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Toyota oil filter wrench

Get a special Toyota oil filter wrench to change your oil

How to Remove Oil Filter cap on Toyota

Many Toyota owners are having trouble trying to remove oil filter on late model Toyotas. Many Toyota engines now use a cartridge style filter that fits into a housing. 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia vehicles equipped with the 1UR-FE or 3UR-FE engine, 2009-2010 Corolla and Matrix with the 2ZR-FE, 2009 Highlander.  That means the filter isn’t a spin on style.

The housing is made from plastic and includes a 64.5mm cap with 14 flutes. If you try to use an ordinary cap wrench on this housing, you’ll damage it. You MUST use the correct tool. Here’s how it works.

The new oil filter will comes with a plastic drain tool. Remove the drain plug from the bottom of the filter housing. Then screw in the drain tool. Once it seats, it opens a valve inside the housing and the oil from the filter will flow out. When the dripping stops, unscrew the drain tool and toss it. Place a new O-ring from the new filter box on the drain plug, screw in the plug and torque it to spec.

Then place the special fluted tool onto the housing and turn it.

illustration showing how to remove a Toyota oil filter

Remove oil filter on late model Toyota/Lexus engines

The entire housing will turn. Then lift out the cartridge filter and install the new unit. Replace the housing O-ring with the new one from the filter box. Apply a light coat of engine oil on the O-ring and screw the housing back in place. Here’s the important part. Do NOT exceed 18-ft/lbs. or you may not be able to remove it on the next oil change.

Toyota specifies a special Toyota wrench P/N 09228-06500-02 or 09228-06501, but several companies make a comparable tool.

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