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How to Change the Fluids in a Toyota Sequoia

by Aram Khayatpour

Most Toyota Sequoia owners want their SUV to last as long as possible. Help facilitate this by keeping your fluids fresh so they do not become contaminated and damage the vulnerable parts they are meant to protect. The two fluids that Toyota recommends changing regularly are the engine oil and the transmission oil. The engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles and the transmission oil every 30,000 miles.

Transmission Fluid

1

Place a drain pan underneath the drain plug of the transmission pan. The transmission pan is on the underside of the car near the back.

2

Open the drain plug using the socket wrench to turn it counter-clockwise until it comes out. Then replace the crush washer on the drain plug with a new one.

3

Remove the transmission oil dipstick from the engine and wait for all of the fluid to drain out.

4

Bolt the drain plug and the new crush washer back into place using your socket wrench.

5

Pour four quarts of transmission fluid into the hole that the transmission oil dipstick goes into.

Engine Oil

1

Place a drain pan underneath the drain plug of the oil pan. The oil pan is on the underside of the car near the engine.

2

Open the drain plug using the socket wrench to turn it counter-clockwise until it comes out. Then replace the crush washer on the drain plug with a new one and allow all of the oil to drain.

3

Bolt the drain plug and the new crush washer back into place using your socket wrench.

4

Unscrew the old oil filter by grabbing it by hand and turning it counter-clockwise. Discard of the old oil filter.

5

Place the new oil filter into the spot where the old one was and screw it into place and tighten by hand.

6

Open the oil cap on the top of the engine and pour in the engine oil. Make sure that the oil level is correct by checking the dipstick.

Tips

  • Consult your owner's manual for the proper viscosity and amount of oil to use in both the engine and transmission.
  • Call ahead to make sure first, but your local auto parts store or repair shop should be happy to recycle both your used engine oil and used transmission oil.

Warning

  • Always allow your engine or transmission proper time to cool before working on either of these tasks. Engine and transmission oil can remain hot for more than an hour after use.

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