Which oil is better to fill in a Toyota Corolla engine?

Toyota Corolla engine oil volume

EnginehpYear of release (beginning-end)Engine oil volume, l
1.4i 16VB4ZZ-FE97200120063.70
1.6i 16VB3ZZ-FE110200120073.70
1.8i 16VB2ZZ-GE125+200120064.40
2.0 D-4DD1CD-FTV90200120065.90

Popular engines in the Russian Federation: 1.6 l.

Engine oil for Toyota Corolla: selection and replacement

Many car owners often think about what kind of oil is best to pour into the Corolla. The options can be varied, because in addition to original lubricants, there is a good selection of analogues of varying quality and cost. Before purchasing, you need to understand the intricacies of the choice.

What lubricant might be suitable?

In the car's service book you can find information about which oil is suitable for the Toyota Corolla E150 engine or another model that you own. If you do not have a service book, you can select the appropriate lubricant using a table that many motor oil sellers can offer.

Thanks to the catalog, you can find out exactly whether your car needs synthetic or mineral fluid, what viscosity is suitable for it, and how much oil needs to be poured into your Toyota.

Original products are usually recommended by the factory, as they are optimally suited for the engine, however, such products are quite expensive, and if you buy them from an untrusted place, there is a high risk of purchasing a fake. It is not at all necessary to buy only original oil, especially if you have an old car. It is enough to select a lubricant of similar viscosity and other parameters from any manufacturer that you trust, and whose product price suits you.

For example, for a 2008 Toyota E 150, the service book recommends filling in synthetic products, the viscosity of which may vary. Most drivers fill in universal fluid 10W-30; in addition to it, motor oil with a viscosity of 5W-30, -20, and also a rather rare 0W-20 is suitable.

The 1.6 petrol engine, according to the API specification, requires SL, SM engine oil. Products with this marking are also suitable for cars manufactured in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010. However, it is worth paying attention to the fact that such marking is characteristic only of older generations of lubricants. For cars produced in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, fluids of the same viscosity, but marked SN, are applicable. This is a newer label.

If your car was manufactured from 2002 to 2011, and the old type of lubricants are not on sale in your region, you can safely purchase products marked SN. For example, the manufacturer recommends 5W-30 SN oil for a 2013 Toyota Corolla. For gasoline engines, the bottle must be marked PI.

There are Sprinter fluids, they are designed for small vans, sports cars, and are suitable for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The difference between such oils and conventional ones lies in the improved formula, thanks to which the engine, which experiences increased loads, is better cooled and protected from rust and other unpleasant phenomena associated with vehicle operation. This oil is recommended for Toyota Corolla with turbocharging.

If the engine was produced before 2013, the choice of oil should be focused on high anti-corrosion and anti-wear properties, since older power units have thinner walls and require special protection. Products labeled SL with an improved formula are suitable. You can add energy-saving products; they are well suited for the 110 generation.

Possible problems with high consumption of lubricants

The engine oil level must be checked regularly. Ideally, the mark should be kept in the middle. Consumption tolerances should not exceed a liter per 10 thousand km for a used car. If a car eats grease, you need to pay attention to the condition of its power unit; most likely, it needs repair.

For example, if the oil pressure sensor is constantly on, it doesn’t matter whether you have generation 110 or another model, it would not be superfluous to check not only the level, but also the sensor itself. If you find that your car is eating oil, for example, it takes about a liter per 1,000 km, it’s time to have the engine repaired. Most often, Toyota eats if the rings and valve stem seals are worn out: by replacing them, you can get rid of the problem.

It happens that the oil pressure is normal, the rings are new, but the car still eats lubricant in large quantities. In this case, you need to check the oil pump, especially if you have previously used a low-quality motor product. In this case, it will be necessary not only to replace the faulty part, but also to completely change the oil to a higher quality one.

It is worth paying attention to the fact that a working car can eat oil if it is of low quality and its viscosity is insufficient: such a substance is simply squeezed out through various cracks, for example, it can leak from under the filler cap.

That is why, when deciding which oil to use, you should not save at all by purchasing cheap products of dubious quality. Repairing and replacing the fluid with a suitable one will cost much more.

How to change the lubricant yourself?

Having decided what kind of oil should be poured into the Toyota Corolla engine, you will also have to think about whether to change it at a car service center or do it yourself. Many sellers mark up fluids but offer free replacements. If you don’t want to waste time or don’t have the right conditions to replace it yourself, you can use the services of a car service center, where they can tell you how much oil you need. If the product is offered for bottling, you will not have to overpay for extra liters. It is also worth paying attention to the fact that along with changing the lubricant, the oil filter is also changed. It should be purchased immediately.

If you want to change the fluids yourself, you can do it in a garage. To do this you will need a pit or overpass. Before replacing, the car needs to be warmed up; to do this, just drive a few blocks. After this, place the Toyota over the hole. Make sure that the car is not tilted. It is better to work with gloves, as the drained liquid will be hot. Prepare in advance a container of suitable volume into which you will pour the waste liquid, unscrew the drain plug: it is located on the engine crankcase. Wait a few minutes until all the lubricant is drained, then replace the oil filter.

Screw the plug back and start replacing the fluid: fresh oil is poured through the neck, which is located under the hood. Check the level: after it is halfway, start the car, let it run for about a minute and check the fluid level again. If it's still not enough, add more. Before starting work, it is recommended to watch a video illustrating how this is done.


So, to fill the engine, you need to select a certain type of lubricant depending on different conditions. Do not forget how important this is for the good operation of the unit. Every driver can change the lubricant if he follows the rules for doing this work.


Oil selection table by season (winter, summer)

Oil for Toyota Corolla E120 2000-2008

YearViscosity SAE all season
from +25 to -25 °C
from -35 to 0 °C
from 0 to +35 °C
Gasoline APIDiesel APITypeRecommended Manufacturers200010W-30 10W-40 15W-40 15W-30
5W-30 5W-4020W-40 25W-30
SJCF semi-synthetics, mineral waterMobil, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Rosneft, Mannol200110W-30 15W-40 15W-30
5W-30 5W-4020W-40 25W-30 25W-40
SJCG semi-synthetic, mineral water Xado, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Kixx200210W-40 15W-40 15W-30
5W-30 5W-4020W-40 20W-30 25W-40
SJCG semi-synthetics, mineral water ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Select, Kixx, G-Energy, Rosneft, Mannol, Lotos200310W-30 10W-40 15W-40 15W-30
5W-30 5W-4020W-40 20W-30 25W-30 25W-40
SJCG-4semi-synthetic, mineral waterMobil, Rosneft, Select, Mannol, Lotos200410W-30 10W-40 15W-40 15W-30
5W-30 5W-4020W-40 20W-30 25W-30 25W-40
SJCHsemi-synthetic, mineral waterMobil, Select, Mannol, Lotos200510W-40 5W-40
5W-40 0W-3020W-40 25W-30 25W-40
SHCH-4 semi-synthetic, mineral water Mobil, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Rosneft, Select200615W-40 10W-40 5W-40
0W-30 5W-40 5W-3020W-30 20W-40 25W-30
SJCH-4semi-synthetic, mineral waterMobil, Lukoil, Valvoline, Rosneft, CONSOL200710W-40 5W-40
0W-30 5W-4020W-40 25W-40
SLCH-4semi-syntheticsMobil, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Rosneft, CONSOL200810W-40
0W-30 0W-4020W-40 25W-40
SLCIsemisyntheticsMobil, Xado, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Kixx, G-Energy, Rosneft, MannolYearViscosity SAEall season
+25 to -25 °Cwinter
-35 to 0 °Csummer
from 0 to +35 °CGasoline APIDiesel APITypeRecommended Manufacturers200810W-40
0W-30 0W-4020W-40 25W-40
SLCI semi-syntheticsMobil, Xado, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Kixx, G-Energy, Rosneft, Mannol200910W-40 15W-40
0W-40 5W-4020W-40 25W-40
SLCI semi-syntheticsMobil, Xado, Valvoline, Kixx, G-Energy, Rosneft, Mannol201010W-40 15W-40
0W-40 5W-4020W-40 25W-40
SLCI-4semi-syntheticsMobil, Xado, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Kixx, G-Energy, Rosneft, Mannol201110W-40 15W-40
0W-30 0W-4020W-40 25W-40
SMCI-4semi-syntheticsMobil, Lukoil, Valvoline, Xado, ZIC, Kixx, G-Energy201215W-40
0W-40 5W-4020W-40 25W-40
SMCI-4semi-syntheticsMobil, Xado, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Kixx, G-Energy201310W-40 15W-40
0W-40 0W-3020W-40 25W-40
SMCI-4synthetics, semi-syntheticsCastrol, Mobil, Xado, ZIC, Lukoil, Valvoline, Kixx

Original vs...

Which is better to fill the Corolla 120 with engine oil, original Toyota oil or from other lubricant manufacturers?!

The manufacturer recommends filling Toyota Corolla with original synthetic motor oil Toyota Genuine Motor Oil API (Toyota Engine Oil), but in addition to the original, it is also possible to fill in oils from other manufacturers, such as Shell, Castrol, Mobil, Total and so on.

It is worth noting an important fact that Toyota, like most other automakers, does not produce motor oil, but only sells it in its own branded packaging, as the company stated on the official Japanese website Toyota.jp that oil for Toyota is produced by such manufacturers as Exxon, Mobil and Idemitsu.

At this stage of choosing between brands, everyone decides for themselves, based on personal experience, since car owners each choose oil according to their beliefs, capabilities and requirements. For some, brand “A” is preferable, while others have to buy oil “B”, since oil “A” is not available.

Recommended services for selecting automobile oils

If you already have preferences in the brand, then everything is even simpler. It is enough to go to any service for selecting automobile oils of the desired brand and the manufacturer will select the oil that will be compatible with your engine. The table contains the most popular brands and selection services from these brands. We go to any of the sites in the table and select the make, model of the car, engine and year of manufacture.

Oil brandLink to selection
Liqui Molyliquimoly.ru

Characteristics of Toyota oils

  1. All oils are created using hydrocracking technology, they are all mineral-based at 60% -90%.
  2. Development is carried out taking into account the specific functionality of Toyota engines
  3. Proven themselves well in temperature conditions in Russia
  4. Friction modifiers included in the composition ensure calm and quiet engine operation
  5. Fuel consumption is reduced, although not significantly
  6. The price is lower than that of analogues from Europe

Lack of oil for Toyota Corolla

Despite all the advantages, oil from the Toyota concern has one drawback - a low alkaline number. Therefore, oils with such oil indicators are more demanding on the quality of the fuel used. The use of additives, which in turn increases the ash residue.

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