2007 Toyota Prius Oil change
If you are the owner of a 2007 Toyota Prius, then you will need to know how to change the oil in your car. This is a necessary task that should be performed every 5,000 miles or 8,000 kilometers. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of changing the oil in your Prius. We will also provide you with some tips on how to make the process easier and more efficient.
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2007 Toyota Prius Oil Type
Be sure to use a synthetic blend or full synthetic oil, as the car requires it for optimal performance. You can use any brand of this type of oil, but it is important that you use a high-quality oil to ensure the health and longevity of your vehicle. You should also change the filter and the drain plug gasket every time you do an oil change.
Toyota recommends using engine oil “Toyota Genuine Motor Oil” of viscosity SAE 5W-30 or SAE 10W-30. However, SAE 5W-30 is the best choice for good fuel economy and good starting in cold weather.
The oil capacity with filter is 3.7 quarts (3.9 liters) whereas, without filter, the capacity is 3.4 quarts (3.6 liters).
SPECIFICATION OF OIL
The oil you use must meet the specification of “API Service Symbol SM” and “Energy Conserving”. The oil that meets this spec is available at any Toyota dealership or online, as well as many local auto parts stores.
The 2007 Prius requires a synthetic blend or full synthetic oil, so be sure to use one of these types of oil. Synthetic blends are a mixture of conventional oil and synthetic oil, whereas full synthetics are made entirely from chemicals.
You can use oil from this list of brands to change your engine oil in 2007 Toyota Prius:
– Mobil One
For example, Mobil One is a popular choice among Prius owners due to its high quality and reputation for being one of the best synthetic oils on the market. You can also get a Toyota Genuine Motor Oil kit from your local dealership or online that includes everything needed for an oil change: oil filter, drain plug gasket (recommended), crush washer (optional), and four quarts of motor oil.
You should also change the filter and the drain plug gasket every time you do an oil change. This information will be listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual and can easily be found with a quick Google search of “2007 Toyota Prius oil capacity” if you don’t have access to your manual at the moment.
2007 Toyota Prius Oil Change Intervals
The 2007 Toyota Prius is a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. The engine requires the same type of oil as a standard internal combustion vehicle, while the electric motor uses an electric current to generate power.
Oil Change Intervals for Electric Motor Power System: Refer to owner’s manual. Oil Change Intervals for Engine: Every 3000 miles or every six months.
The oil should be changed every 3000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. The process is the same as changing the oil in a standard internal combustion engine. Be sure to dispose of the old oil properly. For more information on how to change the oil in a 2007 Toyota Prius, consult your owner’s manual.
Best Oil for 2007 Toyota Prius
The best oil for a 2007 Toyota Prius is an oil that meets the requirements of your car’s owner’s manual. Many people choose to use synthetic oil in their cars, as it tends to provide better protection against wear and tear. However, you should always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to be sure that you are using the correct type of oil for your car.
Oil (By Manufacturer) – Toyota recommends using “Toyota Genuine Motor Oil” SAE 5W-30 or SAE 10W-30.
Oil (Our Choice) – Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic SAE 5W-30 Motor Oil. The miles you put on your hardworking engine come with wear that can eventually lead to engine failure without proper protection. That’s why you need Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic. Their scientists and engineers have perfected our motor oil formula to better protect against the four major causes of engine breakdown – wear, friction, heat, and deposits. That means optimized performance and maximum engine longevity. Aging oil in modern engines can break down and leave a critical gap in protection. But Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic includes anti-wear additives for 40% greater protection than industry standards. Plus, the formula contains antioxidants that are 10-times more effective at preventing oil breakdown. Powerful system detergents reduce deposits on engine surfaces. Cold motor oil is thicker and takes longer to get to vital engine parts. Hot motor oil is thinner and less protective.
Oil Filter (By Manufacturer) – Always use a genuine Toyota oil filter when changing the oil in your Prius. This particular filter is designed specifically for the 2007 model year and will help to ensure that your car’s engine runs smoothly. Using the wrong oil filter could cause damage to your vehicle.
However, if the manufacturer has not provided a specific oil filter, you should use an oil filter that meets SAE J806 and ISO 4548-12 standards. The best option for this vehicle would be an oil filter from FRAM.
FRAM Extra Guard Oil Filters feature proven protection for up to 5,000 miles and are engineered for use with conventional oil. With an ideal balance of dirt-trapping efficiency and dirt-holding capacity, FRAM Extra Guard oil filters use a special blend of fibers and resin to create a proprietary filter media that delivers excellent engine protection. Extra Guard is the perfect filter for everyday drivers who perform frequent maintenance on their vehicles.
How to Change Oil By Yourself – Step by Step
In this article, we are going to show you how to change the oil on your 2007 Toyota Prius by yourself. This is a very simple process and should only take about 30 minutes of your time.
The tools that you will need:
- a good quality jack stands or ramps,
- wrenches and sockets appropriate for removing lug nuts,
- drain pan to catch old oil as it drains out,
- filter wrench,
- an oil filter that matches what is specified in your owners manual (or equivalent aftermarket part),
- new washer/gasket for the drain bolt,
- new crush washer for the oil filler cap
- fresh engine oil.
STEP 1: PREP
Park your car on a level surface, set the parking brake, and open the hood.
Place jack stands or ramps under the frame rails near the front and rear of the car to support it safely in the air. Never work under a car that is only supported by a jack!
STEP 2: REMOVE THE COVER
Remove lug nuts from all four wheels using a socket wrench. If you have wheel locks installed, you will need to use an appropriate tool to remove them as well.
Place drain pan directly underneath where the oil plug is located (typically found at the very bottom of the engine)
Remove the oil drain plug and allow the oil to drain completely into the pan. Replace it with a new crush washer or gasket, if applicable. If you’re having trouble removing this bolt, use an adjustable wrench (also called crescent wrenches) to loosen it first. The bottom of your engine is likely still covered in some hot oil when replacing this part so be very careful not to get burned!
STEP 3: DRAINING THE OIL
While waiting for all of that old dirty black stuff removed from the above steps before continuing on below… This process can take anywhere between 15-20 minutes depending on how much fluid needs to be drained out during step five above (or even longer if you have more than one quart).
STEP 4: PUT BACK THE DRAIN PLUG
Once the oil has drained completely, reinstall the drain plug and tighten it using your ratchet set or socket wrench. Make sure that it is tight so that no leaks occur when you start driving again.
STEP 5: REPLACE THE OIL FILTER
Now that the old oil has finished draining out, it’s time to remove the oil filter. If your car requires a special tool like, use the filter wrench to loosen it and then pull it straight off. Be careful not to drop it or you will have a mess on your hands! If there is any old gasket material stuck to the filter housing or engine block, carefully scrape it away using a screwdriver or other sharp object before installing the new filter.
Apply a thin layer of clean motor oil around the rubber seal on the new oil filter, then twist it onto the threaded adapter until fully tightened (usually between 12-18 ft/lbs of torque). Do not overtighten!
STEP 6: ADD THE NEW OIL
Remove the oil filler cap on top of your engine and pour in fresh motor oil. The amount required will be listed in your owner’s manual, but it is typically between four to five quarts depending upon make/model year. If there are any leaks from previous steps, now would be a good time to clean them up before adding new fluid into the system (as an example).
Startup the car and check for any leaks around the filter or plug. It may take a few minutes before these show themselves if they are present at all, so be patient while waiting until you see something dripping down below that area where they were initially installed.
Once everything looks good (no leaks), let it idle again without revving until normal operating temperature has been reached (around 170 degrees Fahrenheit). After this point, shut off your vehicle immediately to avoid overheating caused by excessive running time after adding fresh oil into motor housing! This entire procedure should last no more than half an hour depending.
Now that your car is all taken care of, it’s time to clean up! Collect any old oil and filters from the work area and dispose of them properly at an auto parts store or recycling center. Wipe down any dirty surfaces using a rag dipped in some hot soapy water before putting everything back where it belongs. Give yourself a pat on the back – you did it!