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First Oil Change

Hey Guys ,
I'm getting ready to do my first oil change and around 1500 miles , going to drop the break in oil and switch to syn oil .
I did see there is a TRD filter , is this a better filter choice combined with syn oil ?
I did get a free maintenance package but don't believe the deal is going to use any thing but dyno oil .
Where is the oil filter located if you guys don't mind giving me a few pointers on changing the oil on a 2012 5.7 and any special tools required ?

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Good luck with the change. I don't run syn oil, so I can't help there.

As for tools, yes...you will need a filter wrech and a big drop tarp. The filter is under the skid plate so you have to remove it. Good luck.


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Did you not get free 1 year service from the dealer?

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Did you not get free 1 year service from the dealer?
It should be TWO YEARS.
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It is 2 years and it will use synthetic and they will change the oil at 10k and 20k. Tire rotation/ brake inspection is every 5k.

All 2012 Tundra motors are 0-20 only
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1500 miles?? Seems premature. Dont need to waste your $$
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This should help you Greguw --> http://www.tundratalk.net/forums/tun...il-change.html



(Why are you guys posting what "maintenance plan he should have that came with his new truck" ? That's not what he asked, and he may want to make sure its done right and do it himself. Even if Toyota gave me free oil changes for life I would never let them touch my truck.)
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I got robbed by not getting free oil changes.

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I changed mine @ 1500.
It's not that hard. Take your time
and have the right tools at hand.
Pennzoil Ultra 0w20.
Mobil 1 filter.
Dealer will do it again @ 5k free and rotate tires.
I like fresh oil.
Mine is especially noisy @ start when cold.
New/different oil did not help.
Flirting w/ an extended warranty.
$1150 for 8 yrs 100k. Piece of mind.

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It is 2 years and it will use synthetic and they will change the oil at 10k and 20k. Tire rotation/ brake inspection is every 5k.

All 2012 Tundra motors are 0-20 only
Wow I guess my 2011 MY is the last MY to use conventional 5w20 oil.

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If you got the 2 yr 25K maintenance, dealer should on 2012's do full synthetic oil ow-20 as recommended, let them do it, I would, even though I prefer to do oil changes myself. Just make sure they use 100% synthetic oil and not a blend semi-synthetic oil at every 5,000 mile intervals, not every 10K.

You must drop the skid plate (8 bolts, not sure on size but 3 in front 8mm? and 5 on the skid plate 10 mm or was it 12mm???). Then, there are 2 hooks in front you must lift up and over to the left to get the front hooks on the skid plate to release from the frames holes where the hooks slide into. Not that much of a pain to do, but need an extension on the socket to get at those 5 bigger bolts. It is just time consuming, but the problem I have is sometimes my socket oil filter wrench slips on the grooves of the oil filter casing since not exactly the correct size. So, a trick I use is to use a thicker rubber band wrapped on the oil filter housing to prevent slipping of my oil filter wrench. Also, use the toyota brand oil filters and insert very hard the plastic clear plug in the bottom hole to drain the old oil out first to avoid a mess. Clean the oil filter housing once off and replace both rubber o-rings with new ones that came with the oil filter and make sure you put fresh oil on the canister and new o-rings before re-installing. Not that hard to do, but it takes almost 8 full qts. of oil and is more time consuming than a normal oil change.
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They put a reminder sticker on it at 5000 mi ... I did get 2yrs . At the rate I'm putting miles on the truck it will take me 4 months or longer to put 5k . I'm basiclly using my new truck for traveling longer distances ... I have a beater truck for around town .
I have worked on Kawasaki motorcycles and did get into a habit of dropping break in oil around 1k .
The other thing is early on when I purchased last month I was crossing the GW bridge and a nice hunk of metal found its way to crushing the OEM skid plate and I replaced it with a TRD skid plate , not sure how the dealer is going to feel about removing that to change the oil ...
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This is a DIY for an oil change on a 5.7 Tundra. It includes a way to remove about a cup more of the old oil than you can by just draining.

Tundra 5.7 Oil Change
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It should be TWO YEARS.
I do have 2 years, but I wasn't sure that everyone got 2 years.

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Really, 2 years and 25K maintenance is nice, but really not much of a benefit to me. It costs me just as much in gas to run to the dealership every 5 months to change oil vs. doing it myself for under 20 bucks per oil change. Tire rotations would be nice every 5K mileage, but really not needed, more like every 10K or so plus I can get tire rotations done for 13 bucks at my local service station without wasting 15-20 bucks in gas to run to the dealer. If I ever bought another new toyota vehicle, I would ask sales to credit me back the 2 year/25K maintenance upon delivery since am sure is more than 250 bucks in their cost. I would ask though first since if they use 100% synthetic oil and can guarantee that they use that every 5K miles, then the benefit and expense might be worth it maybe?? Some say though that if you go to synthetic oil, you should keep using it and not switch back to regular oil, not sure if that still holds true or is a myth?
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