How to Change engine oil in home

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Old 06 Nov 2005, 06:39 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 1999 toyota camry. The engine oil was black. it seems
that the engine oil need to be replaced as soon as possible. By reading
the posts here, I decided switch to a syenthetic oil which is better
than the mineral oil. I bought Mobile 1.
How can I change oil by myself?
Can anybody here give me some graph or detailed instruction?
Where can I find the oil displacement valve?
I am a new toyota camry owner, I need your generous help.

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Old 06 Nov 2005, 08:00 pm   #2 (permalink)
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<songlaigang@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>I just bought a 1999 toyota camry. The engine oil was black. it seems
> that the engine oil need to be replaced as soon as possible. By reading
> the posts here, I decided switch to a syenthetic oil which is better
> than the mineral oil. I bought Mobile 1.
> How can I change oil by myself?
> Can anybody here give me some graph or detailed instruction?
> Where can I find the oil displacement valve?
> I am a new toyota camry owner, I need your generous help.
>


There is an oil drain plug underneath the car. Check the owners manual for
details. You also need to change the oil filter.

If you don't have an owners manual, go to your library and see if you can
find information in a Chilton's, or other car repair manual.


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Old 06 Nov 2005, 08:24 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I coulda sworn songlaigang@gmail.com typ'd:

>I just bought a 1999 toyota camry. The engine oil was black. it seems
>that the engine oil need to be replaced as soon as possible. By reading
>the posts here, I decided switch to a syenthetic oil which is better
>than the mineral oil. I bought Mobile 1.
>How can I change oil by myself?


Easy-peasy. Drain out the old oil, replace the old filter, put in then
new oil.

>Can anybody here give me some graph or detailed instruction?


The drain plug is on the bottom of the oil pan; remove to drain and
then reinstall. The oil filter is on the side of the engine; remove
the old one and spin on the new, tightening until hand tight. The fill
hole is on the top of the engine; fill until the dipstick shows full.

>Where can I find the oil displacement valve?


There is no such thing that I know of.

>I am a new toyota camry owner, I need your generous help.


See above.

-Don (feeling generous)
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Old 07 Nov 2005, 04:07 am   #4 (permalink)
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Dont take out the trans plug, easy to do the oil but if you must ask
have a pro do it and watch the first time.

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Old 07 Nov 2005, 06:54 am   #5 (permalink)
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After you change your oil this time, change it again after 200mi. Wait
another 200mi and change it again. After that every 3-5 thousand mi. This
will clean your motor up. I've heard of things getting clogged up after
switching to synthetic in a dirty motor.

http://www.toyotaownersonline.com/parts-service/diy.php

-hbuck


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Old 07 Nov 2005, 08:50 am   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you so much!
I appreciate your answers so much.
I will have a try.

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Old 07 Nov 2005, 11:29 am   #7 (permalink)
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Additional suggestions:
Get a supply of oil drain plug gaskets, and use a new one each time.
They're inexpensive and help insure against leaks.
Get an oil fitler "cap" wrench to fit your filter. Goes over the top of
the filter and you loosen with a ratchet handle and extention.
If you're doing your own oil changes, let it drain for at least 45
minutes before removing the filter.
Over night is even better. Gets more old oil out, and less mess when
removing the filter.
I too, agree, do a couple of short mileage conventional oil changes
first before changing to synthetic.
May want to check auto-rx.com also.

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Old 10 Nov 2005, 11:02 am   #8 (permalink)
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This is very good advice! You could wind up with clogged lifters if you
don't change it several times at first. I found that out the hard way with
an old Plymouth.


"hbuck" <hbuck@nadaspam.att.net> wrote in message
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> After you change your oil this time, change it again after 200mi. Wait
> another 200mi and change it again. After that every 3-5 thousand mi. This
> will clean your motor up. I've heard of things getting clogged up after
> switching to synthetic in a dirty motor.
>
> http://www.toyotaownersonline.com/parts-service/diy.php
>
> -hbuck
>
>



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