Why engine oil is changed?
The car’s engine oil is an important component, which has the purpose of lubricating individual parts of the engine. The engine oil helps ensure that the moving parts work smoothly and if there is not enough oil in the engine, it will cause increased friction. If or when the amount of oil decreases, the remaining oil becomes more strained and you run the risk of damaging vital parts of the engine.
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To prevent that the engine lacks oil or that the oil has lost its lubricating properties, it is important that you frequently check the oil level and have the engine oil changed as recommended by the manufacturer. It states in the service manual the type of oil your car runs on and how often the oil should be changed.
If you are in doubt, then inquire at your local garage where with guarantee you will be informed on the type of oil you should use if your car needs an extra filling between two regular oil changes.
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If you are unsure about the costs of having an oil change on your Toyota, we have helped you by calculating an average price of a regular oil change for your Toyota – see below.
As stated, this is an average price. We have calculated the price based on an average of all the quotes for an oil change that Toyota owners have accepted from garages associated with our garage portal.
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When should the engine oil be changed?
If the engine lacks oil, you will typically find about it via a warning light on the dashboard. However, the warning light should preferably not come on, since this indicates that the engine truly lacks oil.
A Toyota normally requires an oil change after having driven 15.000 km. Many garages regularly perform oil changes in connection with a servicing of a car. However, between each oil change the engine may require that extra oil be filled. This applies particularly to older cars where the engine ‘uses the oil’.
It is important that the engine does not have a low oil level, since that puts extra wear. It is therefore a good idea to check the engine oil level. Most manufacturers actually recommend that you check the oil level once a week or every 2,000 kilometers.
5 good tips on oil changes
If you are planning a long road trip, it's a good idea to check the oil level beforehand. Long, demanding road trips of several thousand kilometers will in fact increase the consumption of oil and therefore it is important that you do not start the holidays with a low oil level.
Be sure to always have a can of oil in the car when going on long road trips.
It is important to remember not to mix two kinds of engine oil with different specifications. If this happens, you risk deteriorating the properties of the original oil.
Do not spill oil on the engine when filling. It can at worst cause a fire in the engine compartment.
When you change your oil at regular intervals, you ensure that the engine's mechanical parts are lubricated properly. Newly filled engine oil also helps clean the engine and collect the dirt, which automatically accumulate in the system. As the oil start to contain dirt, the car's performance is reduced, and the engine is worn faster.
How to change oil on your car yourself
An oil change in the car is one of those tasks that a car owner can do on their own. We go through here step by step how to change the engine oil in your car.
First, you need the following things:
• Find a container that you can use to collect the used oil
• Funnel for filling the new oil
• A hex wrench or a socket wrench to loosen the drain plug
• New engine oil with the right specifications
• A pair of heavy gloves
Today there are engine oils on the market that are designed for a specific type of engine. You must therefore always find out what type of engine oil is best for your car. You can normally find the information in the car’s service manual or you can ask at the place where you buy the oil.
If you choose to buy engine oil online, there are websites where by simply entering the registration number, you are sent the oil that suits your Toyota.
Oil change: step by step
- Find the drain plug under the car.
- Start the engine and leave it idling for a few minutes.
- Turn off the engine and place the collection container under the drain plug.
- Use the socket wrench to loosen the drain plug. Remember to use gloves, since the oil is hot.
- Once all the oil has drained out, you can screw the drain plug back in again.
- Use the funnel when you fill the new engine oil.
- Restart the engine and leave it idling. Make sure the oil does not leak from the drain plug. Tighten the drain plug if necessary.
- It may be a good idea to change the oil filter, which helps to keep the oil clean.
- Remember to return the used oil to a recycling centre.
If you do not want to change the engine oil yourself, then request quotes on Autobutler and have a garage change the engine oil in your Toyota.