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Here's a quick guide to changing your oil on the 2nd gen IS. I'm not sure if there are any differences for the AWD model. These notes and pics are taken from my IS 350. Also note that I've never changed a drop of oil in my life. I was a bit intimidated getting underway but I've done some research on the boards and I had all the tools lined up. I knew what to expect also. It took me a bit longer that it would have if I had done this a few times before but I'll probably be able to whittle that time down by half next time around. Consider this a "dummies guide to changing oil on the IS 250/350".

Oil (6.7 quarts 5W20) (EDIT: TSB indicated to use 5W20 versus 5W30... http://www.alldata.com/tsb/Lexus/1143619200000_1144652400000_EG006-06/6.html - this is the case for the 350, but not sure about 250. Maybe someone can verify whether this TSB applies to the 250), Oil Filter Kit (TOYOTA PART #04152-31080 (for IS 350) ), 3/8" ratchet, 10mm socket, 14mm socket, oil filter wrench (TOYOTA PART #09228-06501), ramps or jack/jack stands, oil disposal reservoir, paper towels, latex gloves, funnel

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30 minutes (if you've done it before) or 45-60 minutes(if you haven't)
  1. Get your car up, whether it's on ramps (pictured below) or using a jack and jack stands. Make sure you're on a level surface withe parking brake engaged. I went so far as to put wheel chocks underneath the back tires. If you user a jack, MAKE SURE YOU USE JACK STANDS. My suggestion is to go down to WalMart and buy these Rhino ramps (~$20)


  2. Open the hood and loosen the oil cap.


  3. Crawl underneath and using your 3/8" ratchet and 10mm socket remove the three bolts that fasten the access panel.


  4. Next, locate the drain plug. It's a about a foot further toward the rear of the car. Position your oil reservoir below the drain plug. Using your 3/8" ratchet and 14mm socket loosen and remove the drain plug letting the oil drain into the oil reservoir. (This is where the latex gloves come in handy ;-)


  5. Once the oil has completely drained, replace the drain plug and torque 30 lb/ft
  6. Position the oil reservoir under the filter housing. Using your 3/8" ratchet and a 70mm filter wrench (Toyota part #09228-06501) loosen the filter housing cap.


  7. Loosen about 3 or 4 turns w/ the final turn having the ribs/flanges aligned vertically. Lift the cap up slightly so that the oil can drain into the oil reservoir.


  8. Remove the oil filter housing and place in a plastic grocery bag. Pull the filter out of the housing and discard. Carefully remove the o-ring from the housing and discard.


  9. Replace the filter in the housing. With your finger, run some oil around the new o-ring and carefully install into the groove.


  10. Replace the filter housing and tighten to 18 ft/lbs of torque.
  11. Remove the oil cap and using your funnel, empty 6.7 quarts of oil into the engine. Replace the oil cap.


  12. Lastly, start the engine. Let it run for 3 minutes or so while you check for leaks. Check the oil level to make sure you've added enough oil.
  13. Turn off the engine. Crawl back under the car and using your 3/8 ratchet and 10mm socket replace the access cover (3 bolts).
  14. Pull your car off the ramps, put everything away and you're ready to go...

I don't think I've missed anything but if you find something please let me know and I'll update the post. If you think a few more pictures might help I'll take more next time and update the post then. I hope this helps those of you that are completely oblivious to care care maintenance. I was. But, it felt great to do this for the first time.
 

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Thanks fellas... I have a couple questions that hopefully someone may be able to answer. First, in this picture, see the little area just below my thumb between the plastic ring and above the metal cylinder? I wasn't able to push the filter down far enough for the two to meet. Is this normal? Shouldn't they be flush with one another? Second, there is supposed to be a crush washer between the oil pan and drain plug that is to be replaced with each oil change. I was not able to sheer off the old crush washer to replace it. Is this going to be an issue? Will the old one be OK? I'm guessing if I had taken it to Jiffy Lube they wouldn't have replaced it either, so....

Maybe someone can shed some light...
 

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This post has the part number and a small picture of the tool. You can find them at your local auto parts store for about 5 bucks. If you order them from Toyota (like I did :pissed: ) you'll pay 30+ bucks... for the same part.

http://my.is/forums/showthread.php?p=3985666#post3985666

Found this while googling the part # ...

http://toyota.spx.com/ - To Order Special Service Tools Call 1-800-933-8335 Business Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
 

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Great write up since I was looking at buying a IS350 today.
I need to find the TSB on the oil, I find it hard that the hotter areas would be required to use the thinner oil.

OT, here I thought this was going to one of those instructions that has you drinking a beer between steps.:bigSmile:
Ha! I should edit and add that!
 
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