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#797 of 965 Re: 2010 Avalon Timing Belt OR Timing Chain [ntassistant]
Dec 22, 2010 (5:51 pm)
Thank you for your reply and answering my question! As you're also an Avalon owner, how often do you change your car's engine oil? I have just over 10,000 miles on my car and I'm following Toyota's maintenance schedule of changing the oil every 5,000 miles. I get the car serviced at my local Toyota dealership and bring my own oil, synthetic Mobil 1 5W-30. Always used this oil in all of my cars (Toyotas, of course)! However, prior to owning my Avalon, I always changed the oil every 3,000 miles. This is the first Toyota I own with the maintenance required light that comes on every 4,500-5,000 miles to remind the owner that an oil change is needed. Ideally, I would like to change the oil every 3,000, but the manufacturer suggests every 5,000. Thank you again for your prompt reply and happy holidays!
#798 of 965 Re: 2010 Avalon Timing Belt OR Timing Chain [ntassistant]
Dec 22, 2010 (8:52 pm)
With the current oil and engine technology there is absolutely no reason to change your oil every 3K. The new 4.0L 6 cylinder on the Toyota FJC uses 0w20 synthetic and calls for a 10k oil change. I've seen oil analysis done at that mileage (we own one) with the oil spec'ing out quite robustly.I've seen rumors that Toyota was to go with the 0w20 on the 2011 Avy but it did not happen.
5K is more than fine for our Avys, expecially with the use of that 5w30 synthetic. I, too, use the M1 5w30 in our Avy and have seen tests done on it, too. The oil is actually still strong even at 5k. IMHO, don't waste your money on the 3K oil change when 5K is more than adequate and truly protects your engine beautifully.
#799 of 965 Re: 2010 Avalon Timing Belt OR Timing Chain [ntassistant]
Dec 23, 2010 (5:37 am)
On oil changes: Local Toyota dealer does all mine and says 5k is fine for the Avalon driven normally. You could probably go even longer, as these posts suggest, and do no real harm. Some newer makes, such as Nissan, can go 7.5k and the oil is fine when changed. Not like ages ago...2k max.... wow, did we ever do that?..... yep..
#800 of 965 Re: 2010 Avalon Timing Belt OR Timing Chain [ntassistant]
Dec 23, 2010 (7:15 am)
I change the oil/filter in my vehicle about every 4000 miles. We don't do a lot of miles so that works out to about every (3) months. I use 5W30 Quaker State, and I am a firm believer that frequent oil changes are the cheapest preventative maint. you can do for your vehicle.
Based on everything I have read about synthetics, you probably could go to 10000 miles, but my personal preference would probably be 8000 miles max. I have just never made the change from conventional oil.
As a side note, my father-in-law was a garage owner, and he started me on Quaker State in the first new vehicle I ever owned. I have never had a oil related engine problem in 50+ years.
#801 of 965 Re: purchased 2008 LTD TSS [tjc78]
Jan 04, 2011 (8:07 am)
TSS apparently stands for Toyota Sport Series but cannot find out a lot about it. Has ground effects, spoiler, 18" wheels and hi performance tires. It is a package Gulf States adds. Kinda overkill for a big sedan I know, but it looks good in black and was a really good deal.
#802 of 965 Re: 2010 Avalon Timing Belt OR Timing Chain [fin]
Jan 28, 2011 (6:51 pm)
Bought my Avalon Touring 2008 in early december of 2010.
Certified and with full maintanance book. Done by Toyota service stations.
The sticker in my window when I bought the car read " that current milage plus 5000" for the next oil change.
Reading through the service book this car seems to be a problem free maintanance car. Majority is on the oil and air filter changes, plus the sparks when that occur... : )
Figured out the flickering of head lights and panel lights.
There's a resistor sensor behind the dash where you can illuminate the dash light, this resistor is also linked to the head lights.
When the resistor gets to warm it will start flicker as it tries to get colder.
This is something I will take up with technicians next week. Because they don't know why lights are "flickering" ..... at least they have something to start working with.
Maybe we all can make this as a "non-cost-recall"
Jan 28, 2011 (9:25 pm)
After driving my 2008 Avalon Touring in the snow, I'm convinced it is the worst foul weather car I've ever driven. 35 degrees with heavy snow squalls and roads snow covered-my Avalon is a sled. It spins. It slides. This car is flat out dangerous on slippery roads. I couldn't make my driveway-100 yard slight uphill grade with 4" of wet snow. My cousin's Jetta TDI walked right in. I passed on a Hyundai Genisis because I wanted FWD for the snow, Yeah right! Just had to vent. What are they thinking with a design like this?
#804 of 965 Re: Avalon in the snow [stoneybroke]
Jan 29, 2011 (12:23 am)
We've owned our '08 Touring for several winters and never had any of those problems with snow driving. In fact, my wife attends her yoga class where the steep driveway stranded several ladies at the bottom of it after the last ice storm and she went right up it.
Most of the time, snow behavior is about the tires, not the car. Check the tire wear and the tire inflation. Some cars like the Avalon with brake force assist can provide too much braking. Also check the condition of the brakes because they are how the traction control manages slippery conditions.
Hope you figure out your problem because we have the same car and have zero issues in snow.
#805 of 965 Re: Avalon in the snow [stoneybroke]
Jan 29, 2011 (4:29 am)
I agree with kbetts1...no problems here with the Avy in the snow; however, we have excellent winter tires. Some 'all-seasons' are just absolutely are not decent in snow at all...I'd check those tires and find some with traction.
#806 of 965 Re: Avalon in the snow [stoneybroke]
Jan 29, 2011 (5:57 am)
We seldom see any snow here in GA but this year has been quite an exception as you may have seen on the news. Check your tire inflation and tread depth and post the results.... also what brand of tires do you have? My snow experience with the '07 Avy is limited, nothing like many who post here, but driving seems no worse than our other family cars, Nissan and Honda, all FWD. The real problem here in GA is ice as snow melts and then re-freezes... nothing works, could that have happened? As a car Avys do fine in the slush, as well as any other FWD car, from my experience.....