How to Add Gear Oil to a Toyota Truck
From time to time, good maintenance requires a Toyota truck owner to check oil levels and top off the engine fluids as needed. The process can be performed by just about anyone. For trucks, both engine oil and transmission oil should be changed at least every 5,000 miles. This allows the removal of dirt, sediment and carbon that the oil cleans off of engine and transmission parts.
- Shop rag or cloth
- Owner's manual
- New transmission oil
- Plastic or paper funnel
Locate your truck engine hood release underneath the driver's wheel chassis inside the truck. Pull it until you hear a mechanical pop and the hood moves slightly upward. Go to the front of the truck and put your hand underneath the truck hood center. Locate the release mechanism. Push it and raise the truck hood to full extension.
Locate the transmission oil dipstick inside the engine compartment. Check with your truck owner's manual depending on the model truck you have if the dipstick is not immediately apparent. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it with a shop rag or cloth, and put it back into its container. Pull it out again and check the oil level to confirm it needs more transmission oil and how much.
Locate the intake container for new transmission oil. Open up the cap. Place the funnel inside the container opening. Open a new pint of transmission oil and pour it into the funnel slowly, making sure not to spill the oil outside. Finish adding the oil and clean up the area with the shop cloth. Check the oil level again after adding using the dipstick method.
Put the dipstick back in its holder and make sure it is secure. Tighten the oil container cap on the transmission oil reservoir. Wipe up any spillage. Throw away the paper funnel or clean the plastic one and put it in storage, depending which type you have. Start the engine and take the truck for a test drive. Check the oil level again with the dipstick after driving for five minutes.