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3.3 Removing the oil filler cap (4A-FE engines)

3.4 Sump drain plug (4A-FE engines)

3.3 Removing the oil filler cap (4A-FE engines)

3.4 Sump drain plug (4A-FE engines)

Every 4500 miles or 6 months 1.9

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3.7 Oil filter on the 3S-FE engines

5 Allow some time for the oil to drain, noting that it may be necessary to reposition the container as the oil flow slows to a trickle.

6 After all the oil has drained, wipe the drain plug and the sealing washer with a clean rag. Examine the condition of the sealing washer -renew it if it shows signs of scoring or other damage which may prevent an oil-tight seal. Clean the area around the drain plug opening, and refit the plug complete with the washer. Tighten the plug securely - preferably to the specified torque, using a torque wrench.

7 The oil filter is located at the front right-hand side of the cylinder block - access is most easily obtained through the top of the engine compartment (see illustration).

8 Move the container under the oil filter.

9 Use an oil filter removal tool (if required) to slacken the filter initially, then unscrew it by hand the rest of the way (see illustration). Empty the oil from the old filter into the container.

10 Use a clean rag to remove all oil, dirt and sludge from the filter sealing area on the engine. Check the old filter to make sure that the rubber sealing ring has not stuck to the engine. If it has, carefully remove it.

3.9 Using a chain strap to remove the oil filter (4A-FE engines)

11 Apply a light coating of clean engine oil to the sealing ring on the new filter, then screw the filter into position on the engine. Lightly tighten the filter until its sealing ring contacts the block, then tighten it through a further two-thirds of a turn (see illustrations).

12 Remove the old oil and all tools from under the vehicle then, if applicable, lower the vehicle to the ground.

13 Fill the engine through the filler in the camshaft cover, using the correct grade and type of oil (refer to "Weekly checks" for details of topping-up). Pour in half the specified quantity of oil first, then wait a few minutes for the oil to drain into the sump. Continue to add oil, a small quantity at a time, until the level is up to the lower mark on the dipstick. Adding a further 1.0 litre will bring the level up to the upper mark on the dipstick.

14 Start the engine and run it for a few minutes, while checking for leaks around the oil filter seal and the sump drain plug. Note that there may be a delay of a few seconds before the low oil pressure warning light goes out when the engine is first started, as the oil circulates through the new oil filter and the engine oil galleries before the pressure builds

3.11a Apply a light coating of clean engine oil to the sealing ring on the new filter

3.11b Screw on the new filter by hand

up. Do not run the engine above idle speed while the warning light is on.

15 Stop the engine, and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle in the sump once more. With the new oil circulated and the filter now completely full, recheck the level on the dipstick, and add more oil as necessary.

16 Dispose of the used engine oil safely, with reference to General repair procedures in the Reference Section at the end of this manual.

Every 9000 miles (15 000 km) or 6 months

4 Manual transmission oil level check H

1 Park the car on a level surface. The oil level must be checked before the car is driven, or at least 5 minutes after the engine has been switched off. If the oil is checked immediately after driving the car, some of the oil will remain distributed around the transmission components, resulting in an inaccurate level reading. To improve access, position the car over an inspection pit, or raise the car off the ground and position it on axle stands, making sure the vehicle remains level to the ground.

2 Wipe clean the area around the filler/level plug, which is on the front face of the transmission. Unscrew the plug and clean it (see illustration).

3 Check the oil level with your finger, or by inserting a home-made dipstick made from a short length of wire bent to shape. The oil level should be no more than 5.0 mm below the lower edge of the filler/level hole. A certain amount of oil may have gathered behind the filler/level plug and will often trickle out when it is removed; this does not necessarily indicate that the level is correct. To ensure that a true level is established, wait until the initial trickle has stopped, then add oil as necessary until a trickle of new oil can be seen emerging. The level will be correct when the flow ceases; use only good-quality oil of the specified type (see illustration). 4 On completion refit the filler/level plug and tighten to the specified torque.

4.2 Unscrewing the filler/level plug from the front face of the transmission

4.3 Topping-up the manual transmission oil level lio Every 9000 miles or 6 months

5.4 Withdraw the automatic transmission fluid dipstick from its tube

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5.7 Topping up the automatic transmission fluid through the dipstick tube

5.4 Withdraw the automatic transmission fluid dipstick from its tube

5 Automatic transmission fluid level check

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