I went ahead and changed my own oil, oil filter, cabin filter, and sent in a Oil Sample to Black Stone Labs. The 2017 Toyota Tundra has canister filter. This requires a special filter tool to remove. I initially thought I could use the same one I saw on a You Tube Video for the 2015 Model. I was wrong. I ended up draining the oil from my engine through the regular drain plug. When I tried using the incorrect filter tool, I could not remove the filter. I had to call an Uber Driver to pick me up and take me to the local Parts Store. I found a Tool that said it could remove Toyota Tundra Filters. It was larger and more durable than the original tool I was using. When I left the parts store I noticed across the street a couple and some random guy were fighting. I called the police on them and got into another Uber Car for my ride home. The pictures above show the sample bottle I used and the unique mailing container provided by Black Stone Labs. I am interested in seeing the results. I had a little over 300 miles on the engine before switching to AMSOIL Signature Series. I put a little over 10,000 miles on the Oil. I also used Lucas Fuel Injector cleaner on almost every single fill up. Several years from now I want to break down the engine to see how clean the internals are. AMSOIL Signature Series can last up to 1 year or 25,000 miles. The length of the oil life depends on several factors such as: driving conditions, engine oil capacity, heat, engine type, and a bunch more. I drive my Toyota Tundra in bad southern California traffic over 40 miles each day. Its mainly highway miles but sometimes the highways here are stop and go. I also changed the Cabin Air Filter. That was very easy to do. The Cabin Filter is used to filter the air that goes into your A/C before it enters your car. I used a WIX Brand I ordered off the AMSOIL Website. I noticed it was much thicker than the stock filter. I also spread the filter open and saw some small dead bugs. This filter was around 7 months old and it already started turning dark.
I had a chance this weekend to replace the differential (rear end) fluid in my 2017 Toyota Tundra SR5. I used AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W 90, it is a GL 5 fluid. First, I cleaned the exterior of the truck and took it to a touchless carwash to clean the bottom. After the vehicle was dried I sprayed AMSOIL Heavy Duty Degreaser on the differential cover and wiped everything off. I made sure the differential was completely dry and free of any contamination. Besides a magnet to attract ferrous particles, there is no filter element on this differential. If you get debris inside of it, it will keep circulating and potentially eat away at your gears. I put the vehicle on a level part of my driveway. I then used a 24MM socket to open up the fill plug first. It is a good practice to open the fill plug first. If you drain all the fluid out and can’t get the fill plug off, you could end up having to drill out the fill plug and remove the cover to get the shavings out. I then drained the old differential fluid. I was surprised on how dark the fluid was for being under 5,000 miles. It was not that bad but I did see a lot of metallic particles floating in it. I read on a few forums that this is normal for breaking in a truck. I don’t like the suggested drain intervals. In my opinion, you should do an initial differential fluid change around 5,000 miles. After the fluid was drained I cleaned off the magnetic end of the bolt. I then lubed the threads with new gear fluid as a good practice. I then installed the drain bolt and torqued it with a calibrated torque wrench. I pumped the Severe Gear 75W 90 into the differential and reinstalled the fill bolt. I did a double check on both bolt torques and took it for a test drive to see if it leaked. You don’t want to over tighten the bolts. If you over tighten, you could snap the bolt or crack your differential. I am trying to find the factory workshop manual for a 2017 Toyota Tundra SR5. These are more detailed than the car maintenance manual you get when you buy the car. They are the manuals that the mechanics at the dealer use. So far, I replaced the oil and differential fluid with AMSOIL products. My next goal is to replace the transmission fluid. I have not found a solid writeup on how to replace the transmission fluid. I am looking for one that shows you how to remove all the fluid at once. This Toyota Tundra feels like a solid well-built truck. I am not a fan of the bad has mileage. I am not a full throttle on the entertainment side, but these basic speakers have to go.