2006 Toyota Avalon Engine Oil Capacity

The 2006 Toyota Avalon’s 3.5-liter V6 engine has an engine oil capacity of 6.4 quarts.
Written by Cameron Thiessen
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
The only engine available for the 2006 Toyota Avalon was a 3.5-liter V6, which has an oil capacity of 6.4 quarts.
If you’ve never done your own oil change on your 2006 Avalon, now’s a great time to start! Keeping up with your
routine maintenance
at home can be a great way to cut costs while still giving your vehicle the care it needs to run properly. We’ll discuss how much oil to use, what kind of oil to use, and how to get that oil change done properly!

2006 Toyota Avalon engine oil capacity

The 2006 Toyota Avalon’s engine has an oil capacity of 6.4 quarts or 6.1 liters. Notice that this amount is different from the 3.5-liter displacement of the V6 engine, which is how we measure engine size.

What kind of oil does a 2006 Toyota Avalon need?

You don’t need to use full synthetic oil for your Toyota Avalon, but it is recommended, since it will last longer and provide better quality protection to your ‘06 Avalon’s older engine. The recommended viscosity to use is 5W-30.
Viscosity ratings are a way for scientists and engineers to describe how thick fluids like oil are. Automotive oil has a different viscosity rating at freezing temperatures (“W” for Winter) than at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, because it is designed to act like a thinner oil when it gets cold.
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How often to change the oil on a 2006 Toyota Avalon

Now that we have amount and type down, we’re all set to
change the oil and filter
on this 2006 Avalon—but let’s make sure that the oil is actually due for a changing. Changing your oil prematurely can be a waste of materials, not to mention money. On other hand, waiting too long to change your oil when it definitely needs changing is a great way to end up with car problems.
If you’re using conventional oil, it’s supposed to be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you’re using full-synthetic oil, you should change your oil around the 10,000-mile mark or once every 12 months (whichever comes first).
Keep a record of the date and your car’s odometer reading every time you do an oil change so you know when you’ll be due for another.
You should also get used to checking your oil at least once per month, looking out for the following symptoms that might indicated bad oil in need of changing:
  • Oil looks dirty—it’s dark and opaque, and doesn’t resemble the color it has when it’s fresh out of the bottle.
  • If you rub a bit between your fingers, you can tell that it feels dirty/sandy.
  • You’re noticing strange noises/smells coming from the engine.
  • The overall engine performance has decreased.

How to change your oil and oil filter

Here are the supplies you’ll need to change your Avalon’s oil
  • Jacks, ramps, stands, or lift to raise the vehicle safely
  • 14-mm socket wrench for drain bolt
  • Drain pan
  • New replacement oil filter
  • Funnel
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • 6.4 quarts of 5W-30 oil
Begin the process by running the engine for about two to three minutes. This will heat up the oil, making it thinner, allowing it to drain easier and more thoroughly.
Next follow these steps:
  • Open the hood of your car and remove the oil fill cap.
  • Figure out how’re going to lift your Toyota and get underneath it. Once you’re there, find the oil drain plug, placing the drain pan under it to collect the draining oil.
  • When you’re ready to start draining, loosen the oil drain plug using your socket wrench, until it’s loose enough that you can use your fingers to turn it. Remove the plug to let the oil start flowing.
  • While you’re waiting for the oil to drain, remove the old oil filter (this will be messy) and install the new one with a new rubber O-ring.
  • After the draining is completely finished, replace the oil drain plug, and tighten it well with your socket wrench
  • Now, just pour in the new oil!
Run the car for around just 30 seconds, cycling the oil through, and check the oil level afterward. Also, check the area for any oil leaks. Make sure to properly dispose of the old oil, storing it in sealed containers to be recycled.
Finally, to reset your maintenance light, turn your key to the ON position while holding down the button the the lower right of the speedometer. You’ll see the odometer light up, show all zeros, and then return to its regular reading, indicating that the system has been reset.
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