Change The Oil on a 2012-2017 Toyota Avalon

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Learn how to change the oil on your 4th generation (2012+) Toyota Avalon with a 3.5L 2GR-FE V6 engine. We've got a step by step how to with all the parts and tools you'll need. Fortunately, the Avalon is extra easy to change oil on, there are no trim panels to remove or get in the way, you'll just need the right tools to get the oil filter cap off.

For the Toyota Avalon, the maintenance schedule calls for an oil change every 5,000 miles if you take short trips, tow, drive on dirty or dusty roads, or leave the car idling for long periods. Under ideal conditions, the recommend interval every 10,000 miles.

The Toyota 3.5L V6 2GR-FE is in a TON of cars. This guide will likely work for most of them.

Vehicles with this motor:

  • 2007–present Lexus ES 350 (GSV40, GSV50)
  • 2007–present Lexus RX 350 / Toyota Harrier (GGL10/15/16, GSU30/31/35/36)
  • 2009–present Lotus Evora
  • 2012-present Lotus Exige S
  • 2008–present Toyota Alphard/Vellfire (GGH20/25)
  • 2006–2012 Toyota Aurion (GSV40)
  • 2004-present Toyota Avalon (GSX30, GSX40)
  • 2007-2012 Toyota Blade (GRE156)
  • 2006-present Toyota Camry (GSV40, GSV50)
  • 2006–present Toyota Estima/Previa/Tarago (GSR50/55)
  • 2007–2016 Toyota Highlander/Kluger (GSU40/45/50/55)
  • 2007-2013 Toyota Mark X Zio (GGA10)
  • 2005–2012 Toyota RAV4/Vanguard (GSA33/38)
  • 2006–2016 Toyota Sienna (GSL20/23/25/30/33/35)
  • 2008–2016 Toyota Venza (GGV10/15)
  • Oil filter cap removal tool Toyota TOY-640
  • Ratchet Set with 14mm and 15/16" (or 24mm) sockets and a 3/8" drive extension
  • Oil Catch Pan
  • Oil fill funnel
  • Hydraulic Jack and Jack Stands OR Ramps
  • Optional 3/4" tubing for the oil filter drain pipe

Get Started by Lifting the Car


Lift the front of the vehicle using your ramps or jack and jack stands. Be careful and safe!

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Drain the Oil


Place your drain pan under the oil drain plug.


Remove the 14mm oil drain plug and drain all the oil.


Install the drain plug and crush washer. Torque to 9 ft-lbs. (12.5 Nm)


Remove the oil filter drain cap using a 3/8" socket wrench or extension without a socket.

Note that the drain cap is just the very end of the cap.

You may have to lock the larger filter cap in place so it doesn't loosen with the drain cap.


Insert the oil drain tube into the cap to drain the oil out of the filter housing.


Remove the drain tube and re-install the drain cap.


Remove the entire oil filter cap using the Toyota TOY-640 filter cap removal tool.

Place the removal tool on the filter cap and use your 24mm (or 15/16" for extra snugness) socket to remove it.


Remove the oil filter cartridge and replace it with the new one.


Remove and replace rubber O-Ring at the end of the oil filter housing. Your filter should have come with a new one.

Dip your finger in some fresh oil and lightly wet the new o-ring with it.


Screw the filter housing back on. Tighten to 18 ft-lb. (25 Nm)

Fill with New Oil


Using your funnel, refill the oil. It takes approximately 6.4 quarts. You'll have to hold the funnel because the space isn't deep enough to keep it upright.


Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.

Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end.

Finish Up


Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks.


Lower the car back to the ground.


Start up the engine and watch the oil pressure light to make sure it doesn't stay on.


Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.

Resetting the Oil Service Light

There is a special procedure needed to reset the oil service light. The dash will say something like "Maint Reqd".


Turn the engine switch off with the trip meter A shown.


Press and hold the trip meter reset knob (keep holding it).


With the reset knob held down, turn the engine switch to ignition ON mode.


Continue to hold the reset knob until the trip meter displays "000000"

##How to Get Rid of Your Old Oil?##

Your local auto parts store will take your old oil as long as you don't mix it with any other fluids.

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