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2015 Oil Change

Going to attempt to do a oil change at home for the first time on my 2015 Rav4. Any tips I need to know. Also conventional or synthetic? Thanks for any input.
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As for oil, the owner's manual specs out 0W-20, which I believe is only available as a synthetic.

I recommend you invest $25 and purchase the correct oil filter wrench to prevent damaging the plastic oil filter housing (I purchased the Motivx product). Others have replaced their plastic housing with an aluminum one for about the same price. Plenty of info on these two options within the forum. Either way, mind the tightening torques!

Oh, and the owner's manual specs out the oil capacity (with filter) as 4.6 quarts. Mine takes exactly 5 quarts to fill it up. Silly Toyota.
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I bought the Motivx and wrench and it works great. I don't have to worry about the plastic housing.

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Going to attempt to do a oil change at home for the first time on my 2015 Rav4. Any tips I need to know. Also conventional or synthetic? Thanks for any input.
I use
Mobil 1 0W-20 Advanced Fuel Economy Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 qt. and I get it at Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mobil-1-0...5-qt./17034374




Mobil 1 has a rebate of $12 per 5 quart jug (limit 2) until MAY31,2017.


https://mobiloil.com/en/promotion/mo...nd-mobil-super


I like to get separate receipts for each jug and make 2 submissions. I just got my rebates back in about 8 weeks.
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thanks for the response everyone. I did the oil change myself and it was quite easy. I didn't even have to jack the Rav4 up. How many miles with synthetic oil can I go before I have to change it again? I'm guessing it would be the 5000 mile mark?
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10,000 miles is Toyota's schedule.
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I change my own oil with Mobil 1 OW-20 which I buy from Walmart. I change it every 7,000 miles along with the filter. My feeling is 10,000 is too long even though Toyota says it's fine.

Bought my RAV4 LE in August 2015. It's running well.
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...........How many miles with synthetic oil can I go before I have to change it again? I'm guessing it would be the 5000 mile mark?
I change mine out at 5k. If you at least go by the manual you are covered.

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I change my own oil with Mobil 1 OW-20 which I buy from Walmart. I change it every 7,000 miles along with the filter. My feeling is 10,000 is too long even though Toyota says it's fine.
A multitude of used oil analyses--hard science--also say a 10,000 mile oil change interval is just fine.
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1) Get the proper oil filter tool
2) Remove the clip
3) Replace the fiber washer
4) Use Toyota Original filters (seriously don't try save money on filters and a lot of after market filters are crap)
5) Use a torque wrench to torque the filter to 18 ft/lbs.
6) Replace the clip
7) Use synthetic oil

***** Do not over tighten or you will have a hell of a time taking it off next time.
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