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2015 2.7L Tacoma and towing #5345930 02/10/20 08:00 AM
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Toyota calls for 0W-20 with the mention of using a higher viscosity if doing extended high speeds or extreme duty.
I will be towing a 6x10 cargo trailer approximately 3500 miles this April. This will be the first time that I have towed it more than 8 hours at highway speeds. Weight will be about 2500 pounds.
I am considering 0W-30 for my next oil change. I am just wondering what others would do 0W-30, 0W-40?

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Welcome to Bitog. No numerical data, but I’m currently running Pennzoil Platinum Euro LX 0w30 in a Chev 6.0 LS engine. This has a kv100 that is on the high side of a 30 grade. 5w30 would suffice as well.

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Re: 2015 2.7L Tacoma and towing [Re: Nessmuk53] #5345962 02/10/20 08:56 AM
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For what it's worth, my dad and I towed a 73 VW thing on a 2 axle trailer from Massachusetts to Maryland in his 2WD crew cab 2013 Tacoma 2.7, no sweat. 70 mph in traffic, there was never a point where the Taco didn't have enough grunt. We towed 8+ hours at highway speeds. We even got a flat tire on the NJ Turnpike to add some excitement to the trip. Luckily it was the Tacoma's tire and not the trailer tire, because he didn't have a spare for the trailer.

Factory Toyota 0w-20 oil and filter.

Re: 2015 2.7L Tacoma and towing [Re: Nessmuk53] #5345998 02/10/20 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Nessmuk53
Toyota calls for 0W-20 with the mention of using a higher viscosity if doing extended high speeds or extreme duty.
I will be towing a 6x10 cargo trailer approximately 3500 miles this April. This will be the first time that I have towed it more than 8 hours at highway speeds. Weight will be about 2500 pounds.
I am considering 0W-30 for my next oil change. I am just wondering what others would do 0W-30, 0W-40?



Any decent 10w30 synthetic would be my go to (I am running Havoline pro DS 10w30 in my v6 Tacoma right now), Mobil 1 0w40 works real well.
I would also consider RGT 5w30 (since I have a lot of it from clearances and rebates),


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Originally Posted by Nessmuk53
Toyota calls for 0W-20 with the mention of using a higher viscosity if doing extended high speeds or extreme duty.
I will be towing a 6x10 cargo trailer approximately 3500 miles this April. This will be the first time that I have towed it more than 8 hours at highway speeds. Weight will be about 2500 pounds.
I am considering 0W-30 for my next oil change. I am just wondering what others would do 0W-30, 0W-40?

Mobil-1EP 0W20. Enjoy some of it's PAO on the 8+-hr ride with you. Some say it's the best mid-priced 0w20 out there.


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I’d think towing would be harder on the transmission and differential,with no additional stress on the engine,since the transmission and differential are taking up the additional stress,right?


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Re: 2015 2.7L Tacoma and towing [Re: aquariuscsm] #5346030 02/10/20 10:14 AM
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Everything in the driveline is taking additional stress.
The truck will have to be run in a lower gear to maintain interstate speeds, especially with headwinds and hills, by keeping it in a higher bar you risk excessive shifting with an auto, and lugging the engine under load.
So properly running the transmission in a lower gear means the engine will be turning at sustained higher than normal rpms. Which means it is creating more heat. It is a good idea to run a thicker oil in this situation. Because fuel mileage is no longer a concern..
Towing a similar trailer a couple of weeks ago expect gas mileage to drop. In half. I averaged 10-11 mpg with a fully loaded 6x12 loaded enclosed trailer with a mild headwind. Maintaining 65-70 for 250 miles.

Originally Posted by aquariuscsm
I’d think towing would be harder on the transmission and differential,with no additional stress on the engine,since the transmission and differential are taking up the additional stress,right?


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Re: 2015 2.7L Tacoma and towing [Re: Bryanccfshr] #5346058 02/10/20 10:44 AM
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If it has an engine oil cooler, I'd "know" that 0W20 would be fine. If it didn't, I'd "feel better" with something thicker. And regardless I'd just use xW30. smile

It's a single run in a vehicle that has some indication of being used as a work vehicle. Toyota does not just toss out 0W20 for fun (I'm not sure any of the OEM's did). Day in and out towing, sure I think xW30 is better. One run though and I don't see the problem. Since you can plan ahead, I'd run the thicker, but I wouldn't lose sleep if you suddenly towed with "thin" oil.

Originally Posted by Bryanccfshr
Everything in the driveline is taking additional stress.
The truck will have to be run in a lower gear to maintain interstate speeds, especially with headwinds and hills, by keeping it in a higher bar you risk excessive shifting with an auto, and lugging the engine under load.
So properly running the transmission in a lower gear means the engine will be turning at sustained higher than normal rpms. Which means it is creating more heat. It is a good idea to run a thicker oil in this situation. Because fuel mileage is no longer a concern..
Towing a similar trailer a couple of weeks ago expect gas mileage to drop. In half. I averaged 10-11 mpg with a fully loaded 6x12 loaded enclosed trailer with a mild headwind. Maintaining 65-70 for 250 miles.

That's a good point, if this thing is winding out for 3,500 miles then, if nothing else, a short OCI is in order, like 5k.

OP, is this an auto or stick?


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5w-30 or 10w-30 Synthetic all day long.

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The rear axle will experience the most stress in this situation. Also, lugging the engine will put more stress on the bottom end engine bearings.


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In the owners manual are tables showing what you can tow. The Toyota 2.7 liter 4 cylinder is the most durable one they make. The transmission you should worry about more.

That said I personally wouldnt tow anything except for a U-Haul with a light truck. A 6x10 sounds like a Uhaul style trailer so it should be ok.

As for viscosity towing or no towing Im not using 20 anything. I would go thicker.

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Originally Posted by ka9mnx
The rear axle will experience the most stress in this situation. Also, lugging the engine will put more stress on the bottom end engine bearings.

Good point and why I'd prefer a 30 grade oil for an extra safety margin while towing. That said lugging an engine should be avoided.


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It’s a Pace American Cargo Sport and is not built nearly as rugged as a Uhaul. I changed fluids in my diffs and transmission (5sp manual) for a higher viscosity already.
I think I am going to put Mobil 1 0W-30 in it.
For the past 5 years I have towed it regularly over to the highest point in West Virginia with no problems. Never towed it all day for extended periods before.

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I would go with a 5w30 year round. Something like Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic.

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A (presumably) 4x2 Taco with 4 cyl / 5mt is likely one of the most durable, long-lived trucks out there. Not great looking with its smallish-looking stock wheels - but talk about practical and durable. Hard to find 'em with 5mt... and reasonable miles. Kudos to you for having it / running it 😊 .


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