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2016 Tacoma, 4 cyl., 4WD, Oil Filter Location and Type

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by DCmodel12, May 16, 2016.

  1. May 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM
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    DCmodel12

    DCmodel12 [OP] Member

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    Oil filter in 2016 Tacoma - 4WD - Access Cab - 4 Cylinder - automatic.

    Reading the blogs in here - it seemed they implied my oil filter was under the skid plate - not so as I pulled the damn skid plate and no oil filter. So then, the hunt was on and I located it.

    Get a flashlight.
    Open the hood.
    Go to the passenger side, right over the right front tire.
    Stand facing the air cleaner and flash your light to the left of it, down past it and into the lower engine compartment.
    There it is, black colored, facing downward with a shroud on the left side of it.
    It has the numbers "90 something (can't read the rest)" on it and it's a spin-on type - not one of those plastic housing type with "O-Rings" and the filter element inside.

    If you change oil yourself - it's gonna be a bitch to get at but not insurmountable - you'll just need a long extension. Best to get in behind the right front tire.
     
  2. May 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM
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    Sounds like the same place its been on that motor for the past 11 years. I usually unscrew it a little and let the oil drain a bit before taking it off all the way. Messy. You have to wipe all the oil afterwards.

    Oh, and I drive mine on ramps and reach my hand up there.

    I had the dealer change the oil once and they had screwed the factory filter so tight, it took me about 4 hours to get back off. They probably used a wrench to put it on. Not much room for a wrench. The one that worked or me was a harbor freight strap wrench. Not much room to get an oil wrench in there either, which is way I use the textured oil filter from PureOne.
     

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