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Toyota Sienna 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the oil and replace the filter in a 3rd generation 2011 to 2016 Sienna with the 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 motor.

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2012 Sienna 3.5L V6 Engine
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Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
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Pull Up Oil Dipstick

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and also the revised 2015 & 2016 model years) Toyota Sienna minivan equipped with the 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 engine in changing the motor oil and replacing the cartridge style oil filter.

Owners of other Toyota or Lexus vehicles equipped with the 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 engine such as the Avalon, RAV4, Camry, ES 350, RX 350, Highlander, and Venza may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement cartridge style oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Wix 57047, Fram CH9972, K&N PS-7020, Mann ML 1031, Mobil 1 M1C-251, Pennzoil HPZ-161, Purolator PSL25608 or L25608, Hastings LF607, Beck Arnley 041-8190, ACDelco # PF2259 and the genuine OEM Toyota 04152-YZZA1.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, a 24mm socket with a 1/2" ratcheting wrench, a 64mm oil filter wrench with 14 flats or "flutes" (AST Tools Part # TOY 640), an automotive funnel and 6.4 U.S. quarts (or 6.1 liters) of new SAE 0W-20 oil.

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Raise Front Passenger Side
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Oil Pan & Filter Housing
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14mm Oil Drain Bolt
The first three steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the minivan on a level surface and shut off the engine.

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 the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Pop open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled oil level dipstick a few inches.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick with help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front passenger side of the minivan with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Slide under the vehicle with the used oil catch container, a 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Locate the black metal oil pan with the silver metal oil drain bolt located at the rear edge.

The silver metal cartridge oil filter housing is situated just in front of the oil pan.

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Cartridge Oil Filter Housing
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Oil Basin Under Drain Bolt
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Loosen Counter Clockwise
Position the used oil catch container to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counter clockwise with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Remove Oil Drain Bolt
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Draining Out Old Oil
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Tighten Bolt - Clockwise
Spin out the oil drain bolt and set it aside in a safe place.

Be careful since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the washer on the oil drain bolt is in good shape, it may be re-used. If not, it should be replaced.

Re-insert the oil drain bolt and spin it in by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the drain bolt with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 30 ft-lbs of torque.



 

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Slide Basin Forward
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24mm & TOY 640 Sockets
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Loosen Oil Filter Housing
Move the used oil catch basin forward to just below the oil filter housing.

Attach the 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench to the 24mm socket and the 64mm with 14 flats (or "flutes") oil filter wrench.

Some compatible 64mm oil filter wrenches include the AST Tools # TOY 640, Toyota SST (Special Service Tool) number 09228-06500-02 or # 09228-06501.

Place the oil filter wrench over the filter housing and turn it counter clockwise to loosen it.

Some oil may begin to drip down once you've loosened the filter cap.

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New Cartridge Oil Filter
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Dip Pinky Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Spin off the oil filter cap and allow the old oil to drain from the receptacle for a few minutes.

Pull the old cartridge oil filter out of the filter cap and discard it.

Pry off the old rubber o-ring at the bottom of the threads on the oil filter cap and discard it.

I recommend buying the genuine OEM Toyota 04152-YZZA1 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in some new SAE 0W-20 oil and lubricate the new rubber o-ring that was included with your new cartridge oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks, and make it easier to remove at the next oil change.

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

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Tighten Oil Filter Cap
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Lower From Jack Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
Spin on the oil filter housing by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Attach the AST Tools TOY 640 64mm wrench to the oil filter housing and tighten it to 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight or about 18 ft-lbs of torque.

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

Lower the vehicle from the jack stands using the floor jack.

Move to the engine bay and insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

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Pour In New SAE 0W-20
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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
The 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 engine requires 6.4 US quarts (or 6.1 liters) of new oil for an oil change with filter replacement.

(The 1AR-FE 2.7L I4 engine requires 4.6 U.S. quarts (4.4L) of new oil for an oil change with filter replacement.)

Pour in about 5 to 5.5 U.S. quarts of the engine's 6.4 quart total capacity in to the oil filler hole. It is far better to have slightly less oil in an engine than necessary than to have too much.

You may not need to pour in the entire 6.4 U.S. quarts of new SAE 0W-20 oil depending on how long you drained out the old oil.

Spin on the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction and push down the engine oil level dipstick.

Run the engine for a few minutes, shut off the engine, and wait at least 5 to 10 minutes for the oil to drain back down to the pan.

Pull out the dipstick and check the oil level.

Slowly pour in the rest of the oil while repeatedly checking the dipstick until the level reaches just at or below the upper metal dot.

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records. Watch your drive way or garage floor for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or filter housing. It's also a good idea to check the level on the dipstick during the next few days.

To reset the oil life system and turn off the "Maint Reqd" (maintenance required) light follow these steps:

1. Switch the display to "Trip A" and turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position (or for vehicles with the smart key system, turn it off with the "Engine Start Stop" switch)

2. Hold down the trip meter reset button while turning the ignition key to the "On" position but do not start the engine (for the smart key system, tap the engine start button once to turn on the ignition)

3. Continue holding the reset button until trip meter A displays "000000". (If your Sienna has the multi-information display, you'll see the word "Complete" appear on the display.

4. Release the trip meter reset button, the "Maint Reqd" light should now be off.

For more, please check out my other Toyota Sienna Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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