How to service a toyota previa

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How to service a toyota previa
Regular maintenance of your vehicle will extend the life of your engine. (old engine image by John Sfondilias from

The service performed on your Toyota Previa will depend on its mileage as well as the service maintenance schedule. Environmental conditions can also impact the scope of maintenance as well. Regular maintenance will ensure smooth, trouble-free, safe driving of your Toyota Previa. Your manufacturer recommends servicing your vehicle at 7,500-mile intervals. At 15,000 miles your Previa requires an oil and filter change, a thorough inspection of the transmission, brake system and hoses, differential fluid, steering linkage, lubrication of the driveshaft as well as a tire rotation.

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Things you need

  • Jack stand
  • 2 jacks
  • wrench
  • 6 quarts of SAE 10W-30
  • Oil pan
  • Protective glasses
  • Gloves
  • Oil filter
  • Funnel
  • Paper towels
  • Wheel bearing grease (NLGI No2)

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  1. 1

    Warm up the engine for a few minutes. Turn off the engine and place the vehicle in park. Activate the emergency brake.

  2. 2

    Using a jack, lift the vehicle and secure either side with a jack stand.

  3. 3

    Under the driver seat, locate the oil drain plug and place the pan.

  4. 4

    Remove the oil filter cap and use the wrench to unscrew the oil drain plug. The oil should flow freely into the pan.

  5. 5

    With a paper towel, wipe around filter cap, insert new filter and plug the oil drain.

  6. 6

    Under the hood, on the left, insert the funnel in the engine oil reservoir tank and pour the oil. Do not overfill. The reservoir marker will indicate its maximum capacity.

  7. 7

    Underneath the vehicle and under the driver seat, pull the transmission dipstick to verify the transmission fluid level and colour. The fluid should be a transparent red colour and odourless. Check differential fluid level for proper gear lubrication.

  8. 8

    Locate and check the driveshaft, a sturdy metal tube connected to the engine and lubricate it with wheel bearing grease if necessary.

  9. 9

    Check the brake pads for excessive wear and the brake disc for run out and/or leaking fluid.

  10. 10

    Inspect the brake lines and hoses for chafing, cracks or deterioration. Replace any deteriorated or damaged parts immediately.

  11. 11

    With the vehicle stopped, check the steering wheel for excessive free play.

  12. 12

    Rotate your tires to equalise wear. Check the treads and pressure in each tire.

Tips and warnings

  • Properly dispose of your used engine oil. Go to on your computer to an automotive retailer in your area that recycles oil. Prior to performing any maintenance on your Previa, consult the owner's manual for the correct parts and fluids.

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