Checking the engine oil level 270
Checking the engine coolant level 272
Checking the radiator and condenser 273
Checking brake fluid 273
Checking tire inflation pressure 274
Checking and replacing tires 276
Rotating tires 278
Installing snowtires and chains 279
Replacing wheels 280
Aluminum wheel precautions 281
Checking the engine oil level
Add oil O.K. Too full
With the engine at operating temperature and turned off, check the oil level on the dipstick.
1. To get a correct reading, the vehicle should be on level ground. After turning off the engine, wait a few minutes for the oil to drain back into the bottom of the engine.
2. Pull the dipstick out, hold a rag under the end and wipe it clean.
3. Reinsert the dipstick—Push it in as far as it will go, or the reading will not be correct.
4. Pull the dipstick out and look at the oil level while holding a rag under the end.
Be careful not to touch the hot exhaust manifold.
Be careful not to drop engine oil on the vehicle components.
If the oil level is below or only slightly above the low level, add engine oil of the same type as already in the engine.
Remove the oil filler cap and add engine oil in small quantities at a time, checking the dipstick. We recommend that you use a funnel when adding oil.
The approximate quantity of oil needed to raise the level between low and full on the dipstick is indicated as follows:
For the engine oil capacity, see "Service specifications" on page 297 in Section 8.
When the level reaches within the correct range, install the filler cap hand-tight.
♦ Be careful not to spill engine oil on the vehicle components.
♦ Avoid overfilling, or the engine could be damaged.
♦ Check the oil level on the dipstick once again after adding the oil.
ENGINE OIL SELECTION
"Toyota Genuine Motor Oil" is used in your Toyota vehicle. Use Toyota approved "Toyota Genuine Motor Oil" or equivalent to satisfy the following grade and viscosity.
ILSAC multigrade engine oil. Recommended viscosity: SAE 5W-30
If SAE 5W-30 oil is not available, SAE 10W-30 oil may be used. However, it should be replaced with SAE 5W-30 at the next oil change.
Oil identification mark
The ILSAC (International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee) Certification Mark is added to some oil containers to help you select the oil you should use.
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Outside temperature oil™
SAE 5W-30 is the best choice for good fuel economy, and good starting in cold weather.
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