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Oil Filter Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hansonian, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Jul 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    hansonian

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    I just recently purchased a 07 Tacoma Prerunner with the 4.0 V6 and while looking under the hood I noticed what looked like the oil filter was mounted on the top driver side. It also had what appeared to be some sort of shield to catch oil from dripping all over the place. Did some engineer actually put the oil filter in a easy to reach place or is this something completely different?

    This is the first Toyota I've owned and since all my previous vehicles were GM or Jeep products I'm used to having to crawl under the vehicle and contort my arm to reach the filter.
     
  2. Jul 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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    hillbillytaco

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  3. Jul 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    Normal. Attach a piece of 3/8" hose to the nipple below the drain cup and run it down to the bottom of the truck so you can unscrew the filter and drain the cup easily. If you're using a standard size filter the cup is big enough to hold all the oil in the filter without spilling over.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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    thanks for the reassurance. the drain for the oil filter cup is sheer genius.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    spp

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    Or take a screwdriver and punch a hole in the filter and the oil will drain back down into the oil pan so no spillage if you are careful.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    Yup!!! Makes it super easy for a DIY oil change!!! :D
     
  7. Jul 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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    "punch a hole" - Great idea! You're a genius. After two years of free oil changes from the dealer I'll do it. I'd better check the engine for spilled oil until then.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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    Yeah, ain't that cool! And the truck sits so high you don't even have to drive it up on ramps to get to the drain plug.
     
  9. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    A l[​IMG] large plastic water bottle works grate
     
  10. Jul 6, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    Never tried that. Never even considered it to be honest. So where do you punch the hole - top, side close to the top, close to the bottom?
     
  11. Jul 6, 2010 at 8:47 AM
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    1 qt oil bottle fits perfectly :)
     
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    At the top so it relieves the suction and allows it to drain. Learned that back in 1974 when I bought a Mazda Rotary Pickup that had the filter on the firewall upside down.
     
  13. Jul 6, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    Would doing this allow any particulates in the filter to backflow through the motor on its way down to the sump?
     
  14. Jul 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    A corona bottle also fits great.

    Shawn
     
  15. Jul 6, 2010 at 5:51 PM
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    getting there....
    thats what i did with my 06 when i had it....20 oz gatorade bottle.
     
  16. Jul 6, 2010 at 6:02 PM
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    Just did mine. Half of my damn hot oil splashed all over the f'ing driveway and my hands. When you take the drain plug out the oil gushes out so fast nothing can stop it. Even my big ass 15qt drip can caught only half.

    No joke, I'm seriously upset about this. It took me longer to clean up the oil spill than to do the oil change.
     
  17. Jul 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    did ya take the oil cap off first?:D
     
  18. Jul 6, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    Don't be a smart-ass. This was my first EVER oil change. Nobody told me to take the darn cap off. Why? That makes zero sense to me. :eek:
     
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