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Old 02-26-2009, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Engine Oil brand for 2005 scion TC

Hi~
My 2005 Scion TC is going to do 60000 miles maintenance.
I need to drive around 400-450 miles per week. it kind of a lots~~
So, I have some questions.

1.

Does any one can recommend good engine oil brand for 2005 scion tc?
Do I need to buy specific oil filter also?

2.

I would like to have m maintenance in a local store, not dealer.
I just need to follow the maintenance schedule list?


Replace engine oil and oil filter
Rotate Tires
Replace Engine Air Filter
Tighten drive shaft bolt
Inspect the following

Brake linings/ drums and brake pads/discs
Ball joints and dust covers
Brake lines and hoses
Drive belts
Drive shaft boots
Engine coolant
Engine valve clearance
Exhaust pipes and mountings
Front differential fluid
Fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent hoses
Fuel take cap gasket
Radiator core and condenser
Steering gear box
Steering linkage and boots
Transmission fluid or oil
Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis

3.

Do I need to do
replace front differential oil
replace transmission fluid or oil

4.

Do I miss something?

Thanks for your help~~


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hi,
I did my service, the guy told me that I need to do P/S steering fluid exchange, brake fluid, and brake pads
does anyone have some ideas about how to do these service by myself?
and use what kind of brand fluid for these service,
thanks so much~

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Everyone has their favorite brand of oil. Toyota's oil is manufactured by Mobil. I use it and it's a great product. There is a specific filter made for your engine. For your engines saftey, i would recommend using only a Toyota filter. Fram filters are junk.

2. Is there a specific reason you don't want a dealer to do your work? Dealers are more likey to help you in the future if you are loyal to them. If you have something break outside of your warranty, they might be willing to bend the rules a little to help if you've been a good customer. If you just show up for warranty stuff, they wont be as considerate in that situation.

3.Do you have an automatic or manual transmission. I'd change out manual gear oil every 30,000 miles. Automatic uses Toyota type T-IV(T4). 60 thousand is Toyota's interval. I'd still go every 30,000.

4. Just Follow your recommended service intervals in your maintainance guide and you'll be fine.
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What type of oil was the dealer using mineral or synthetic. (assume they were doing past work).

Wix, Napa Gold (made by Wix), Toyota brand filters, there are others. Would avoid Fram.

A TN search will turn up posts covering the question filter and oil brands.

When was the trans fluid last changed?

Stick shift or manual trans. If auto what type of fluid is in the trans. Should be in owners manual or or stamped on the trans dipstick. If an auto and NOT using Toyota Type WS trans fluid suggest you change it every 30K miles for max trans life. While changing this also do the diff, assuming the it has a separate fluid camber.

Many of these listed items are quick visual inspections that you could do yourself if you had a Haynes or Chilton manual.

When was the last time the coolant was changed?

Think about changing the power steering flud at around 90K. This is never found on the list but it does wear out and pick up debris. Changing the fluid will prolong PS pump and seal life.

Many owners use a suction or pump device to get the fluid out of the PS reservoir and refill with new. Do this 3-4 times with over say a week of driving and the fluid will be clean again. You can do this yourself.

If keeping the car for a long time check the brake fluid from time to time for color, if turning dark have it changed again around 90K miles.

As the car racks up miles parts will wear out and for some there is nothing you can do to prevent it.

You can keep the fluids fresh which will greatly prolong the life of major components such as engine, trans, brake and PS system.
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The Toyota dealerships my family has gone to since the mid 80's have always used Castrol. My 85 Camry made it 331xxx miles on Castrol GTX. Changed it every 3k mi and it never burned more than a half Qt between changes in its later years.

I use GTX in my tC and change it every 3k mi even tho its rated to and still looks new and clean at 5k.
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If you're driving a lot of miles, then you would be better off with a full synthetic oil.

Like BLUEMEANIE mentioned, I've had good results with Castrol oil as well.

I used to use Castrol GTX in my Corolla before switching over to German Castrol Syntec 0W30.
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^ Syntec is good stuff if you go the synthetic route.
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castrol gtx user here too. as for filter i use Purolator.

id have your spark plugs checked, throttle body and fuel injectors cleaned. wheel alignment. and o yea....seafoam treatment
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Seafoam on a car this new? I thought it was for older higher mileage cars?
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