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Old 05-12-2020, 09:50 AM #16
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Great post with all info needed about servicing the vehicle!
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Oil Level Problem

Hi, I have a 2020 4Runner SR5 4WD. I did my oil change at 5500 a few days ago and I'm having issues with reading the oil level. The level keeps showing that it is overfilled (about 2-3 cm above the second dot). I've read online about how others are having issues as well. I used mobil 1 so it is very clear which doesn't help obviously. I put in the full 6.6 Qt after draining everything. Do you have any advice on what I should do to get an accurate reading? Should I drain some of it out? Thank you!
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Hi, I have a 2020 4Runner SR5 4WD. I did my oil change at 5500 a few days ago and I'm having issues with reading the oil level. The level keeps showing that it is overfilled (about 2-3 cm above the second dot). I've read online about how others are having issues as well. I used mobil 1 so it is very clear which doesn't help obviously. I put in the full 6.6 Qt after draining everything. Do you have any advice on what I should do to get an accurate reading? Should I drain some of it out? Thank you!
I think you're OK. I have the same problem. See this video ... Easy! - How to read your dipstick when it's hard to see!. #13 - YouTube When I use this method, dipstick oil level is 1+ cm high on one side and about 6+ cm high on the other side even when I wipe the stick and remeasure as many as 6 times. See this thread Oil Level Reading . Read Lester Lugnut's post near end of thread. He bought a new Toyota dipstick which is a superseded part number. The new stick measures 1/2 inch shorter than the old stick and oil level has been right on full ever since changing to the new stick.

If your oil level is actually 2-3 cm high, nothing will happen as stated in other threads on this subject. When I do an oil change, I measure, count and set aside 6.6 quarts of oil to be put in to avoid any and all doubt as to how much oil went in. You could also measure how much comes out. I doubt very much if 1-2 quarts can remain pooled in the engine.

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👍 great info
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Edit: oops, I didn’t read DougR’s post closely at first. Looks like we’re saying the same thing. Might spring for a new dipstick for $12.50.

For most I think, it’s not that you can’t see the oil, it’s that it creeps up the stick. Usually one side more than the other. I always wait until the oil has been sitting overnight before I try to read it even though it goes against official procedure. Even then it’s usually only readable on one side.
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Drive shaft fluid every 6 months??
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It's difficult to get a consistent oil level reading because the dipstick guide tube enters engine block at the back near the firewall. A section of the tube is very close to horizontal. If I rotate the dipstick 90 degrees, it cannot be inserted past the first bend in the guide. I kept probing and rotating the dipstick until I reached a point where it would barely get past the guide bends. Upon removing the stick, one edge had a long trail of oil, however the opposite edge was clean. Wiping the stick on a paper towel as shown in the above YouTube video confirmed oil level is right at full with a -50140 dipstick part number. Two more measurements made without probing and rotating showed oil level almost 1 cm high. Vehicle was cold and had not been driven for 2 days, which is very rare.

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Drive shaft fluid every 6 months??
I have never actually used a grease gun before. So, I'll start there. I looked through so many forums about how often I should grease the drive shaft, and I kept seeing either every oil change or every other oil change. I also kept seeing that if the 4Runner is used around mud, dirt and water off-roading that it's a good thing to just grease it again because grease is more susceptible to the elements than oil is in the sealed system.

If you have a differing opinion and at least some reference for me to read backing up your claim, I would be more than happy to look at it and possibly make corrections. I'm constantly updating this when I find out more or better information. I have one more thing to update that I know about which is the socket size needed to re-torque the 19 transmission valve body
assembly bolts, for example.
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