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'13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? #4458294
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My Toyota manual recommends 0W-20 oil for my '13 Tundra. I saw someone here mention that if towing, I should consider a different weight oil. I haven't found anything in my manual yet that says anything like this.

I pull a 6,000 lb travel trailer a few weekends a year. My Tundra has a tow capacity of 9,000 lbs, so I don't think I'm particularly straining the engine's max capability. Based on this, what weight oil should I put putting in?

Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458299
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I'd put in 0W-20 and just shorten the intervals, but that's just me.

Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458305
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I wouldn't change the weight unless I were trying to do long oil change intervals while towing. For slightly added peace of mind you could go with a slightly heavier 0w20 such as amsoil or others.

If I were to go up in weight I would jump straight up to a euro spec 0w40 like what I run in my truck. I dont really bother with 5w30s as they often shear to the point that Id rather just have a good 0 or 5w20

Last edited by TheKracken; 07/13/17 02:04 PM.

2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
97 Toy T100 4x4: amsoil 0w20 242k Miles
04 Toy Sienna awd: Pennzoil 0w20 281k Miles
Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458308
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I'd stick with 0w-20


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458320
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Toyota is on to something with the 0W-20 oils in their engines. That said, IMO, you should look at a 0W-30 under heavy towing. 5W-20 or 5W-30 are also a good choices as well. The Toyotas don't shear as badly as some engines but there are some on here that are way more knowledgeable than me. I lean toward heavier weight oils but try to stay in the ballpark of the manufacturer. Toyota fanboy here.


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458328
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I'd stick to 0W20 as well. If it were me and I was at all concerned, I'd possibly do a blend of maybe one quart of 0W30 with the rest 0W20. That way it's probably still technically a 0W20, but on the thicker end.

In general for towing, I'd be more concerned that the cooling system, transmission fluid and brake fluid is topped off and up to date. Plus highway miles are typically easier on engine oil.

Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458374
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0W-30 would be a good choice.


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458381
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Is there a "severe service" recommendation in the owners manual?

0W-20 should be fine as long as oil temps stay reasonable. Does the engine have an oil cooler? If not, I'd go for 5W-30.


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458490
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Originally Posted By: Hal3134
My Toyota manual recommends 0W-20 oil for my '13 Tundra.


Where exactly does it say that?

Is there a little bar graph with temperatures and arrows for different oils?

If there is, choose the heaviest oil on that chart.



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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Linctex] #4458507
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He said in the toyota manual. Toyota did spec the 13 tundra for 0w20


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458539
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Several owner's manuals posted on here show that Toyota say that a heavier oil is required for adequate protection under heavy load, high speed or mountainous regions.

If you check your OM, you've likely got the same and I'd go with a 30 weight.


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458574
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If you see consumption when towing I'd go up a grade. 10w-30 is my favorite grade. Any of SN 10w-30 will do a fine job


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458592
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Originally Posted By: Hal3134
My Toyota manual recommends 0W-20 oil for my '13 Tundra. I saw someone here mention that if towing, I should consider a different weight oil. I haven't found anything in my manual yet that says anything like this.

I pull a 6,000 lb travel trailer a few weekends a year. My Tundra has a tow capacity of 9,000 lbs, so I don't think I'm particularly straining the engine's max capability. Based on this, what weight oil should I put putting in?

As was noted already, what does your owner's manual say? What you "saw someone here mention" is not really relevant compared to what the manufacturer says.


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Hal3134] #4458660
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My manual for the RX mentions a heavier grade for towing and/or sustained high speed. As vague as that statement was, I figure the sky is the limit. I personally would go with a 10w30, HDEO most likely, or 0/5w30/40 A3/B4 for low temps.


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Re: '13 Tundra with 6K lb trailer -what oil weight? [Re: Miller88] #4458775
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Originally Posted By: Miller88
I'd stick with 0w-20


Of course. +1


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