Engine and Chassis

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

Low level Full 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.


"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.

Oil grade:

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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