Just changed the oil on my 4-banger and noticed that I had a hell of a time getting the old filter off. The standard cap-type filter wrench wouldn't fit the Toyota filter (the filter was too narrow), so I had to use a strap wrench, which on the 4x4 4-bangers is a PAIN to get onto the filter with room to twist.
My question is two parts- Did the dealership put the wrong filter on at my last oil change, or do Toyota filters just run skinny?
Second, does anyone have any secrets for changing the filters on the 2.7 4x4s/PreRunnners? That space is SMALL!
Obviously, I will be fine next time as my cap-type wrench worked wit my replacement filter, just curious for a lessons learned type of thing.