How to Change the Oil in Toyota Cars

by Contributing Writer

The one difference between changing oil in a Toyota car and changing it in a conventional gasoline car is that a flap blocks access to the oil tank. The purpose of the flap is to keep the heat in the engine-battery area, which allows more battery use over gasoline use. The flap opens wide, so it helps to elevate the car several inches first. This isn't necessary, but it does allow the oil to empty into a drain pan placed underneath the flap.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil in a Toyota Tacoma

Prepare Your Tacoma for an Oil Change

Lift the Tacoma with a car jack and then place jack stands underneath the car. If you don't have jack stands, you can drive the truck onto tire ramps and use a brace on the backs of the front tires.

Pop the hood, unscrew the oil filler cap and remove the dipstick. In the Tacoma, these components are on the left side of the engine very close together.

Slide under the vehicle, and see if your Tacoma has a skid plate. This large piece of metal protects the underside of the truck from rocks and debris and sometimes houses the oil components. Remove the skid plate, if your oil parts are under it.

Gather your oil drip pan, new oil filter, cleaning cloths and a closed end wrench. Slide under the truck and locate the oil filter and drain plug. The Toyota Tacoma's drain plug is on the bottom rear of the oil pan, with the filter to the side.

Change the Oil

Remove the drain plug, using a closed end wrench. Pull the plug out quickly, and let the oil drain into the pan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Clean off the excess oil, and replace the drain plug. Move over to the filter and remove it with a banded oil filter wrench or a closed end wrench, depending on how much room you have to work. Pour the oil into the oil drip pan.

Inspect the threads and check that the rubber gasket didn't stick to the engine block. If it's stuck, remove it. Coat the gasket with a bit of oil and replace the filter.

Slide out and refill the oil, using an oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 for cold temperatures and 10W-30 for hot temperatures. For models older than 1999, use oil type SH. Use oil type SJ on models from 1999 and newer. The Tacoma takes approximately 5.8 quarts.

Put the oil filler cap on and replace the dipstick. Start your Tacoma and let it run for about a minute.

Pull out the dipstick and read it. Turn off the engine and add more oil if it's not on the full line.

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Car jack stands or ramps

  • Cleaning cloths

  • Oil drip pan

  • New oil

  • New oil filter

  • Closed end wrench

 How to Change the Oil in a Pontiac Vibe

Start the Vibe's engine and allow it to idle until it reaches operating temperature, which is roughly halfway up the temperature gauge. Park the Vibe on a flat surface, then open the hood and unscrew the oil filler cap from the top of the engine. Lift the front of the vehicle with a floor jack and set jack stands under the reinforced pinch welds just behind the front wheels. Lower the Vibe onto the jack stands.

Crawl under the vehicle and find the oil drain plug -- the bolt on the lowest point of the oil pan -- and place an oil drain pan under it. Loosen the drain plug with a six-point, box-end wrench. Cover your hand with a thick shop cloth to protect it from heat, then remove the drain plug the rest of the way by hand. Allow the oil to flow into the drain pan until only slow drips come from the engine. Pull the old gasket from the drain plug, wipe the drain plug off with a shop cloth and install a new drain plug gasket. Reinstall the drain plug and tighten it to 27 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and six-point socket.

Find the oil filter cap -- the black, plastic cap -- on the driver side of the engine, near the oil pan. Set the drain pan under the cap and loosen the cap four turns with a ratchet and oil filter cup. Allow oil to flow from the cap, then remove the cap by hand once the flow of oil stops. The filter will come out with the cap.

Pull the oil filter from the cap and set it in the drain pan. Remove the O-ring from the cap, using a small, flathead screwdriver to pry it from its groove. Clean the oil filter cap threads and the O-ring groove with a clean, lint-free cloth. Roll a new O-ring -- included with the new filter -- down the threads until it seats in the groove. Cover the O-ring in a thin coat of new, 5W-30 engine oil, using your finger. Press the new oil filter into the cap.

Position the oil filter cap so the cutouts in the threads are about 90 degrees -- one-fourth of a turn -- from the grooves in the mounting boss. Snug the oil filter cap by hand, then tighten it to 18 foot-pounds with the oil filter cup and torque wrench.

Lower the Vibe to the ground. Insert a clean funnel into the oil filler hole on the top of the engine, and pour 4.4 quarts of standard or synthetic 5W-30 oil into the engine. Wait about two minutes for the oil to settle. Remove the oil dipstick, wipe the oil off it with a clean shop cloth, and reinsert it. Remove the oil dipstick again and verify that the oil level is slightly above the upper indent in the dipstick.

Start the engine and let it idle for about two minutes, and check for oil leaks while it runs. Turn the engine off and wait two minutes for the oil to settle. Recheck the oil level on the dipstick and verify that it is at the upper indent. Add more oil, if needed, to reach this point.

Screw the oil filler cap back onto the engine and reinsert the dipstick. Close the hood. Take the old oil and filter to an auto parts store of local oil recycling center for disposal.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil drain pan

  • Six-point, box-end wrench set

  • Thick shop cloths

  • New drain plug gasket

  • Torque wrench

  • Six-point socket set

  • Ratchet

  • Oil filter cup

  • Small, flathead screwdriver

  • 5 quarts 5W-30 engine oil

  • New oil filter

 How to Change the Oil in a Toyota Camry

Prepare Your Camry for an Oil Change

Lift your Camry up using a car jack and then set jack stands underneath it. If you don't have jack stands, you can drive your car up onto a set of wheel ramps. Make sure you brace the backs of the front tires, so the car doesn't roll.

Pop the hood and locate the oil filler cap and dipstick. A newer Camry, specifically models made from 1997 to 2000, have the oil filler cap on the valve cover. Remove the cap and dipstick.

Check what type of engine is in your Toyota Camry. If you have a 1 MZ-FE engine, then the oil filter is under the front exhaust manifold. Any other engine has the filter underneath the car.

Gather an oil drip pan, new filter, closed end wrench or metric socket and cleaning cloths. Slide under the car and locate the drain plug and filter, if necessary. The drain plug is usually on the bottom rear of the oil pan, with the filter near the front.

Change the Oil

Take the closed end wrench or metric socket and remove the drain plug. Pull the plug quickly, and let the oil drain into the pan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Check the threads of the plug for damage and clean off excess oil.

Replace the drain plug and move over to the filter. If your filter is located under the front exhaust manifold, slide out and look under your hood for the filter. Using a filter wrench, remove the filter and dump the oil into your oil drip pan.

Coat the rubber gasket of the new filter with oil and replace the oil filter. Slide out from under your car and fill your car with oil. Camry's dated 1983-1988 use 15W-40, 20W-40, 20W-50, 10W-30, 10W-40, 10W-50 or 5W-30 oil. For a Camry dated 1989-1991, use 10W-40, 10W-30 or 5W-30 oil. Camry's dated 1992 and on use 10W-30 or 5W-30 oil. The 5W oil is for colder temperatures and is the preferred oil for most vehicles.

Start your car for about a minute and let the oil pressure build. Check the oil level on the dipstick. If it's not at full, turn off the engine and add more oil. Lower your car and shut the hood.

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Car jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • New filter

  • Closed end wrench or metric socket

  • Cleaning cloths

  • Filter wrench

  • Oil

 How to Change the Oil in a 2002 Toyota Camry

Place a drain pan directly underneath the drain plug at the bottom of the motor. The pan should be big enough to catch 5 qt. of oil.

Unscrew the drain plug with a crescent wrench. Allow all the oil to drain out. Tighten the plug back to the oil pan with a crescent wrench.

Unscrew the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. The oil filter is located under the front exhaust manifold.

Dab some motor oil onto your fingers. Spread it around the oil filter gasket. This will make the filter easier to remove at the next oil change.

Screw the new oil filter to the oil filter housing with your fingers. Do not wrench tighten as this will strip the threads in the oil filter.

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Locate the oil filler cap on the valve cover. Unscrew it with your fingers.

Pour 3 qt. of oil into the motor. Pull the engine oil dipstick located in front of the motor and clean it off with a clean rag. Reinsert the dipstick to check the oil level. The dipstick has marks indicating the appropriate oil level. Add more oil if the dipstick does not indicate full. Pour in the oil in 1/2-qt. increments.

Start the car, and allow it to run for 5 minutes. Shut off the car, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Check the oil level and add more if needed.

Items you will need

  • Crescent wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Oil filter

  • 5 qt. oil

  • Rag

 How to Change the Oil in a Toyota Tundra

Prepare Your Tundra for an Oil Change

Lift your Toyota Tundra with a car jack and place jack stands underneath it. If you don't have jack stands, use a pair of tire ramps. Make sure you use a brace on the backs of the front wheels, so the truck won't roll.

Pop the hood and locate the oil filler cap and dipstick. These components are in the center on either side of the engine. The dipstick has a bright, yellow handle. Remove both components and set aside.

Slide under your Tundra and see if your truck has a skid plate. This is a long piece of metal that protects your truck from rocks and debris. Remove the skid plate, if your oil components are underneath.

Assemble an oil drip pan, a closed end wrench, cleaning cloths and a new oil filter. Slide under your truck and locate the drain plug and oil filter. A Toyota Tundra drain plug is on the bottom rear of oil pan, with the filter on the side.

Change the Oil

Loosen the oil drain plug using a closed end wrench. Apply pressure to the drain plug as you loosen, so oil won't leak. Remove the plug quickly and drain the oil into the drip pan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Clean off excess oil and replace the drain plug. Locate the filter and using either a banded filter wrench or a closed end wrench, remove it. Pour the oil from the filter into the drip pan and dispose of the filter in a plastic bag.

Inspect the threads and check that the rubber gasket isn't stuck to the engine block. If it's stuck, remove it. Coat the gasket with a bit of oil and replace the filter.

Slide out and replace the oil in your Toyota Tundra. Use an oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 for cold temperatures, and 10W-30 for hot temperatures. For Tundra models dated before 1999, use oil type SH. After 1999, use oil type SJ.

Replace the dipstick and close the oil filler. Start the Tundra and let it run for about a minute. Check the dipstick. If it's not at the full line, turn off the engine and add a little more oil.

Lower your car and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Car jack stands or ramps

  • Cleaning cloths

  • Oil drip pan

  • New oil

  • New oil filter

  • Closed end wrench

 How to Change Oil in a 2009 Toyota Corolla

Get everything BEFORE you start! A jack to lift the car up ( you could just use the one that came with your car-it should be by the spare tire), jackstands to support it (safety first!), new oil (for this car you'll need 4.4 quarts of 5/30 weight oil), a set of metric wrenches ( I believe for this car it's a 14mm drain plug), a new oil filter (go to a parts store and tell then your car's info), a filter wrench (once you know the size of the filter find the band wrench that fits (get both at the same time), and a drainpan. If you want to do a full service oil change, also get a small bottle of DOT 4 brake fluid, washer fluid, transmission fluid, coolant (premixed), and maybe an air filter. This stuff will cost a bit of money, but if you're changing your own oil, you'll need it all again every 3,000 miles anyway :)

Jack up the car. Look under the front of the car for a metal frame piece. Make sure you don't jack it up on anything that will bend. The front center of the car should have a place to jack. Check your owner's manual if you're not sure, it will show jacking points. Jack it up slowly, and once it's high enough to get under it put the jackstands behind the front wheels on the car's frame. Slowly!!! lower the jack. The car should be supported on the jackstands. Now, look under the hood. Find the cap that says oil. Take it off.

Take out the drain plug. On cars, looking straight at a bolt, clockwise tightens and counter clockwise loosens (lefty-loosey, righty-tighty). It will be on a large curved piece of metal (your oilpan) and will be about the lowest point on the engine. Take the bolt all the way out. Have your drainpan under it so when the oil comes out you don't make a mess.

After the oil is down to a drip, put the plug back in and tighten it. Don't crank it way down! Once it gets snug, tighten it enough that it is tight. Now move the drainpan and find the oil filter. It should be near the passenger side tire. It looks like a small pop can. Use the filter wrench to loosen it and take it all the way off. Again catch the oil in the drainpan. Look at the top of the old oil filter! It should have a black rubber ring on it. If it doesn't, look at the engine where the oil filter came off and make sure the ring isn't still there! Important! After a little more oil drains out of the oil filter hole, take your new filter, dip your finger in the NEW oil, and wipe some on the rubber ring. Then put the new filter on. Don't over tighten it! Spin it on until it gets snug, then tighten it about one half to one more turn.

Now go back to the hood of the car and add your new oil. For the Toyota, use 4 full quarts, then just under half a quart for 4.4 quarts. Then put the oil cap back on. Make sure to put the oil in before you start the car!!! Next, pressure test the car. Make sure you have the drain plug in, the filter on, and the oil cap on. Start the car. Look underneath (carefully!) and make sure no oil is leaking. Watch for about ten seconds. Or, you can use your dashboard. It should have either an oil pressure gauge or an oil light. Wait until the gauge moves up to about halfway, or until the oil light goes off, then look for any leaks. If there are leaks, shut the car off right away and retighten the leaking piece. If no leaks, use the jack to lift up the car until you can get the jackstand out, then SLOWLY lower it back down to the ground. Now check the oil dipstick to make sure the car is to the full mark. And you're done with the oil change!

If you want to do a full service oil change, just check all your fluids under the hood after you change the oil. Everything should have full marks. If it's not full just fill it with the right fluid. Then check your air filter, and check your tire pressure. Please rate this article as to how helpful it is!

Items you will need

  • A jack

  • jackstands

  • a metric wrench set

  • A drainpan to catch the oil in

  • A band wrench/ oil filter wrench

  • New oil!

  • A new oil filter

 How to Change the Oil in a Toyota Previa

Slide under the van with an oil-collecting pan. Position the pan directly under the oil pan nut, an easily identifiable screw.

Remove the oil pan nut, using a 14 millimeter wrench. Drain the oil for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Replace the oil pan nut.

Remove the oil filter, located directly above the cross beam of the vehicle. This is a round, cylinder-like object that can be loosened using only your hands. Replace the old oil filter with a new one.

Refill the engine oil, using the oil inlet under the driver's seat.

 How to Change the Oil in a 1995 Toyota Corolla

Preparation

Park the Corolla on a flat, smooth surface such as a garage or a flat driveway. The flatter the surface the better, as this reduces the chance of the car slipping off the jack.

Jack up the car from the front driver side and put on the emergency brake. Jack it up enough for you to slip your body comfortably underneath the front chassis.

Place a sheet, preferably one you're no longer planning on using, or a towel underneath the front chassis. This will make it a little more comfortable when you're lying underneath the car and also catch any spilled oil.

Place the oil drip pan underneath the drain plug of the oil reservoir, which should be located right underneath the chassis. Look for the large, curvy metal box with a single plug-like bolt at the bottom.

Open the hood of the Corolla, to will allow the engine to cool off.

Changing the Oil Filter

Loosen the drain plug with the 14 mm socket wrench until the oil begins draining out. Allow the oil to drain completely.

Use the oil filter wench to remove the old oil filter, which can be found under the exhaust manifold and is more accessible from underneath the car. You may not need the wrench, which grabs the filter with a vise-like grip, but it definitely helps.

Use your finger and lubricate the top of the new oil filter with a layer of new oil. There is a rubber gasket around the top of the oil filter; lube this up a little bit with the new oil.

Twist the new oil filter into the same place where you removed the old one. You shouldn't need an oil filter wrench for this, but you may wish to use one to tighten it.

Tighten the drain plug back into the bottom of the oil reservoir and remove the oil drip pan. You can also lower the car if you wish.

Adding the Oil

Take the oil cap off the top of the engine by twisting it to the left.

Insert the narrow end of the funnel into the top of the oil reservoir (where you just removed the cap) and add all 4 qts. of 10-W40 oil.

Tighten the oil cap on the engine and close the hood. Then turn on your car and let it run for about 10 minutes to stabilize the oil pressure and clean up any mess you made with paper towels.

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Oil pan

  • 14 mm socket wrench

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Beach towel or sheet

  • New oil filter

  • 4 qts. of 10-W40 oil

  • Funnel

  • Paper towels

 How to Change the Oil in a 2005 Camry

Lift your vehicle, or drive its front wheels up onto ramps. Secure it in place.

Locate the oil pan. It is a silver or gray pan with a single bolt protruding from the bottom. It is located on the underside of the car near the front.

Place a drip pan or bucket under the oil pan. When you unscrew the drain plug bolt, the oil will begin flowing immediately, so you must be prepared to ensure that no oil spills.

Unscrew the drain plug using a fitted socket wrench. Allow the oil to drain entirely.

Replace the drain plug and tighten it by hand until it is very tight.

Locate the oil filter. It will likely be either blue or white, but its color could vary depending on brand, and be shaped like a cylinder.

Remove the oil filter using an oil filter wrench or your hand. Rotate it counterclockwise to remove it.

Moisten the rubber rim on the new oil filter using motor oil. This allows the rubber to expand to create a better seal.

Screw the new oil filter into the location from which you removed the old oil filter. Rotate it clockwise until you feel resistance, then rotate it about a quarter-turn more. Do not over-tighten the oil filter, as it will be very difficult to remove again.

Lower the vehicle from the lift or ramps. Do not turn the vehicle on to do this.

Open the hood of the car and locate the engine oil compartment. It will likely be brightly labeled.

Pour five quarts of 5W-30 oil into the engine oil compartment under the hood. Use a funnel to prevent spills. You may want to pour in about 1 quart, then look below the car to ensure that it is not spilling out if you didn't tighten the drain plug correctly.

Wipe the dipstick that extends into the engine oil compartment and replace it in its proper location. Remove it again and look at the stick to ensure that the engine oil levels fall within the marked levels on the dipstick.

Dispose of all of your used engine oil at any mechanic's shop or automotive supply store. States regulate the disposal of such hazardous materials, so make sure you dispose of everything correctly.

Items you will need

  • Drip pan or bucket

  • Car lift or ramps

  • Socket wrench

  • Funnel

  • Work gloves

  • Oil filter

  • 5 quarts of 5W-30 motor oil

 How to Change the Oil in a Toyota FJ Cruiser

Park on a flat surface, apply the parking brake and raise the hood.

Slide the oil container pan underneath the oil pan, remove the drain plug with the socket and allow the dirty oil to drain into the pan, Wipe the area around the drain, and then replace the drain plug. This completes your work under the car.

Open the hood. Place the small can beneath the oil catch basin to catch any remaining oil, and then remove the oil filter. Rub a thin film of oil onto the new filter's rubber gasket. Twist the new filter on by hand.

Remove the filler cap and set it aside. Pour 5.5 quarts of oil into the engine, and replace the filler cap. Consider using a GF-4 oil. GF-4 oils provide improved oxidation resistance, deposit protection, engine-wear protection and low-temperature performance. Idle the engine for one minute.

Check the oil level with the dipstick; add more oil if it registers below low. Replace the dipstick and close the hood. Take the old oil and filter to a quick lube or service station for proper disposal.

Items you will need

  • 5.5 quarts of oil

  • Oil container pan (sealable)

  • Small can

  • 14-millimeter socket wrench

  • Oil filter

  • Towel

 How Do I Change the Oil in a 2005 Toyota Sienna?

Place a drain pan under the engine of the van. The oil plug is located at the very bottom of the engine.

Loosen the oil plug with a socket wrench. Allow the oil to drain out of the pan. Tighten the plug to the oil pan once the oil is finished draining.

Unscrew the oil filter, located under the exhaust manifold, using an oil filter wrench. Place the old filter in the drain pan with the old engine oil.

Fill the new oil filter with engine oil. Spread oil around the gasket at the top of the filter to lubricate the filter gasket. This will make removal easier for the next oil change interval. Screw the oil filter to the housing by hand. Do not wrench-tighten the filter, as this will strip the threads in the filter.

Slide the drain pan out from underneath the van. Open the hood for access to the engine compartment.

Locate the oil fill cap on top of the engine. Unscrew the cap and place it to the side.

Pour in four quarts of 5W30 engine oil. Pull the engine level dipstick (located next to the engine) out of the tube, and wipe the oil off the ends with a clean rag.

Insert the dipstick back in to the tube and pull it back out. Check the level on the dipstick, and if it does not stop on the full mark, pour in engine oil at half-quart intervals. Checking the oil after each pour, stop when the level reaches the "Full" mark.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • 5 quarts of 5W30 engine oil

  • Oil filter

  • Clean rag

 How To Change Oil in a Prius

Let the engine cool down so the oil isn’t too hot to handle.

Place a jack under one side of the Prius, and use it to raise the car. Place jack stands underneath so you can slide the jack out and use it to jack up the other side equally high. Put wheel chocks on opposite sides of one of the rear wheels to prevent motion that could make the car unstable.

Open the oil access door under the engine. This door will have three pins holding it in place. They aren’t interchangeable, so keep track of which pin goes into which hole. Remove these pins by pulling, and then twisting, with your fingers. The access door opens 90 degrees if you have raised the car high enough off the ground.

Place a drain pan under the drain bolt at the bottom of the oil tank. If the oil access door is in the way and you can’t raise the car any more, you can either hold the pan up to the drain bolt or let the oil make a mess on the access door before pouring off into the pan.

Remove the drain bolt, using a crescent wrench. The oil will pour down into the pan.

Remove the oil filter housing, using a 65 mm oil filter wrench--always change the filter when you change your oil. The filter is a cylinder in the same area, on the passenger side.

Remove the filter by turning it counterclockwise, as well as its gasket (the rubber O-ring that forms a seal between the filter and engine). Coat the new gasket with oil, and put it in place onto the filter. Put the new filter in place and replace the housing.

Screw the drain bolt back in. Don’t forget to include the washer. You may want to replace the washer; it’s called a “crushable” washer and is not meant to last indefinitely.

Open the hood and pour 4.4 quarts of new oil into the oil tank, or enough so the dipstick reads between minimum and maximum. Pour the oil in where you see a black cap on the left side of a silver metal tank. Use a funnel, and don’t overfill, as this reduces gas mileage, defeating the purpose for getting a Prius in the first place.

Run the car for five minutes. Check to see if the oil drain bolt is leaking.

Turn off the engine and close the oil access door, placing the pins in the holes they each came from.

Lower the car, and properly dispose of the old oil and filter.

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Jack stands

  • Wheel chocks

  • Drain pan

  • Crescent wrench

  • Oil

  • 65 mm oil filter wrench

  • New oil filter

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil in a Toyota Tundra 2008 5.7L

Instructions

Remove the skid plate. There are three screws and five bolts that keep the skid plate in place. Use the 10mm socket on the three smaller screws and the 12mm socket on the five larger bolts. Once these things are removed, push up on the skid plate and move it towards the driver's side of the truck. Then lower it from the truck.

Use the 14mm socket to loosen the drain bolt on the oil pan. After it is loose, finish removing it by hand. Have the oil pan ready, because once that bolt is loose it will start draining. Let the oil drain. Once it has stopped, replace the drain bolt.

Remove the oil filter drain bolt with the 3/8 inch extension and wrench. Some oil will come out, but not much. Use the oil filter drain tool that comes in the Toyota oil filter kit to get as much of the oil out as possible. Wipe everything with a rag.

Using the oil filter wrench and extension, loosen the oil filter cap. Finish removing it by hand. Have the drain pan handy again, because there will be more oil.

Clean up the cap assembly after removing the old paper filter. Insert the new filter, put into place and screw back on. Tighten with the filter wrench.

Fill with oil and check the level with the dipstick. Replace the skid plate.

Items you will need

  • Sockets: 10mm, 12mm, 14mm

  • Socket wrench with 3/8 inch extension, 3 inches long

  • Oil pan

  • Oil filter wrench, 65mm 14 flute

  • Toyota oil filter kit

  • 7.5 quarts 5W20 oil

 How Do I Change the Oil in a 2006 Toyota Camry?

2.4-Liter Engine

Open the hood of the vehicle and locate the oil filter. It will be at the front of the engine above the exhaust manifold. Place the oil pan under the front of the vehicle, lining it up with the filter.

Loosen the oil filter using the oil filter wrench. Allow the oil to drain from the filter. Remove the filter using your hands when it has stopped draining.

Apply a thin coat of oil to the rubber gasket of the new oil filter using your fingers. Screw the filter on the filter stud until it is hand tight. Tighten the filter ¼-inch with the filter wrench.

Jack up the front of the vehicle and secure it with jack stands

Crawl beneath the vehicle and locate oil drain plug. It will be on the oil pan at the base of the engine. Place the oil drain pan under the drain plug. Loosen the oil drain plug using a combination wrench. Allow the oil to drain from the pan until no more comes from the pan. Replace the oil drain plug until it is hand tight. Snug the drain plug with a combination wrench.

Lower the vehicle to the ground. Open the oil filler cap at the top of the engine. Pour in 4 qts. of oil and pull the oil dipstick. Check the level of the oil on the dipstick. It should be near the top of the "safe" area of the dipstick. If not, add oil until it reaches that area.

Start the vehicle and allow it to run for a few minutes. Check under the vehicle for leaks. Turn the vehicle off and check the dipstick to make certain it is inside the "safe" area of the stick. If not, add oil until it reaches that area.

3.0-Liter Engine

Jack up the front of the vehicle and secure it with jack stands.

Crawl beneath the vehicle and locate oil drain plug. It will be on the oil pan at the base of the engine. Place the drain pan under the drain plug. Loosen the oil drain plug using a combination wrench. Allow the oil to drain from the pan until no more comes from the pan. Replace the oil drain plug until it is hand tight. Snug the drain plug with a combination wrench.

Locate the oil filter. It is at the base of the engine behind the oil pan. Loosen the oil filter using the oil filter wrench and remove it.

Place a thin coat of oil around the gasket of the new oil filter. Screw the filter onto the filter stud until it is hand tight. Tighten the filter one-quarter of a turn using the filter wrench.

Lower the vehicle to the ground.

Open the oil filler cap at the top of the engine. Pour in 4 qts. of oil and pull the oil dipstick. Check the level of the oil on the dipstick. It should be near the top of the "safe" area of the dipstick. If not, add oil until it reaches that area.

Start the vehicle and allow it to run for a few minutes. Check under the vehicle for leaks. Turn the vehicle off and check that the oil level is inside the "safe" area of the dipstick. If not, add oil and recheck.

Items you will need

  • Combination wrench set

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Oil

  • Oil filter

  • Oil drain pan

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

 How to Change Oil for a 1996 Toyota Camry

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.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stand

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Oil filter tool

  • Oil filter

  • 4 1/2 quarts engine oil