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I was bored and figured I would post a DIY for changing your Echo’s oil.

*Before starting please make sure you have the following tools:
--- a 14 mm socket wrench
--- an oil filter wrench (65/67mm – 14 Flutes)
--- ramps
--- wheel chocks
--- pan to catch waste oil
--- container to place used motor oil in
--- a new oil filter
--- new oil
--- some rags and news papers.
--- a measuring cup

100_4249 by boxonwheels, on Flickr

1. Drive up on ramps – this allows easy access to oil drain plug. Carefully drive up the ramps. After driving up ramps set e brake and rear wheel chocks to keep vehicle from rolling backwards..

100_4250 by boxonwheels, on Flickr--- Pic of front of car while up on ramps

100_4254 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pic of rear of car showing rear wheel chock while up on ramps.

100_4256 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Underside of car. Note where the oil plug is, facing the front passenger side wheel.

2. Place newspapers/cardboard and drain pan under car. – This helps to prevent any spills on concrete.

100_4260 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Underside of car with newspaper and oil drain pan.

3. Use 14mm wrench or socket wrench to remove drain plug and drain oil. – Be careful not to let drain plug fall into whatever container it is you are using to catch the oil. It will be messy to fish it out. Place plug where it can’t be lost.

100_4262 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Oil draining into drain pan.

4. Remove oil filter. – While oil is draining remove the old oil filter. Use oil filter wrench (65/67mm – 14 Flutes). As you unscrew the oil filter oil will start to leak out. Maneuver you oil drain pan so that it catches the leaking oil.

100_4268a by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pic of Oil Filter

100_4278 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pic of Oil Filter and Oil Filter Wrench

100_4285 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pic of oil filter wrench on oil filter. This oil filter accepts a 3/8” socket wrench.

100_4287 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pic of oil filter removed from engine and draining in drain pan.

100_4288 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Oil filter mount point.

5. Install new oil filter. – Fill oil filter with clean oil. Put clean oil on oil filters rubber seal. Screw oil filter onto mount point.

100_4278 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pic of new oil filter.

100_4290 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Oil filter pre filled with oil before being installed.

Screw oil filter on by hand. Do not over tighten or the gasket may fail. Additionally it will be hard to remove the
filter at your next oil change.

6. Install oil drain plug with new crush washer and fill engine with new oil.

100_4274 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Drain plug with new crush washer. Crush washer was purchased from Toyota Parts Dept. It was relatively
inexpensive. Install onto oil pan by tightening with 14mm wrench or socket wrench. If you have a torque wrench
the drain plug should be tightened to 28 ft lbf.

100_4258 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Drain plug installed

100_4297a by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Pour new oil into fill hole. The shop manual states that the oil capacity with a filter change is 3.7 liters or
3.9 US qts. The capacity for a dry fill is 4.1 liters or 4.3 US qts. I usually fill it with 3.9 quarts then run the engine a
little and add oil as necessary after checking the dip stick.

This concludes my DIY for an Echo Oil Change! Hope it was informative. Note that the Oil Grade recommended in the shop manual is SH or SJ 5W-30 for temperature highs below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10W-30 for temperature highs higher than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Interestingly the user manual that came with the car specifies 5W-30 for 29 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I have always used 5W-30 conventional oil and have never had a problem (so far I have 226,000 miles on my 2002 Echo). I live in NJ USA where temperatures will get well into the 90s during the summer and into the 20s during the winter. I have always used Walmart brand oil and filters with no ill effects as of yet. Just recently (around 125,000 miles) I started using Walmart brand synthetic oil due to the cars high mileage. The used oil I discard at the local recycling center. You can also bring used oil to Advanced Auto Parts and most other Auto Parts stores.

Below are the pages of the shop manual pertaining to an oil change. If you have any questions or comments let me know. If you want to see any of the pics utilized in this DIY in greater detail click on the following link:[email protected]/sets/72157632896481045/

LU-1 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Shop Manual Page --- You DO NOT have to worry about checking the oil pressure. Skip this step.

LU-2 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Shop Manual Page ---

User Manual 1 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Summary layout of the engine compartment for reference.

User Manual 2 by boxonwheels, on Flickr
--- Note how the recommended viscosity differs from the user manual to the shop manual.

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Thanks for this.... While most of us know how to change oil... I do it with out jack stands. I feel the oil drains better.. but I suppose you could drive up the ramps, drain the oil and spin off the filter and spin on a new filter...

Than, put the car in "N" and carefully back down the ramps and than let the remaining oil (that might be trapped from the car being at an angle) drain out.

I would be interested to know if you get all the oil out when on the ramps...

Also, did you screw together the 2x6's? Just wondering how you made the ramps.

Ahhhh! Another very good detailed post that should be stickied! :D :p :)

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Discussion Starter #4
I have never measured the oil i removed from the car to see if all of the old stuff is out. I have thought about moving the passenger ramp forward so that side of the car is lower.

To make the ramps I nailed 2x6's together. I used a chop saw to make the lip of each board.
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