Left front tire looks low.Good Morning all. I won't go crazy with introductions but will state that my oil changes across the board have always been with Castrol Edge (formerly Syntec when I began using it). Currently in the garage is a 2012 VW GLI 2.0T running the 5W-40 Castrol Edge High Mileage (146k) and previously our 2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7L on Castrol Edge High Mileage 5W-30 (205k). We sold the Jeep and brought in our brand new 2021 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD with the 3.5L V6. So far I love everything about this car and it feels like a spaceship compared to the Jeep.
I am about to do the first oil change and was going to stick with Castrol Edge and use the EP gold bottles instead. I'm pretty religious about 5k oil changes and it seems to call for 5W-30 but am happy to hear about alternative oil brands and weights as well as filters. I was planning on grabbing the Toyota OEM filter. I should add we keep our cars (as evidence in the first paragraph) so this will be around for awhile.
Thanks and look forward to the replies!
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Question to the original poster.
Are you not taking advantage of your free Toyotacare maintanance?!
you get 2 free oil changes and 2 or 3 free tire rotations!
You get a tire rotation every 5k and an oil change every 10k up to 2 years of purchase and 25k miles
As far as the oil choice and timing chain wear I just found this info.10k is too long for a toyota. i tried stretching oil changes to 10k with mobil 1 and the oilwas EXTREMLY dirty and the filter was roached! now do 5k and oil looks much better and filter is so clean looks like you could use it again. the key to long timming chain life is usually shorter oci . always use the toyota filter. they dont cost any more than one from auto parts store.
I know it's more than a year down the road. I also can't NOT not hear it, "cheap insurance" drivel. All car makers would love us to believe severe service. Almost every car in America is severe service yet I don't see blown engines laying by the wayside, at least not where you or I have driven. Nonsense.The BITOG obligatory response to short OCI of “what a waste” is narrated by the voice of Mr. Krabs from Sponge Bob in my head…
“What-ah waste… Argh argh argha rghargh!”
I can’t NOT hear it.
Yeah Mobil 1 0w40 works fine in all GRsAs is always the case it’s recommending a grade and does not preclude the use of others. Cold starting is related to the winter rating.
And is also always the case the recommendation is based on fuel economy which is tied to their CAFE award letter requirements. Never on a technical basis other than if one uses an oil that’s too thin.
A 30- or a 40-grade oil isn’t going to harm that engine in any way. Film thickness protects, not harms.