2011 Toyota Tundra Engine Oil Capacity

Need to know the engine oil capacity for your 2011 Toyota Tundra? Jerry has all that and more!
Written by Bonnie Stinson
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
Toyota Tundra
has always made a name for itself with its rugged capability and performance, and the 2011 is no exception. If you drive a 2011 Tundra, you’ll want to keep your truck in the best shape possible, and the first step is knowing your engine oil capacity.
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2011 Toyota Tundra engine oil capacity

Before changing your oil, you’ll want to know just how much engine oil your 2011 Toyota Tundra needs.
The 2011 Toyota Tundra has three different engine options, with two different oil capacities.
  • 4.0L V6 engine: 6.4 quarts or 6.1 liters
  • 4.6L V8 engine: 7.9 quarts or 7.5 liters
  • 5.7L V8 engine: 7.9 quarts or 7.5 liters
When you’re buying new engine oil, you’ll want to purchase enough to completely fill your oil reservoir. Underfilling your oil can cause engine damage later, so make sure you buy the correct amount.

What kind of oil does a 2011 Toyota Tundra need?

There are a lot of engine oil options, but not all are the right kind for your Toyota Tundra. You’ll want to look for a high-quality SAE 0W-20 engine oil or an SAE 5W-20, which is what Toyota recommends. The 4.0L V6 and 4.6L V8 require SAE 0W-20 while the 5.7L V8 needs SAE 5W-20 motor oil. This will keep your engine operating smoothly, and it’s important to stick with the manufacturer’s recommendations. 
You can choose a conventional, synthetic, or synthetic blend oil as long as it meets Toyota’s specifications. 

How often to change oil on a 2011 Toyota Tundra

Now that you know what kind of oil you need and how much, you’ll need to figure out if your Tundra needs an oil change.
Toyota recommends changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles if you’re using conventional engine oil. However, if you use a synthetic or synthetic blend, you can go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes.
Those are huge ranges, so the easiest way to determine if you need an oil change is to regularly check your engine oil and watch for any signs that your oil is getting dirty or gunked up. You’ll need an oil change if:
  • Oil is dark brown or black (Clean oil is light brown)
  • Oil feels coarse or gritty if you rub it between your fingers
  • You notice any oily, smokey, or burning smells
  • Your vehicle’s performance changes
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How to change your oil and oil filter

Once your Tundra needs an oil change, all you need to do is gather your materials. You’ll need a sock wrench, drain pan, filter wrench, a replacement filter, and new engine oil. 
You’ll want to start by running your engine until it reaches normal operating temperature. This will heat your oil and allow it to drain faster. Once your engine is warm, shut it off and
open the hood
, then follow these steps:
  • Remove the oil fill cap
  • Remove the oil drain bolt and position your drain pan to catch the draining oil
  • Remove the old
    oil filter
    while the oil drains
  • Install the new filter
  • Replace the oil drain bolt when the old oil has all drained out
  • Refill the reservoir with your new oil and replace the fill cap 
After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary.
You can use your dipstick to make sure you’ve added enough engine oil. Your oil pressure light may come on, but it should go off quickly after the new engine oil has had a chance to cycle through. 
Don’t forget to dispose of your old engine oil correctly. Pour it into a sealed container and take it to a recycling facility—don’t pour it on the ground or throw it away! 

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