How to Change the Oil Filter for Toyota Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Performing routine maintenance on your Toyota car keeps it running reliably, especially changing the oil and filter. The Toyota car uses a cartridge-type filter to keep the oil clean. This type of filter differs from the spin-on type in that the cartridge is inside a housing attached to the engine. The Toyota car has a unique feature that allows the filter housing to be drained prior to removal through the filter end cap.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil Filter for a 2010 Toyota Corolla

Open the hood of your Toyota Corolla. Locate and remove the oil filler cap.

Use a jack to raise the Corolla. Place jack stands under the front end to support the weight of the vehicle. Then, remove the jack.

Position a drain pan directly under the Corolla's oil drain plug. Use your wrench to remove the drain plug. Allow all of the oil into the drain pan.

Put the oil drain plug back in place and use the wrench to tighten the plug securely. Move the drain pan over until it is positioned underneath the oil filter. The oil filter is located on the engine block on the driver's side of the vehicle.

Use an oil filter wrench to take the oil filter off the engine block. Place the oil filter upside down in the oil pan. Use a clean, dry rag to wipe off any oil or other residue from the mounting area on the engine block.

Apply a small amount of fresh, unused oil to the gasket of the replacement oil filter. Install the new oil filter in the Corolla, using the oil filter wrench to tighten it in place.

Remove the jack stands and lower the Corolla with the car jack. Refill the engine with three quarts of new oil.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil drain pan

  • Wrench set

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Clean, dry rag

 How to Change an Oil Filter on a Toyota Highlander

Locate the oil filter. On most Toyota Highlander the oil filter location is in the front center of the motor between the radiator and the engine block underneath. To determine correctly, refer to the owners manual for location.

Loosen oil filter by turning it to the left. If it is the original oil filter, it will be black in color and will be secured very tightly. An oil filter wrench or preferably a foreign auto oil filter removal tool will work nicely with a 3/8-inch drive ratchet and extension. On the oil filter removal tool is a 3/8-inch molded insert for ratchet and extension. Just slightly loosen the oil filter; do not loosen enough to allow oil to drip down.

Place drain bucket beneath filter strategically to allow room for you to continue to loosen filter by hand and to catch oil that will drain from the filter when loosened enough.

Put on rubber latex gloves, if desired, and loosen the filter and allow the oil to drain to a trickle or drizzle. Remove filter and place in drain bucket.

Use a shop rag to clean the flange where the old oil filter was removed from. Make sure the rubber gasket from the old oil filter did not remain stuck to the flange.

Add a light coat of spent oil or fresh oil to the gasket of the new replacement filter, and screw on tightly. Do not over-tighten or use a wrench or tool to tighten the new oil filter. Add oil to accommodate for filter.

Items you will need

  • Replacement oil filter

  • Oil filter wrench

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet

  • 3/8-inch drive extension

  • Drain bucket

  • Shop rag

  • Rubber latex gloves (optional)

 How to Change an Oil Filter on a 2007 Toyota Tundra

Removal

Park the vehicle on level ground, set the parking brake and remove the keys from the ignition.

Remove the skid plate, if so equipped, with a socket wrench. The skid plate covers the lower engine bay.

Locate the filter housing on the front left side of the engine. The oil filter cap has a drain plug in the end cap.

Place an oil drain pan under the filter housing and put on rubber gloves.

Remove the drain plug with a 3/8-inch ratchet and 3-inch extension. There is a check valve located within the cap to prevent oil from coming out until the drain tool is inserted.

Insert the plastic drain tool into the filter end cap where the drain plug was located. This will unseat the check valve and allow the oil to drain from the housing.

Remove the filter cap with the oil filter wrench and separate the filter from the cap with a slight twisting and pulling motion.

Installation

Replace all the gaskets on the filter cap with new ones supplied with the replacement filter.

Install the new filter onto the cap assembly then screw the cap onto the filter housing. Use the filter wrench to tighten the cap to 18 foot-pounds of torque.

Reinstall the drain plug onto the filter cap. Use the socket wrench and 3-inch extension to tighten the plug to 9 foot-pounds of torque.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

  • Oil drain pan

  • Replacement oil filter, P/N 04152-YZZA4

  • Gloves

  • 65 mm 14 flute oil filter wrench

  • Torque wrench

 How to Change the Oil Filter on a 2010 Toyota Camry

Jack up the front of the Camry by placing a floor jack under the center of the front cross member. Place jack stands on each end of the cross member and lower the vehicle onto them.

Position an empty container under the oil pan to catch the used motor oil, and remove the oil drain plug. Allow the oil to drain completely, then replace the plug, ensuring it is sufficiently tight.

Place a socket wrench over the oil filter housing and remove the bolt holding it in place. Unscrew the actual filter housing and pull it off of the engine. Pull off both of the rubber gaskets. Press the new gaskets (included with the replacement filter) onto the housing. Remove the old filter from the housing and slide in the replacement. Screw the filter housing back into the engine and replace the bolt that was previously removed.

Remove the oil fill cap on the top of the engine and fill the motor with 5 qts. of 5W-20 motor oil. Jack up the Camry enough to slide out the jack stands, then gently lower the Camry to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Empty oil container

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