How to Complete a Toyota Corolla Oil Change

October 1st, 2018 by

Unrecognizable mechanic changing oil in a car

The Toyota Corolla remains a competition-busting and best-selling car around Carlsbad, known everywhere for its reliability and efficiency. But even the most reliable cars require standard maintenance, including regular Toyota Corolla oil changes. While the Toyota Corolla oil change cost is affordable at Mossy Toyota, you can do it for even less near La Jolla by following these DIY oil change steps.

1. Get Your Tools & Materials Together

Make sure you get the proper Toyota Corolla oil type, based on the mileage and year of your specific Corolla model. You’ll also need the following:

  • Oil filter cap
  • Oil filter
  • Socket wrench
  • Oil drainage pan
  • Funnel
  • Clean rags
  • Gloves

2. Drain the Oil

First, put your gloves on. Then, get under your Corolla with the socket wrench and oil pan and remove the drain plug from the oil tank. Allow the old oil to pool into the oil pan.

3. Switch Out the Oil Filter

Use the oil filter socket wrench to take out the old oil filter, allowing any oil to drain from the filter into the pan. Wipe around the oil filter fitting, apply some new oil, and then install the new oil filter.

4. Put the Drain Plug Back on

Use the socket wrench to put the drain plug back on. Make sure it’s tight, but not tight enough to crack or cause damage.

5. Put the New Oil in

Pop the hood, remove the oil cap, and pour in 3.5 – 4 quarts of the correct Toyota Corolla oil type. Let it sit for a minute and then use the dipstick to make sure you’ve filled it to the right level.

6. Reset the Maintenance Light

Use this guide to reset the maintenance light on your Corolla.

Get an Oil Change Near Chula Vista at Mossy Toyota!

If you’d rather leave your new Toyota Corolla oil change to us, then make sure to check out our current lineup of Toyota service specials for some great deals at our Toyota service center near Carlsbad. And if you have any questions for our staff, feel free to contact us!


More from Mossy Toyota

  • 2021 Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

    The 2021 Toyota RAV4 can tow as much as 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. That’s more than enough for most compact and popup RV trailers, or sports equipment like jet skis. Join the Mossy Toyota team for a detailed look at Toyota RAV4 towing capacity, towing performance features, and more as you decide on your next…

  • 2021 Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity

    When properly equipped, the Toyota 4Runner towing capacity reaches 5,000 pounds. That’s plenty of power to handle anything from ATVs to RVs, and a long list of standard performance features ensure that you stay safe while hauling heavy loads. If you’re still deciding on the right SUV for your La Jolla camping trips and cross-country adventures,…

  • 2021 Tundra TRD Pro

    The 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro was designed by the Toyota Racing Development team to give San Diego drivers the off-road capability, performance, and unmatched power they’re looking for in a pickup. With a starting MSRP of $48,775*, this Toyota Tundra offers class-exclusive Tundra TRD wheels, interior features, and exterior styling. Learn more about the Toyota…

Posted in Service, Tips