A reader writes:
I have a 2007 Tundra with the 5.7 that I purchased brand new in the spring of ’07. The truck has ~64k miles, has been serviced at the dealership since it was new, and has not been abused. I’ve been using Mobil 1, changing the oil every 10k miles. I noticed when checking the oil before my 60k service that it was down about 3/4 of a quart on the dip stick. The dealership’s service department said they have never heard of a Tundra using oil, especially at only 60k miles. Is this normal, or is something wrong?
Short answer: There could be something wrong, but more likely than not everything is fine. Here’s some more detail.
If your Tundra is making an abnormal noise, it’s attempting to tell you something isn’t right. Don’t ignore it, listen to it, and use this guide to help troubleshoot the source(s) of the noise(s) coming from your Tundra.
Have you ever bought tires or stared at your own tires and wondered what the heck all the numbers and letters mean? You probably aren’t the only one. Here’s a handy guide to know what all those tire codes mean.
If Tundra owners or prospective buyers have a complaint, it’s been the Tundra’s lackluster fuel economy ratings. While it’s important to point out that the Tundra’s EPA fuel economy ratings are real – meaning Tundra owners actually get the mileage printed on the sticker – the fuel economy isn’t much to write home about compared to ratings on newer Ford, Ram, and GM trucks (only again, some of the EPA ratings on these trucks are impossible to duplicate).
While the Tundra is never going to be a Prius, there are ways you can save on fuel economy. Here are some practical ideas, taken from recommendations given by real Tundra owners on TundraTalk.net.
We get asked this question all the time: “I just got a new Tundra and I want to treat it right – should I use synthetic oil? If so, should it be full synthetic or synthetic blend?” The answer: It depends.
Synthetic oil has fewer impurities, better properties at high temperatures than natural oil, slightly better viscosity, and it’s more resistant to breakdown. Therefore, synthetic is better for an engine. However, whether or not it’s better for your engine depends on a few things…
NOTE: If you’re rolling in a 2010 or newer Tundra, you’re probably using 0W-20 oil, which is only available as a synthetic. This is the oil of choice for newer Tundras mostly because it improves fuel economy. It’s some of the best oil available, and unless you’re doing something really extraordinary, sticking with Toyota’s recommended 0W20 is best.
Post last updated September 2013.