The 2010 Toyota Corolla has been a real workhorse since, well, 2010. It has held up remarkably well and is still considered a good choice of car if that’s the kind of budget you are working with. These things tend to run forever so long as they are well-treated and well-maintained.
Part of proper maintenance is ensuring that your engine oil is both correct and at the right level. Changed regularly and checked even more frequently. This quick blog post will cover everything you need to know about the 2010 Toyota Corolla’s oil capacity, oil type, and more.
What Is The Estimated 2010 Toyota Corolla Oil Capacity?
The 2010 Toyota Corolla oil capacity for the engine is about four quarts which is equivalent to about 3.8 liters (if you are outside of the USA). The word estimate is used here because if you cannot check your particular vehicle specifically 4 quarts makes a good rule of thumb.
Luckily, it is possible to buy 4-quart oil bottles (or 4 liters outside the USA) which means you don’t need to measure out your oil you can just put the entire bottle in. Of course, this assumes that you have completely emptied your oil pan and you are not just simply topping it up.
You will of course need to pay attention to the quantity of oil you are putting in if you haven’t simply drained the oil pan and started from scratch. If you are able to use a dipstick you can easily check how much oil is left/needed. If you don’t have a dipstick, it may be best to either be extremely cautious with your pour. Otherwise, you could always just drain the pan regardless. You could “waste” some usable oil but it’s always possible to capture the used oil and re-add it to the engine.
How Do I Check The 2010 Toyota Corolla Oil Capacity?
To find out the exact measurement for the 2010 Toyota Corolla oil capacity you should refer to your owner’s manual. Everything you could possibly need to know will be in there, including oil capacity and any other important fluids that should be maintained by you the vehicle owner.
If you cannot for the life of you find out what the 2010 Toyota Corolla oil capacity is, there are two other options. First, you can search for your Corollas engine identification number user manual online which very well may solve your problem. Or, you could always call your local Toyota dealership/mechanic and ask if they have any ideas. It would be pretty crooked of them to try and charge you for answering that simple question.
How Much Oil Do I Need For An Oil Change For A 2010 Toyota Corolla?
If you are planning on performing an oil change on your own it’s best to go with the full four quarts. You can always drain the oil pan and add the used oil to the mix before you pour it back into the engine. However, if you are not sure how much oil you need you are also unlikely to be sure when you last changed the oil and how many miles it has done.
You should drain all of the oil, re-fit the oil pan seal, and then fill it with new/clean oil. If it has been an exceptionally long time your oil may have started to solidify so you may need to actually remove the oil pan and scrape out the remains. When oil becomes super old and has been well used it turns into an almost jelly-like substance. Which if left in the oil pan can seriously throw off how much new oil can actually be added to the engine.
How Often Should I Perform An Oil Change On A 2010 Toyota Corolla?
You should change your engine oil somewhere between every five to seven thousand miles. If your oil has been used for a seriously long time without going over that mile threshold you still might want to consider swapping it out.
Oil doesn’t degrade very quickly but over the course of a few years, it can start to break down and become less effective. If in doubt, drain it and have a look. You can pour the used oil straight back in if you don’t want to spend the money on new oil when the old oil seems perfectly fine.
What Type Of Engine Oil Do I Need For A 2010 Toyota Corolla?
The 2010 Toyota Corolla needs a synthetic motor oil called 5W-20 grade synthetic motor oil to function properly. It’s a super common type of oil and you should be able to find it pretty much anywhere. Hardware stores, Walmart, mechanics/body shops/dealerships, etc. You can even find it on Amazon so there really is no trouble. Some people use 5W-30 grade synthetic oil but that can make the engine hard to start in lower temperatures. 5W-30 is thicker/viscous and therefore struggles in lower temperatures where oil tends to naturally coagulate/thicken more.
How Much Does It Cost To Get An Oil Change On A 2010 Toyota Corolla?
If you don’t want to or don’t have the time to change the oil yourself on your 2010 Toyota Corolla you can always speak to a mechanic and ask them to do the job for you. There’s no shame in that and to be honest the cost of buying the oil yourself vs paying a mechanic to change the oil is almost negligible nowadays. It will probably cost you between twenty-five and fifty bucks for an oil change depending on where you are in the country. The oil itself will probably cost twenty bucks too.
So, now you know how much oil (give or take) you will need for your 2010 Toyota Corolla. And if you feel like you don’t, you should have a good idea about how to find out. You can always take it easy on the pour and stop when you see that it’s getting pretty full. Filling your engine with too much oil can lead to engine overload which is naturally something you want to avoid. If in doubt drain it out. And fill her up from scratch.