pm

I went and bought a box of 10 filters from Toyota, it makes them virtually the same price as the Fram filters.
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Postby smog7 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:38 pm

yeah everything went ok with the oil change, only thing is that toyota sold me the wrong filter, so instead of driving 15min back to toyota i just went to autozone and picked up a fram.. i have to pick up my new throttle body inlet tomorrow, so ill exchange the filter for the correct one. ill just you it on my next oil change
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Postby smog7 » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:13 pm

on the same topic.. how often do you guys change your oil and oil filter? im using regular so im guessing i should be changing it more often then if i were using snthetic?
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