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Toyota 4Runner Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter on the 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 engine in a 5th generation 2010 to 2016 Toyota 4Runner.

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2015 4Runner 4.0L V6 Engine
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Oil Filler Cap - Right Side
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Toyota 4Runner SUV in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the 1GR-FE 4.0 liter V6 engine.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a 10mm socket, a 12mm socket, a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, an AST Tools TOY 640 oil filter wrench (64mm with 14 flats), a 24mm socket, a 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, an automotive funnel and 7 U.S. quarts of SAE 0W-20 oil.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Toyota 04152-YZZA5, K&N PS-7023, Fram CH10158, Purolator L25609, ACDelco PF2260, Pennzoil PZ-165, Bosch 72251WS, Wix 57173 and Hastings LF618.

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Lift Up Oil Dipstick
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Under Engine Cover
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10mm Bolt - Front Left
The first steps are to run the engine for a few minutes, park the SUV on a level surface and then turn off the ignition.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and lift out the yellow plastic handled oil dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and lifting up the dipstick will prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Slide under the engine bay with the 10mm socket, 12mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

In order to access the oil drain bolt and the oil filter housing, you'll need to remove the metal under engine cover (A.K.A. splash guard or "skid plate").

Remove the four bolts near the front edge of the skid plate by turning them counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive or a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench depending on your socket.

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Pry Out Center - Pop Rivet
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Remove Plastic Fastener
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Remove 2nd 10mm Bolt
Set the four 10mm bolts aside in a safe place.

Gently pry out the center part of the black plastic pop rivet fastener on the front edge of the skid plate with a small flathead screwdriver.

Then pry out the base of the fastener to remove it. Set the pop rivet aside with the bolts.

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Trying To Reach Recessed Bolts
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Loosen Rear 12mm Bolt
Move to the rear of the skid plate and loosen the two 12mm bolts by turning them counterclockwise.

You may need a short extension bar to loosen the recessed 12mm bolts.

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Remove 2nd 12mm Bolt
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Two 12mm & Two 10mm
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3 Plastic Pop Rivets - 4 Bolts
Hold the rear of the skid plate when you completely remove the two 12mm bolts.

Set the two 12mm bolts aside with the other fasteners.

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Disengage Hooks - Front
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Slide Back Skid Plate
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Oil Filter Housing
Lift up the skid plate and slide it forward to disengage the metal hooks on the front edge from their slots.

Move the under engine cover out of the way.

Locate the oil drain bolt on the rear edge of the oil pan and the black plastic oil filter housing.

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Oil Drain Bolt
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Used Oil Catch Basin
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Loosen 14mm Drain Bolt
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with a 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

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Draining Out Old Oil
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Tighten Drain Bolt
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24mm Socket & Wrench
Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary. The oil drain bolt washer part number is Toyota 90430-12031.

Clean the area around the oil drain hole before spinning in the bolt by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction.

Spinning in the oil drain bolt by hand will help prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 30 ft-lbs of torque.

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AST Tools TOY 640
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Move Basin Forward
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Oil Filter Cap
Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the black plastic oil filter housing.

An optional step is to drain out the old oil from the filter housing by removing the silver metal drain plug on the bottom of the filter housing. Then push in the plastic drain plug tool.

Use a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to turn the oil filter housing drain plug counterclockwise to remove it and drain out the old oil.



 

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Draining Oil From Filter
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Replace Oil Filter
To remove the oil filter housing, you'll need a 64mm oil filter wrench with 14 flats or "flutes" such as the AST Tools TOY 640.

Attach the oil filter wrench to a 24mm socket and a 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

Loosen the oil filter housing by turning it counterclockwise.

Pull off the oil filter wrench and spin off the housing the rest of the way by hand.

Allow the old oil to drain out from the filter receptacle for at least a minute or two.

Pull the old filter out of the cap and discard it. Pry the old rubber o-ring gasket off the bottom of the threads on the filter cap.

I recommend buying the genuine OEM Toyota 04152-YZZA5 oil filter.

Lightly lubricate the new rubber o-ring gasket with some new SAE 0W-20 oil.

Lubricating the filter cap gasket will help it form a better seal, prevent leaks and make it easier to remove the filter cap during the next oil change.

Push the new rubber o-ring down on to the bottom of the threads on the filter cap.

Push the new cartridge oil filter in to the filter cap until it pops securely in to place.

Spin on the filter cap in the clockwise direction by hand to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the filter cap with the wrench to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the oil filter cap to prevent from cracking the plastic housing.

Double check that the drain bolt and the filter cap are tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Replace 12mm Bolts
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Push In Plastic Pop Rivets
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Replace 10mm Bolts
Lift the skid plate back in to position and re-insert the two hooks on the front edge in to their slots.

Support the rear edge of the under engine cover while you replace the two 12mm bolts.

Tighten them in the clockwise direction.

Pop the black plastic fastener back in to place on the front edge of the skid plate.

Replace the four 10mm bolts near the front edge of the skid plate by turning them clockwise until they are snug.

Double check that the six skid plate bolts are tight.

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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In SAE 0W-20 Oil
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

It is much better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it. Running an engine that has been over filled with oil may cause sluggish performance and damage to gaskets or seals.

The oil capacity of the 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 engine in this 2015 Toyota 4Runner SR5 for an oil change with an oil filter replacement is 6.6 U.S. quarts (or 6.2L).

Please check the owner's manual to verify the correct amount of oil for your 4Runner.

Slowly pour in about 6 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push down the dipstick handle.

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Push In Oil Dipstick
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Oil Change Complete
Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off and allow the new oil to drain down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in the last of the 0.6 (6/10ths) of a quart of oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the upper metal dot on the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire engine oil capacity for an oil change with filter replacement of 6.6 U.S quarts (6.2 liters) in order for the level to reach the full line.

Re-insert the dipstick and make sure that the oil filler cap is tight.

To reset the "Maint Reqd" (maintenance required) light, follow these steps.

Regular Metal Ignition Key Method - 1. Switch the display to Trip Meter A. 2. Turn off the ignition. 3. Press and hold the trip meter reset button. 4. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position but do not start the engine. 4. Continue holding the button until the trip meter displays 000000.

Smart Key System Method - 1. Switch the LCD display to Trip Meter "A". 2. Press the Engine Start / Stop button to turn off the ignition. 3. Press and hold the trip meter reset button. 4. Press the Engine Start / Stop button (but do not put your foot on the brake pedal and do not start the engine). 5. Continue holding the trip meter reset button until you see 000000 on the display.

The "MAINT REQD" light should no longer be illuminated on the gauge panel.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

(The oil capacity for an oil change with filter replacement for the 2.7L 2TR-FE I4 engine is 6.1 U.S. quarts or 5.8L)
 

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