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2011 Tocoma TRD Offroad Oil Filter location

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by ChristophNC, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Feb 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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    ChristophNC

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    Hi everyone,

    New to this forum. I just puchased a 2011 Tocoma TRD with offroad package. Like any good owner I am actually reading the owners manual. I'm looking for the oil filter in the manual and couldn't find it. The do-it-yourself section shows where the dip stick and oil filler cap is located. I pop the hood and woolaaa I see what appears to be an oil filter next to the oil filler cap. Seems like they relocated the oil filter due to the skid plates. Is this correct? Any tips on changing the oil filter without creating an oily mess.

    Cheers,
    Christoph
     
  2. Feb 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    Thanks Whippersnapper for confirming that for me.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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    If you look closely you will note the cooling coils wraped around the base of the filter adapter - the oil cooler standard with the OR pack.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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    congrats on the new truck! make sure you can locate the drain plug before you change the oil, apparently it's easy to confuse with the transmission drain plug on the automatics
     
  5. Feb 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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    Thanks Saltshaker, I will be extra carefull when I change the oil.
     
  6. Feb 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    I would recommend placing a piece of hose on the bottom of the filter cup and running it into your oil drain pan. On my first oil change I learned the cup will not always hold all of the oil if the filter hasn't drained well.
     
  7. Feb 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    I liked the idea someone else had. Wedge a water bottle against the alternator (think it's there) and the drain plug. That way you don't have a hose full of oil when you're done to store back in your tool box.

    And as for overfilling the cup. Take off the filter slowly, or yea, you could over fill it. If it gushes, screw it back down quick. No problem.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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    I don't think so, my '05 4runner has the oil filter on top just like my '11 Tacoma -makes for an easy oil change though
     
  9. Feb 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM
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    THey just fixed the standard toyota oil filter is in the back on its side half way up the engine nonsense they had for decades. I still managed to pour oil down the side of my engine somehow, but at least I wasn't laying under it when it happened, like you had to do on all their old engines.

    Time will tell if it was a mistake. Toyota hasn't made a great V yet.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM
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    If Toyota puts the new 4.0 in the 2012 Tacomas have fun finding the oils filter!

    Hehehehehehehehehe!
     
  11. Feb 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    LOL!! They are (From what Im hearing), so the filter is gonna be just as fun as the first gens again.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    wheres it at in that one
     
  13. Feb 23, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    IIRC, its under the engine, near the front.

    found here:
    http://www.toyota-4runner.org/maintenance/60087-help-where-my-oil-filter.html#post633732
     
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    Hehehehehehehe!

    They have done away with the traditional filter we are used to and have a replaceable filter element. It is located at the lower front of the engine. I haven't done an oil change myself but did look into it. Thank you 2 year maint!
     
  15. Feb 24, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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    When you take the rubber drain cap off put a old 20 oz. water bottle underneath to catch the oil that comes out of the filter.
     
  16. Dec 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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    While the drain plug is still out of the pan, I punch a hole in the top of the filter allowing some of the oil to drain down and out into the drain pan. The little drain hole in the filter base helps, but surely isn't very easy to access.
     
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