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Too much oil
OK. I have a 2014 Tacoma V6 with 4wd. I am NOT a mechanical idiot. I have torn engines down and rebuilt them in high school, and several motorcycles (harley/kawasaki) without too much issue.
At 30000 on the Tacoma I decided to change the oil myself for the first time, the other oil changes were at the dealership and was part of the free maintenance when I bought the truck, all at the proper mileage intervals.
I used to change my own oil on all my vehicles, up until our "Honda phase"...
Now I can actually FIND the oil filter on the Tacoma. I had read on the Internet this morning somewhere that the Tacoma V6 used 6.2 quarts of oil. so I bought six quarts of oil and a filter.
I drained the oil, very warm engine after driving home from work, replaced the filter added five full quarts of oil. started it up for a few minutes and then...
I checked the dipstick and it looks to be reading a VERY HIGH oil level about FIVE INCHES above the high mark. !!!!!!! I realize checking NEW engine oil is tricky. I checked it about six/seven times, all way to high.
So I decided to NOW check my owners manual (yeah I know I should have checked that first) it says 5.2 quarts. So I figure I too much oil.
I put the oil catcher back under the drain pan and took out the oil drain plug and let it drain some oil out, counted about 10 seconds, one one thousand, two one thousand... put the oil plug back in. wiped all of the oil off my hand and arm got up and checked the oil. STILL WAY HIGH, doesn't even look like I drained anything out.
I emptied my oil catcher pan back into my empty gallon oil jug just to see how much oil was in there. I expected it to fill the gallon jug and then fill the extra quart bottle. It barely filled the three and a half quarts of the gallon jug.
My crack math skills tells me some thing is not adding up. The truck should have drained nearly five quarts out when I first pulled the drain plug, unless it was critically low. I then drained about ten seconds (as described above) worth out to try and correct the too much oil condition on the dipstick.
The damn dipstick is still showing way too much oil. So I crack open the oil pan again and less than a pint of oil comes out. I start the beast up for a little while (10 seconds) no more oil is returning to the pan. The dip stick still says way above full.
Total oil removed from the truck is just under four quarts. The oil pan is dry, no more is coming out.
I am concerned.
Where is the oil?
I pull off the new oil filter just in case I got the wrong type of filter from the auto parts store. Destroyed the STP oil filter taking it out so I cleaned up the old Toyota oil filter and screwed it back on. Thinking maybe the engine oil was not returning to the pan from an incorrect filter. I started the truck and let it run 30 seconds. No weird noises, no oil light, sounds OK. Stop the truck and again remove the oil drain plug. No oil in the drain pan.
Where is the oil?
The dipstick still reads high, not quite as high as it was previously, but still way high.
What the heck is going on?
Changing oil is not rocket science.
My driveway is very level.
By my math, the truck should have about five quarts in it when I drained it.
I put five quarts back in, and have since drained it until no more oil is coming out of the drain pan.
TOTAL oil drained from the truck barely fills a gallon oil jug. By my math I should have had nearly two and a half gallons of oil come out of the truck. The five original quarts, and the five I replaced it with.
I am puzzled?
Chuck in Virginia