Toyota Prius Owners Manual

Checking the engine oil level
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Toyota Prius: Checking the engine oil level. With the hybrid system at operatingtemperature and turned off, check theoil level on the dipstick.

With the hybrid system at operatingtemperature and turned off, check theoil level on the dipstick.

1. To get a correct reading, the vehicleshould be on level ground. After turningoff the hybrid system, wait a few minutesfor the oil to drain back into thebottom of the engine.

2. Pull the dipstick out, hold the rag underthe end and wipe it clean.

3. Reinsert the dipstickpush it in as faras it will go, or the reading will not becorrect.

4. Pull the dipstick out and look at the oillevel while holding a rag under theend.

CAUTION

Be careful not to touch the hot exhaustmanifold.

NOTICE

Be careful not to drop engine oil onthe vehicle components.

If the oil level is below or only slightlyabove the low level, add engine oil ofthe same type as already in the engine.

Remove the oil filler cap and add engineoil in small quantities at a time, checkingthe dipstick. We recommend that you usea funnel when adding oil.

The approximate quantity of oil needed toraise the level between low and full on thedipstick is indicated as follows:

1.5 L (1.6 qt., 1.3 Imp.qt.)

For the engine oil capacity, see Servicespecifications on page 431.

When the level reaches within the correctrange, install the filler cap hand−tight.

NOTICE

  • Be careful not to spill engine oil onthe vehicle components.
  • Avoid overfilling, or the hybrid systemcould be damaged.
  • Check the oil level on the dipstickonce again after adding the oil.

ENGINE OIL SELECTION

Toyota Genuine Motor Oil is used inyour Toyota vehicle. Use Toyota approvedToyota Genuine Motor Oil or equivalentto satisfy the following grade and viscosity.

Oil grade:

ILSAC multigrade engine oil

Recommended viscosity:

SAE 5W−30

Toyota Prius: Checking the engine oil level. SAE 5W−30 is the best choice, for goodfuel economy, and good starting in coldweather.

SAE 5W−30 is the best choice, for goodfuel economy, and good starting in coldweather.

If SAE 5W−30 oil is not available, SAE10W−30 oil may be used. However, itshould be replaced with SAE 5W−30 atthe next oil change.

Toyota Prius: Checking the engine oil level. Oil identification mark

Oil identification mark

The ILSAC (International Lubricant Standardizationand Approval Committee) CertificationMark is added to some oil containersto help you select the oil youshould use.

Toyota Prius: Checking the engine oil level. To ensure excellent lubrication performancefor your engine, Toyota GenuineMotor Oil is available, which has beenspecifically tested and approved for allToyota engines.

To ensure excellent lubrication performancefor your engine, Toyota GenuineMotor Oil is available, which has beenspecifically tested and approved for allToyota engines.

Please contact your Toyota dealer for furtherdetails about Toyota Genuine MotorOil.


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