11-23-2011, 11:51 AM
Going to have 10,000 miles on my new taco next week or 2. been thinking @ doing my own oil change with mobil 1 full synthetic and good oil filter INSTEAD of the dealer doing it for free for the 1st 2yrs or 50,000 miles whichever comes 1st. they use dyno oil. and i have to make an appointment and drive @25 miles 1 way.
what do you guys think? thanks.:ballchain:
11-23-2011, 06:09 PM
I agree with you. I use Mobil 1 0W30 with the Toyota OEM filter on my '02 Tundra. It has just under 122K miles and after my most recent oil analysis I had done by Blackstone Labs I was told I could go 10K miles between oil changes if I wanted to. I like doing it myself because I can take my time and make sure it's done right and I can use a quality synthetic of my choosing.
11-23-2011, 06:51 PM
My last oil change the dealer used 5w20 synthetic in my 08 tundra. Prior to that I would bring AMSoil 0w20 full synthetic and a TRD oil filter and have them use mine. They credited the cost of the oil and filter of course.
How can you turn down the half assed car wash they give you at the dealership?
11-25-2011, 11:41 AM
I'm with John. I'd rather do it myself and know it is done right. I've seen too many instances of them screwing it up. I know for a fact that several of their volume specification reference sheets are wrong.
Anyone who doesn't pull their vehicle dipstick and check the level after a dealer oil change and simply drives away is asking for trouble.
11-25-2011, 02:34 PM
If you have a 4.0L Tacoma w/ the oil filter on top you will be able to change your oil & have a celebratory beverage in the same time it would take you just to drive to your dealer.
My oil changes in my tacoma went super quick. Make sure to pull off the drain plug & put a small empty bottle (I used an empty powerade) to catch the filter overflow not to make a mess.
Also make sure not to drain the tranny, not to be a smart, many have made the mistake. Just sayin.
I bought a 10 pack of oem filters, crush washers online then get a $26 jug + a qt of Mobil 1 from Wal Mart.
You can also add your service online @ Toyota Owners to keep track of it.
11-25-2011, 06:49 PM
FWIW ... I got free oil changes & etc. for so many miles when I bought my 2011 Tacoma. I now have a little over 5,000 miles and have changed my own oil 2 times and this truck will NEVER go to a dealer for an oil change. I just do not trust them for the minor stuff.
However, my wife has her Honda serviced at a Honda dealer that has never made a mistake (that we know of) with her oil changes.
For me, NO Quick Lubes, Walmart, Tire Stores or Dealers .... however, I would worry somewhat less with a Toyota dealer than Walmart or Quickie Lube .... but, I just do them myself.
11-25-2011, 09:17 PM
Personally I would do it myself. Even though I have the 2 years or 24K oil changes I don't trust the dealer I bought my truck from.
11-27-2011, 01:00 PM
Going to the quick lube places and going to the dealer for an oil change isn't much different. The person changing the oil at the dealer generally isn't an ASE tech, they're just a glorified quick lube guy.
11-28-2011, 10:22 AM
OK!! Cool man. You guys Convinced me!! done deal! i like doing my own stuff too. to make sure its done right. also grease it every time i change oil. got almost 300,000 miles on my old 2001 tundra by doing it myself. thanks :ts: