The How-To Guide of Toyota Camry 2001 – 2006 Oil Changing

The following is a step by step guide for the oil changing process in your 4 cylinder Toyota Camry (for models between 2001 and 2006).

Things You’ll Need

  • Around 4.7 Liters of 5W-30 oil
  • An oil filter wrench
  • Oil filter (grade: 90915-YZZF1)
  • A drain Pan
  • 3 inch extension bar (3/8 square drive)
  • A 14 mm socket
  • Ratchet
  • Funnel

Step 1: Drain the Engine Oil first!

  • First off, remove the oil fill cap located on top of the engine.
  • Next, you’ll have to go beneath your vehicle to reach the drain plug and the oil filter.
  • Make sure you put the drain pan below the plug. You can now remove the drain plug using a ratchet. Let the oil drain out completely.
  • Remove the oil filter using the oil filter wrench and the 3 inch extension bar.
  • You can use a cloth to remove the filter and wipe the oil from the filter once it has completely drained out so that your hands won’t get all dirty. Simply rotate and pull down the filter to remove it.

Step 2: Install the new Oil filter and Drain Plug!

  • Take the new oil filter and simply install it by fixing it in its place by rotating it around.
  • Once the engine oil is completely drained out, insert a new nylon washer (drain plug). The nylon washers can only be used once. Make sure to tighten the washer with a ratchet.

Step 3: Fill up the Engine with Oil!

  • Put a funnel on top of the oil filling port.
  • Next, fill the engine with at least 3 quarts of oil first, that’s almost 2.8 liters.
  • You can actually check the oil’s level in your vehicle’s engine by checking from the dipstick.
  • Add more oil accordingly, if the oil level is less on the dipstick.

Step 4: Reset the Maintenance Required Light!

  • Make sure your vehicle is on Odometer and not on ‘Trip A’ or ‘Trip B’.
  • Switch the vehicle off.
  • Next, press and hold the odometer button and switch the vehicle’s key to accessory “ACC”.
  • Hold the button until the odometer blinks and you’ll see the Maintenance required light is off.