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How To Know The Right Engine Oil For Your Toyota Car

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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The right grade of engine oil is vital to keep the engine of your Toyota car working optimally. The user manual of your vehicle will confirm the right engine oil grade for your car and your region.

The engine oil you use for your car isn’t something you want to compromise on. Using the right lubricant keeps your engine running smoothly and preserves the life of its components. In fact, using the wrong grade of oil could be a costly mistake.

Cars powered by diesel engines are very sensitive to the wrong engine oil grades, and as such, one needs to be extremely careful. Using the wrong engine oil can cause the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to fail.

In most Toyota vehicles, the oil spec appears in large lettering on the engine oil channel’s cap; usually starting with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), which is then followed by either a numeral ‘0’ or ‘5’ or ‘20’. Any of these three first stated numerical figures is automatically followed by a ‘W’.  Any weather condition with temperature below that number specified before the ‘W’, the oil’s chemical composition will likely congeal and make it, while parked for some time, lose its liquid or fluid status.

However, the number after the ‘W’, usually either a ‘20’ or ‘30’ or ‘40’ or ‘50’, is the most important in Nigeria: it’s the number that defines the viscosity or thickness of the oil. This implies that ‘50’ is thicker than ‘20’.

Toyota Centers are not the only place where you can buy Toyota Genuine Motor Oil. Head over to online stores and you can order oil to be delivered to your location.

Wherever you buy your Toyota Genuine Motor Oil from, using the right grade is vital to preserve the performance, economy and reliability of your car. If in doubt and don’t know how to go about choosing the right engine oil, seek help from professionals around you.

Regular replacement of the oil is important. Even long-life oils gradually become less effective over time, as the repeated cycles of heating and cooling the oil steadily degrade its properties.

Which engine oil do you use for your Toyota Car? Let’s us hear from you using the comment section. Tell us the Toyota car you use and the engine oil you use.





Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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  1. OWOYELE YUSUF

    August 3, 2019 at 08:22

    Initially I made a mistake of using Total 20W50 once for my 2008 Lexus RX 350 I discovered white smoke at the cold start of the car.Later I change to Castrol Magnetic 5W30. The engine still smoke at initial start once in while but I’m still monitoring it .

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