How to Remove the Oil Filter Element on a Toyota

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How to Remove the Oil Filter Element on a Toyota
Toyota manuals tend to leave out information on oil filter removal. (man driving Toyota avensis shot from above image by alma_sacra from

Unfortunately, Toyota manuals don't explain how to remove oil filters, while other automakers' manuals do. The procedure requires a specialised wrench which you can purchase at a Toyota dealership or online. Different models use different filters and different filters require different wrenches, so you'll need to know your car's model year for the purchase.

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Things you need

  • Oil filter wrench appropriate for your model and model year
  • Crescent wrench

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  1. 1

    Buy an oil filter wrench at your local dealership, making sure the label states that it is compatible with your car model and year.

  2. 2

    Remove the engine oil cap, remove the drain bolt and let the engine oil drain into a pan. You don't want the engine full of oil when you take off the oil filter. Replace the bolt after draining.

  3. 3

    Place the oil filter wrench over the oil filter, which is under the engine. It's cylinder-shaped, about as tall as it is wide. The oil filter wrench is not really a wrench but rather a sort of cover with a bolt shape in the centre that you then need to use another wrench on.

  4. 4

    Twist the oil filter wrench off with a normal crescent wrench.

  5. 5

    Remove the gasket (O-ring) that seals between the filter and the engine.

  6. 6

    Clean the space the oil filter occupied, put a new gasket in place and screw a new filter on, again using the oil filter wrench. Finger tight plus a quarter turn is plenty--don't overtighten it or you could cause an oil leak.

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