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Just bought a 2005 Tundra/double cab with 4.7 engine. When I went to check the oil, noted it was over filled by about 1/2 inch.??
So, was that done by the dealer to get the oil pressure gage to work?? Note the oil pressure gage comes up at start to about 9 oclock postion and after warm up stays at 8 oclock position, right on the line. Is that normal position? 155000 miles. Should I immediately drain some oil to get the level back to the full mark. Just two dots on the stick, assume the top one to be full and the bottom to add, like other sticks.
 

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Just bought a 2005 Tundra/double cab with 4.7 engine. When I went to check the oil, noted it was over filled by about 1/2 inch.??
So, was that done by the dealer to get the oil pressure gage to work?? Note the oil pressure gage comes up at start to about 9 oclock postion and after warm up stays at 8 oclock position, right on the line. Is that normal position? 155000 miles. Should I immediately drain some oil to get the level back to the full mark. Just two dots on the stick, assume the top one to be full and the bottom to add, like other sticks.
The Oil pressure gauge on my 2005 Tundra has been flaky for years. At times it indicates zero oil pressure when it is very hot. As soon as you turn off the engine and restart, it resets itself. It is only a concern if oil pressure is zero and the temperature goes up. I believe the culprit is the instrument cluster, and not the oil pressure switch, as i also have mis-indications on the speedo and RPM gauge at times. As for the oil, definitely drain the excessive oil, not good for your engine. My Tundra with 225k miles does not burn any oil between 4k oil changes.
 

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Ok, went out to drain the oil. Drove it up to the barn and shut it down. Decided to take picture of the oil on dipstick, than wipe clean and put back in and than take out again. Wanted to take picture of excess oil. Much to my surprise it showed normal, well about half a mark low. Did it again and is seems to be normal. Don't know how I got the variation the other day. Thanks for the reply. Great web site--know I will be using it as I get acquainted with the truck. I'm 86 years old and my insurance company says this is my 46th vehicle. Been with them since the late 50s.
 

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Did you check the oil the first time with the truck cold? It just seems odd that you said you drove the truck up to the barn then checked it. You should wait at least 5 minutes after shutting off the vehicle to check the oil, so did you check it the same way both times?
 

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Did you check the oil the first time with the truck cold? It just seems odd that you said you drove the truck up to the barn then checked it. You should wait at least 5 minutes after shutting off the vehicle to check the oil, so did you check it the same way both times?
That is good advice. Went out and checked it again after an hour and it is what I would call normal. Will need to add a quart in the near future. About 1/4 up from bottom mark.
I can see where it might be low if I checked it right after running it, but don't know how I found it way high that one time,
 

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Dont forget its not actually low yet. 1/4 up from the bottom is still well within normal operating range and it might happen, but its rare for a Toyota to burn oil, so it may never need any before your next oil change.
And check your oil change interval in your owners manual. I know you can ask 20 people and get 20 different opinions, but they are just that, opinion. Change it when its needed and you will be fine. Too many times you see people changing oil way too early. It does not help your vehicle to have "fresh" oil and its environmentally not a good choice, regardless of recycling.
 

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Just bought a 2005 Tundra/double cab with 4.7 engine. When I went to check the oil, noted it was over filled by about 1/2 inch.??
So, was that done by the dealer to get the oil pressure gage to work?? Note the oil pressure gage comes up at start to about 9 oclock postion and after warm up stays at 8 oclock position, right on the line. Is that normal position? 155000 miles. Should I immediately drain some oil to get the level back to the full mark. Just two dots on the stick, assume the top one to be full and the bottom to add, like other sticks.
My 2005 Tundra 4.7 oil gauge does the same, 9 o'clock at start up cold, then warms and falls to 7-8. Was told by Toyo mechanic a couple years ago is that is the standard for Tundras.
 

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Ok, good to know. Now if I knew history on the timing belt?? When I was looking for a replacement for my 2003 F150 the Tundra reliability history really impressed me. Didn't see anything regarding the timing belt. But, because of all the great reviews by years of consumers reports I didn't bother hunting up the forum. Lesson learned.
 
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