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oil change makes huge mess

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by daggertats, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Dec 20, 2010 at 2:23 AM
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    i have a 2010 reg cab 4x4 with a 4 cyl. yesterday i did my first oil change. the filter is located in an awful spot above a skid plate so when you take it off oil drips all over the top pf the skid plate. have any of you come up with a less messy way to remove the filter?
     
  2. Dec 20, 2010 at 2:43 AM
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    Most people, including toyota technicians remove the oil pan to prevent this. It comes off with 4 easy bolts.
     
  3. Dec 20, 2010 at 2:50 AM
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    Get a piece of 5/16 vinyl tubing from the hardware store and stick it on the barb fitting on the bottom of the oil filter mount housing. No need to spill a drop.
     
  4. Dec 20, 2010 at 3:31 AM
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    You can also put an empty water bottle right underneath the fitting and all the excess oil will drip into it. Just did it a few weeks ago and I would say it was the easiest oil change I have done. Not a drop spilled.

    Look or feel under where the filter screws in for the barbed fitting. There should be a rubber plug. Pull the plug, insert tube or bottle, then take filter off. The oil will flow out of the barb. No mess!:cool:
     
  5. Dec 20, 2010 at 4:28 AM
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    Funny, I have an 05 4cyl 2.7l and have both the oem and TRD skids. The oil filter is behind both of them and drips into pan on floor when removing the filter. It doesn't even get on the side of the motor. How do you make it drip on the top of the skids? I have a prerunner, are the skids longer for 4wd? Nevermind, I guess the little drain thingy is what drips on the skid? I don't use that, I just unscrew the filter enough for the little bit of oil that comes out to run off the filter into the pan on the ground. Then when it's done dripping, I remove the filter and dump rest of oil in it into pan. Wipe hand, wipe filter area & screw on new filter filled with new oil. Less mess and time spent fiddling with an extra hose and that drain thing.
     
  7. Dec 20, 2010 at 5:33 AM
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    Seems Toyota screwed up when they engineered the oil filter location, my 3.4 is a pain and rather than change the orientation of the filter they put in a catch basin with another drain plug. What would have been wrong with a small extension housing that holds the filter upright like the one on an old small block chevy engine, easy to change and you can fill the filter up with oil before you install it. Someone builds an adapter that does that and I will buy it.
     
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    i think i can get a small pan of some kind on top of the skid plate ...once the weather warms up some ill give it a longer look. the 6 cyl ones look alot easier......maybe ill trade....lol thanks for all your ideas and thoughts
     
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    He's got the 4 cylinder not the V6, oil filter isn't located on top and in the front like the V6.
     
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    I think the filter location on the 2.7 is great...very easy to change.
     
  13. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    It does not work very well but it's better then nothing - using a plastic bag around the filter when you unscrew it helps a bit. Push the bag up higher around the filter mount as you unscrew. The oil makes this tougher as you go but it should get there. Roll up the sleeves and expect some to run down the arm.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM
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    Already have that but this does not solve the issue of the filter spilling everywhere for us 4 bangers.

    Time to over think/engineer this:
    I'm thinking of making something simple like a 2 liter bottle cut in half and a rubber band across diameter that pinches and grabs filter after you loosen it. It would be nice as it could catch all the oil and just open the cap on bottom to drain the rest into a container. I don't care much about getting dirty its getting it all over the driveway and truck that pisses me off.

    I suppose you could do even less and just hold a large milk jug or 2 liter cut in half under it as you unscrew it. It may be too tight to make it work without a band holding and turning the filter. Oil change is coming up so I will give this a shot.
     
  15. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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    Yes that would be easier, just have to find a tapered container of proper size for filter. I should get pretty interesting looks at supermarket with a tape measure.......
     
  16. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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    Not really prepared for an answer so thanks for the prep.
     
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    On my 4cyl I just use a 2 liter soda bottle or 1/2 gallon milk jug, cut the top off and put it around the filter. Break the filter loose and put the jug around the filter and let the filter and oil all fall into the jug. Just hold it there for a minute or so after you drop the filter and wipe up what little oil drips afterward.
     
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