How to Remove the Oil Filter From a Toyota Corolla

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How to Remove the Oil Filter From a Toyota Corolla
An oil filter wrench is almost always needed when removing an oil filter. (tool image by CraterValley Photo from

Replacing an oil filter is a routine part of a Toyota Corolla's maintenance. Typically, it is best to pair replacing an oil filter with changing the Corolla's oil. Removing and replacing the filter should be done every 3,000 miles driven, or about every three months. The filter itself is cylindrical, and it can be found towards the front of the Corolla, near the radiator drain fitting and a pipe that leads to the catalytic converter.

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Things you need

  • Oil filter wrench
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Oil dripping pan

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    Ensure the Corolla's engine and electrical system is off. Engage the parking brake and jack the vehicle up. To do that, you will need to pick a pick a wheel, then place blocks in front and behind the wheel diagonally opposite. Crank the jack high enough to accommodate a jack stand. Slide the stand into place and lower the Corolla onto it. Repeat this process on all the wheels until the vehicle is lifted and securely on jack stands.

  2. 2

    Crawl beneath the Corolla and locate the oil filter.

  3. 3

    Place an oil dripping pan directly beneath the filter.

  4. 4

    Fit an oil filter wrench around the filter and loosen it slowly, but do not remove it yet. This will cause oil to spill out over the filter and drain into the pan.

  5. 5

    Wait for the oil flow to cease. Reach up and finish unscrewing the filter by hand.

  6. 6

    Pour any lingering oil out of the filter and into the dripping pan, once you have removed the filter completely from the mounting base.

Tips and warnings

  • Always where safety glasses and gloves while removing an oil filter.
  • Never get under a Corolla that's only been raised with a car jack. A safely lifted Corolla needs to be either on jack stands or raised by a garages two or four post hydraulic lift.

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