Changing the motor oil on a 2012 Toyota Corolla falls in the backyard mechanic DIY category.
The steps will be the same for any 2009-2016 Corollas.
Usually, the Maintenance Required (MAINT REQD) Light comes on when it’s time to change the oil.
Below are the steps I use to change the oil, along with a step-by-step video at the bottom of the page if needed.
As always, if in doubt, be sure to take your car to a professional.
Tools Needed to Change the Motor Oil on a 2012 Toyota Corolla
Jack and stands
14mm socket or wrench
Oil Filter Tool
Oil Drain Pan
It does require a special tool to remove the oil filter.
Here is the Special Tool on Amazon
Heavy Duty Oil Filter Wrench For Toyota, 1.8 Liter Engines
The 2012 Toyota Corolla 1.8 Liter engine uses 0W-20 Synthetic Oil. The oil cap will have it written on it.
It uses 4.4 Quarts so a 5 Quart jug will need to be bought.
Here is 0W-20 Full Synthetic Motor Oil on Amazon
Mobil 1 Extended Performance Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20, 5 Quart
Here is the Oil Filter on Amazon
Genuine Toyota Parts – Replaceable Element (04152-YZZA6)
How to Change the Oil on a 2012 Toyota Corolla 1.8 Liter
- Jack the car up and place it on stands. Be sure to block the tires and pull the emergency brake so it does not roll.
- Drain the oil pan with a 14mm wrench into the catch pan.
- Using the special oil filter tool, locate and remove the filter turning it counter-clockwise.
- Remove the old filter and insert the new one.
- Screw the oil filter back in and tighten it. Tighten it to roughly 1/4 to 1/2 turn past hand tight or about 18 ft lbs of torque.
- Screw back in the oil pan plug. Tighten it just past hand tight or to about 20-25 ft lbs of torque.
- Once the filter is back in and oil pan bolt add 4.4 quarts of oil.
- Check the oil with the dipstick to be sure the oil is at the right level.
- Turn the car on and let it run for 2-3 minutes. Shut it off and check for any leaks. It is also a good idea to check the oil level again.