Toyota Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

What are the suggested Toyota synthetic oil change intervals?

One of the most common services we perform in our service department is an oil change. We perform oil changes on Toyota vehicles as well as many other makes and models. Since vehicle technology has progressed so far, many folks have asked — what are the suggested Toyota oil change intervals?

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Synthetic oil change intervals

Vehicle technology has changed dramatically in the last two decades. When you pop the hood of new car, you might be shocked at what you see! Typically, one of the few parts of your engine that still remains accessible and not protected by plastic is the oil cap. What you’ve heard for years about sticking to a 3,000 mile oil change interval just isn’t true anymore. Today, general rule-of-thumb is to stick to an interval around 5,000 miles or 6 months in between oil changes. If your vehicle runs on extended mile synthetic oil, your interval might be even be longer.

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The 3,000-mile interval is still trotted out there by quick lube oil joints in order to get customers through the door. With modern engine technology, our service technicians and experts would agree that the days of the 3,000-mile oil change interval is gone! If you’re still unsure, we would highly encourage to talk with one of our service technicians or do more research for yourself!

While we think it’s great if you still enjoy changing your own oil, many folks just don’t have the time. We’d encourage you to schedule an appointment with our service department for all of your oil-related needs!

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Toyota customer help on synthetic oil changes

There’s an entire FAQ page on Toyota’s website designed to answer more questions customers have about synthetic oil. This bit of information might be the most helpful:

Only Toyota vehicles in which 0w-20 synthetic oil is required (except for the 2TR-FE and 3UR-FBE Engines*) have been approved for extended oil change intervals of 10,000-miles/12-months. (However, you should continue to check the oil level regularly and top off if needed. That will help your engine get the full benefit of synthetic oil.)