Just looking for opinions on next step --
I've never really worked on my 02 Tacoma (128k) instead opting to have a family mechanic perform maintenance and any other work. Never have had an issue until now - 6/28 he replaced the following:
Valve Cover Gaskets
Spark Plug Tube Seals
PCV Valve + PCV Valve Grommet
Fuel Injection Plenum Gasket
After, full synthetic oil change, I had him install a K&N oil filter. Typically, he uses WIX. Reason for the K&N was I was picking up the filter and the oil (Mobile 1). No WIX in stock so I grabbed a K&N (HP 1002).
So, last night I notice a puddle of oil in my driveway and proceed to investigate further. I looked under the hood and VC Gaskets look fine. Started the engine and looked under the vehicle. Steady stream of oil dribbling down from skid plate. Shut off ignition and took a look.
Dropped the front skid plate and went to remove the rear part of the skid plate and the passenger side bolt will unscrew so far before it just spins and will not drop. Both skid plates were coated in old + quite a bit of fresh oil. Soaked it up with paper towels and wiped em down as best I could.
I hand checked the oil filter and found I could turn it 3/4 more to the right. Started engine and now no more oil streaming.
Since I do not have an oil filter band wrench, I could not tighten past hand tight.
So questions (sorry if they are noob - I need to learn after this mess):
1. Do I need to tighten the filter further? I have google'd that K&N and found several links on cold temp leaking and problems with tightening. Should I just change the oil again and go with a stock filter? Really leaning toward doing this.
2. Lots of oil on undercarriage resulting from that streaming leak. Oil sprayed all the way back to the rear axle and was on the diff and everything else. Should I be concerned with oil spray on any bushings, hoses, rubber, etc.
Next on my list is to look into an engine compartment cleaning at a detail shop. If needed I can inquire about the undercarriage and steam cleaning as well. Especially if the oil spray is going to damage or degrade anything.
As for the family mechanic, I have always used him for oil changes and routine maintenance. I've changed oil before (not on the tacoma) but always figured for a few bucks more, I could just pay someone else and didn't have to worry about the disposal/drop off of used oil. If the K&N is just crap, then I may give him another chance but I may just start doing oil changes myself/ Anything major, I'll find a shop so that a warranty of work will be there.
I've attached a few pics. cant really see a lot but you get the idea.
Also attaching pics of the IAC - mechanic suggested that be replaced next as it has corrosion on it. He also mentioned struts and shocks are overdue. Original so I tend to agree that is next on the list (128k!).
Input appreciated. Thanks.