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Toyota Corolla S Engine Oil Change Guide
A pictures illustrated step by step instruction manual for changing the 1ZZ-FE 1.8L engine oil in a 2003 to 2008 Toyota Corolla S.

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2005 Toyota Corolla S

Oil Catch Container

Pure ONE Oil Filter PL14476

This picture illustrated guide is intended to assist owners of the 9th generation 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Toyota Corolla S equipped with the 1ZZ-FE 1.8L I4 engine in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter.

Owners of other Toyota Corolla model years from 1966 to present (1st to 10th generation) may also find this guide helpful.

Other cars that might have similar engines or motor oil change procedures include the Toyota Camry, Prius Hybrid, Rav4, Celica, Paseo, Matrix, Auris, Scion tC, Geo Prizm, and the Pontiac Vibe.

To begin you'll need either 4 or 5 U.S. quarts of SAE 5W-30 engine oil which is the preferred lubrication for the 1ZZ-FE 1.8L I4 motor according to the owner's manual.

The original 1ZZ-FE 1.8L I4 engine has a total capacity of 3.9 U.S. quarts (or 3.7L) for an oil change with a filter replacement.

Important Update - If your Corolla has been updated with the new oil dipstick (Toyota 15301-22050) according to the technical service bulletin (or "TSB") number T-SB-0134-08 (TSB 0134-08), the total oil capacity for an oil change with a filter replacement has been updated to 4.4 U.S. quarts (or 4.2L).

Please double check the oil capacity specification and recommended oil viscosity in your owner's manual. It may vary depending on the model year, trim level and your region of the world. Be sure to check your vehicle's service records for any TSB updated information.

I bought an inexpensive 12 quart box of Advance Auto Parts brand 5W-30. I don't think this well engineered Japanese economy engine needs synthetic or anything more expensive.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers include the following: Toyota 90915-YZZF2, Mobil 1 M1-103, Fram PH4967, Royal Purple 10-2840, Wix 51394, Bosch 3311, Mann-Filter ML 1009 and Purolator PL14476.

Oil Drain Bolt & Sump
Oil Filter Receptacle
Before you jack up the car, start the engine and let it run for a few minutes to get all the contaminant particles in the engine suspended in the oil.

Once the engine is warm turn it off.

A cold engine oil change will leave pollutants inside the crankcase and cause premature wear.

Then remove the oil filler cap and partially lift out the oil dipstick to help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil flow to flow out quickly.

Be sure to use jack stands as a backup precautionary safety measure.

Place the used oil basin just below the drain bolt.

Locate the oil sump (or "oil pan") at the front left of the vehicle's underside and remove the 14MM oil drain plug bolt by turning it counterclockwise.

Funnel In Engine Oil Fill
Used Mobil MO 4477 Filter
Go take a break for 5 minutes and let all the old oil drain out.

Check the condition of the washer or "gasket" on the oil drain bolt and replace it if necessary. The oil drain bolt gasket part number is Toyota 90430-12031. I usually change the drain bolt washer during every oil change to help prevent oil leaks.

Then you can clean the oil drain bolt, clean the oil drain hole and replace the oil drain plug.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight.

If you have a torque wrench, the service manual for the 2004 Corolla has a torque specification of 27 lb-ft (or 37 N*m) for tightening the oil drain bolt.

(The full torque specification in the shop manual is as follows - Torque: 37 N*m [377 kgf*cm, 27 in.*lbf]. The 37 Newton meters torque specification converts to 27.2897 lb-ft.)

Be careful with how tight you screw in the oil drain bolt, some oil sump pans are soft aluminum and can be cracked or the threads can be damaging by using too much torque.

The oil filter is situated in front of the oil pan.

Spin off the old oil filter by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble removing the old oil filter, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

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

I recommend buying the genuine OEM Toyota 90915-YZZF2 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon..

Dip your pinky finger in to some new oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new filter.

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

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/2 to 1/3 turn past finger tight.

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

Now you can carefully lower the car off the jack stands.

Put the funnel into the oil fill hole located in the valve cover.

Start by pouring in just 3 and 1/2 quarts, start the engine, let it run for a few minutes, turn it off, and then check the oil level on the dipstick.

Add more oil until the dipstick indicates that the oil level is full. It should be at or just below the "MAX" (Maximum) line on the dipstick.

The total oil capacity specification in the owner's manual for the original 1ZZ-FE engine is 3.9 U.S quarts (or 3.7 liters).

If your Corolla has the new oil dipstick for T-SB-0134-08, the oil capacity for an oil change with an oil filter replacement is now the larger quantity of 4.4 U.S. quarts (or 4.2 liters or 3.7 Imperial quarts).

Please double check your owner's manual and service records for the correct oil capacity specification for your vehicle.

Here is the 2005 Corolla owner's manual specification page (with original dipstick) -

Oil capacity (drain and refill),
L (qt., Imp. qt.):

1ZZ−FE engine
With filter 3.7L (3.9 U.S. quarts, 3.3 Imperial quarts)
Without filter 3.5L (3.7 U.S. quarts, 3.1 Imperial quarts)

2ZZ−GE engine
With filter 4.4 (4.8, 4.0)
Without filter 4.2 (4.6, 3.8)

Here is the information on the notice for Techical Service Bulletin # T-SB-0134-08 (with new updated dipstick)



The capacity has increased 0.5 liters
(0.5 U.S. qts., 0.4 lmp. qts.)

Oil Change With Filter Replacement 4.2 liters (4.4 U.S. qts.,3.7 Imp. qts.)

Craftsman 2 1/4 Ton Trolley Jack
SAE 5W-30 Motor Oil

3 Ton Jack Stand
To turn off or reset the Maintenance Required light (Maint. Reqd.) on the car's gauge panel, change the LCD display to show the odometer reading (your car's total miles driven), turn the ignition key to "Off", press & hold the "Reset" button located just to the right of the LCD display, turn the key to "On" (not "Start"), after a few seconds the odometer will flash 00000 and the MAINT REQD indicator light will go away.

It would be a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh oil during the new few days since they might indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

Be sure to write down the oil change in your vehicle's service manual.

For more of my automotive how-to guides and product reviews, click on the following links: Toyota Corolla Engine Oil Change, Toyota Corolla Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide, Toyota Corolla Timing Chain Tensioner Replacement Guide, Toyota Corolla Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide, Toyota Corolla Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide, Toyota Corolla Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide, Toyota Corolla Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide, Toyota Corolla Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide, Meguiar's Headlight Buffing & Restoration Kit Review, K&N Air Filter Cleaning Guide, WeatherTech FloorLiner Interior Mats Review, Tail Light & Headlight Condensation Repair Guide, Garmin Nuvi 260W GPS Review, Buffing Old Faded Headlights, and Interior Carpet Replacement Guide.

For more, check out my other 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides.

If you have a newer model check out my 2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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