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Changing oil filter on 01 Taco

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Buffalofan, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Feb 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM
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    Buffalofan

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    I was wondering how you change your oil filter on your 01 taco. The oil filter is in the worst positon I have ever seen.

    The filter points up and then leaks all over. I put rags all around and try to get as much as possible.

    Do you have any special techiques on this? I was told by a toyota dealer they spray brake cleaner all over to clean the oil, would this really work or eat at the cables and such?

    I appreicate any advice as I HATE changing the oil filter.
     
  2. Feb 12, 2008 at 3:25 PM
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    concrete jedi

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  3. Feb 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM
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    On my 99, I loosen it then use a couple of shopping bags to wrap around it. Sometimes I catch everything in the bags, sometimes I make a mess. Hopefully someone else has a better solution.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2008 at 5:30 PM
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  5. Feb 12, 2008 at 5:33 PM
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    Whatever I can't clean up, I consider undercoating. It makes the mud come off easier.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2008 at 5:33 PM
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    Concrete, I cannot quote on your message, don't know why but I can't believe they f'd it up. It took me a long time to even find the filter, you have to bend your arm and wrist at the same time. PLUS you have the luxurey of haveing some type of metal screw or something jet into your forearm...everytime.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2008 at 5:35 PM
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    I just like how when I roll down my driveway on a hill the oil drips if I don't get it all.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2008 at 5:36 PM
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    Iknow what you mean. I have a gravel driveway, so the oil spots eventually blend in.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2008 at 11:41 PM
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    I was really hoping i wouldn't have as much of a problem with the filter on this as i did on my old Supra, but it doesn't sound that way. Although, it should be easier than reaching RIGHT under a nice hot turbo exhaust housing and right above the front suspension crossmember...
     
  10. Feb 13, 2008 at 8:46 AM
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    Not sure if you will as you seem to have an 04 which is 3 years newer so maybe they changed the design since 01.
     
  11. Feb 13, 2008 at 7:32 PM
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    It's the same 3.4 v6
     
  12. Feb 14, 2008 at 6:30 AM
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    I take an extra couple minutes and take off my skid plates. Whatever runs out when I pull the filter off, I just hose down with brake cleaner...
     
  13. Feb 14, 2008 at 8:34 AM
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    So you really can use brake cleaner...huh.. I would have thought that would eat away at other engine parts and cables.
     
  14. Feb 14, 2008 at 3:16 PM
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    I have a 99 with a 2.7 and ya it's in a sucky spot...Removing the back skid plate does help....hardly any room to snake your hand in there...:mad: I just lay some rags around and let it fly...
     
  15. Feb 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM
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    If you think about it, there are rubber pieces in brake calipers and the wheel cylinders inside the drums and the brake cleaner doesn't effect them...
     
  16. Feb 15, 2008 at 12:17 PM
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    I am not the most techincal person at all. I can do the basics, with is oil changes and washing the car. I get amazed at what I hear people do to their cars themselves. I am usually reading these posts with utter amazement and then shame.

    I would really like to do brake changes but don't want to put my life at risk

    I need a tutor, anybody in Denver metro?
     
  17. Feb 15, 2008 at 9:42 PM
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    Start out by getting yourself a Haines or Chilton manual for your truck. They are very helpful in learning the systems of your truck. And they are somewhat cheap $15-$20...
     
  18. Feb 16, 2008 at 8:07 AM
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    I have thought of that but I am much better by watching someone do it instead of looking at pictures.
     
  19. Feb 16, 2008 at 10:17 AM
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    Some people learn better that way. I would still buy the book so you can compare. There are some people out there that should be banned from working on vehicles. And some of these people are mechanics.:eek:
     
  20. Feb 18, 2008 at 10:44 AM
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    turn your tires all the way to the drivers side and reach through the wheel well the only time i make a mess is when i drop the filter only happned once
     
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