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Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner #4555660
10/26/17 08:28 PM
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Gebo Offline OP
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I get sick just thinking about removing the oil filter on my V6 2002 4Runner. I gotta take all that bottom stuff, shield, pan, bolts everywhere and then I gotta align it all up while putting it all back together. Long extension, those 2 bolts way up where you can't see them and then getting that front brush whacker to fit it the slots.....I'm getting tired just thinking about it. My baby is outside now and has been draining oil for 5 hours and I'm putting it off until tomorrow. I think I'll take 3 melatonins and got to bed. tomorrow is another day....

What I want to know is this? Is there an easy way to remove this oil filter? For 150k miles I have removed all this bottom stuff and it's hard to get it all back in place without thinking bad thoughts and words.


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555666
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Get'cha a little battery impact wrench for the skid plate and whatever filter wrench works the easiest. shrug

If you want me to list my favorite oil filter wrenches, I can if it would help. shrug

Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555667
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You could always get a nice oil filter relocation kit. Pipe it up using hydraulic style hoses so you don't have to worry about leaks.


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Merkava_4] #4555671
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4

get'cha a little battery impact wrench for the skid plate and whatever filter wrench works the easiest. shrug


I agree but it's aligning the metal plate with the rear plastic plate and holding them in place...
Maybe I just don't know what I'm doing.


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: DoubleWasp] #4555672
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Originally Posted By: DoubleWasp
You could always get a nice oil filter relocation kit. Pipe it up using hydraulic style hoses so you don't have to worry about leaks.


I'll google it...Thanks!


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555748
10/26/17 09:53 PM
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Run a fram ultra (or Donaldson/Amsoil) filter & change it every 20,000 to save on this hassle


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555766
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If it's like my 99, and I think it is, I know what you mean. Total pita. After you get everything off you still have to get arms all scrunched up in there to even reach it. Then discovered you can reach it thru the left wheel well. Turn the wheel to gain access to the filter. Easy peasy. Bob's your uncle.

Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555786
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Get a small lift, add 32 inch tires, and remove underbody panels. I have the 3.4 as well in my truck and that is my setup. Easiest vehicle to do oil changes on. My wife used to just sit underneath and do it for me laugh Didn't have to jack up the car or ramps


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555789
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Originally Posted By: Gebo
I agree but it's aligning the metal plate with the rear plastic plate and holding them in place...
Maybe I just don't know what I'm doing.


What you do is stick an alignment bar like a tapered drift punch or center punch through one hole in the metal plate and from that hole - through a hole in the plastic piece. While you got both holes lined up and holding both plates with one hand, pull the punch out real quick with the other hand and get a bolt started. Leave that bolt loose as you go to line up the next set of holes - and repeat.

Something like this. The pointed end.

Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4555872
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Why is the oil draining for 5 hours?


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: stumpypete] #4555878
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Originally Posted By: stumpypete
If it's like my 99, and I think it is, I know what you mean. Total pita. After you get everything off you still have to get arms all scrunched up in there to even reach it. Then discovered you can reach it thru the left wheel well. Turn the wheel to gain access to the filter. Easy peasy. Bob's your uncle.


So if one ran OCI and tire rotation the same mileage? Is it better yet while that tire/wheel is drying and waiting for Armor All?


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4556020
10/27/17 07:44 AM
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as said above, consider a filter relocation kit. it should be pretty easy to do as long as you take your time and have a half-decent spot to mount the filter. plan your hose routing, and pay attn to detail to prevent abrasion/scuffing.

-m


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Gebo] #4556258
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Can you cut a hole in the plastic skid plate? Then weasel your arm up in there?


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Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: CT8] #4556273
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Originally Posted By: CT8
Why is the oil draining for 5 hours?


Haha, you must not have ever changed the oil in a 2002 v6 4Runner. Oh, the dread. Matter of fact, as of 1:49 pm today it has been perched on ramps drained with the old oil filter still attached for the last 21 hours.

I'm waiting for my Xanax refill before I start.


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Removing Oil Filter 2002 4Runner [Re: Merkava_4] #4556277
10/27/17 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Originally Posted By: Gebo
I agree but it's aligning the metal plate with the rear plastic plate and holding them in place...
Maybe I just don't know what I'm doing.


What you do is stick an alignment bar like a tapered drift punch or center punch through one hole in the metal plate and from that hole - through a hole in the plastic piece. While you got both holes lined up and holding both plates with one hand, pull the punch out real quick with the other hand and get a bolt started. Leave that bolt loose as you go to line up the next set of holes - and repeat.

Something like this. The pointed end.


I'm afraid that in my frustrations I might end up shoving it through my oil pan which would only lead to much bigger issues. Although it may not come to that as I remember how much oil spills all over everything as I remove the oil filter. My hands would be too slick to have any real grip on the punch you have pictured.


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

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