Engine Oil Questions
In previous articles we’ve covered many questions and problems when it comes to engine maintenance regarding the types of oils used, how to change your Toyota’s motor oil, why changing your engine oil is so important, and scams involving service centers paid to change your oil for you.
However, today we have a new topic that was asked of a popular Toyota mechanic from the Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel---the advisability of switching the type of motor oil you use apart from the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Related article: Why Toyotas Burn So Much Oil and What You Can Do About It
Video Warning of Common Practice
In this video posted below, you will hear about a Toyota Tacoma owner who bought a used Tacoma and decided to switch his oil type from the thinner factory-recommended 0W-20 to a thicker 5W-30 to stop or prevent oil leaking in his new older vehicle.
This is not an unusual practice and one that can be found repeated on several forums where some commenters recommend this practice. But is it really a good idea?!
Follow along with the host---Peter---as he answers the Tacoma owner’s question and explains and warns viewers why you should not deviate from the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to the oil type used---especially in vehicles like the Tacoma that relies on specific oil pressure to control its intake variable timing and other engine-related problem possibilities.
Importance of Engine Oil
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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