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How to Change Oil for a 1996 Toyota Camry

by Robert Good; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stand

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Oil filter tool

  • Oil filter

  • 4 1/2 quarts engine oil

The 1996 Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan with a V6 engine. The oil pan is in the center of the engine on the bottom of the engine. The oil filter needs to be changed as well. The oil pan has a plug on the side of it and the oil filter is located on the right (driver side) of the engine oil pan. The oil pan on the 1996 Toyota Camry holds 4 1/2 quarts of engine oil. If you are driving in hot weather you will need 10w40 engine oil and if you are driving in cold weather you will need 5w30 engine oil. This is a simple process that just about anyone can complete with only basic household tools and little preparation.

Raise the front end of the 1996 Toyota Camry with the jack. Place jack stands under the frame at the support points and lower the front end of the car onto the jack stands. Slide under the engine and locate the oil pan, oil pan drain plug and oil filter.

Position the drain pan under the oil pan's drain plug. Remove the drain plug using a ratchet. Allow all of the engine oil to drain from the oil pan into the drain pan. Once the oil has completely drained from the oil pan, replace the plug to the oil pan.

Remove the oil filter with the oil filter tool. Pull the oil filter off of the engine and set the oil filter aside. Fill the new oil filter with new engine oil. Rub the new engine oil around the edge and rubber seal on the new oil filter. Screw the new oil filter into the engine.

Using the jack, raise the front end of the car and remove the jack stands. Lower the front end of the car to the ground. Open the hood and locate the oil pan cap on the top driver side of the engine. Remove it by twisting it in a counterclockwise motion.

Insert the funnel into the engine where the oil cap was. Pour four quarts of the new engine oil into the funnel to fill the oil pan. Remove the funnel from the engine. Replace the oil cap to the top of the engine. Close the hood. Start the engine to circulate the new engine oil. Check to see that the oil level on the dipstick shows full. If not, add oil until it does.

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Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.

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