So tomorrow will be the dreaded oil change day. I usually love changing oil, but not on my 2007 Tundra with the 5.7, never did. 8.5K on the oil, Mobil1 0w20, and a Napa Gold Filter. At least I will be good until about July-August.
If I can crawl under my Fiat in the driveway with nothing but a 2x6 under one wheel (didn't have a second) I'm sure a Tundra is a cakewalk. You'll be fine! Just think of the beer waiting for you in the refrigerator.
YouTube video says you should be able to do it in under 4 minutes. Oh wait, that's just the length of the yt video, sorry. (J/K) Do follow Homer's advice at the end of the video. So you have something to look forward to when you're done, have a couple cool ones chilled and ready to go.
I love how the skid plate requires 2 sizes of wrench, 10mm and 12mm. I wonder if the thread size of the skip plate bolts differs as well. Not just a MACRO INTELLIGENT idea to have 2 sizes of anything for such a simple job but to do so where it's likely the dimmest "mechanics" will be put on the job.
I looked at a vehicle in Lodi, NJ which matches the OP's description (engine and mile wise).
Yo, 93cruiser, did you buy that truck on Outwater Lane?
I don't think so. In my time, I've noticed Toyota and Ford being the worst offenders when it comes to engineering things so they are difficult to do yourself.
It's not a military secret that manufacturers would rather you ended up with their dealers than somewhere else. Why? Their dealers sell their parts. Other places don't.
The oil in our GS350 is kind of a pain to do itself. Why they mounted the oil filter down low, horizontal, in front of the engine? I have no idea. But at least they made a trap door in the undershield so I can get in there without having to take the whole thing down to reach the dumb thing.
Because of the difficult filter placement on these vehicles I wonder how many quick lubes and dealerships fail to install a new filter.
You just struck on the very reason I stopped going to the quick lube type stores over twenty years ago. I got home from the 11 minute oil change store and I checked the level of the oil. I could see the filter below. Its was a bright sunny day no rain or puddles. The filter was obviously dirty and it didn't get that way driving two miles home.
I have owned the truck since new guys, just saying it sucks to do the oil on it. Stupid skid plate, terrible filter location/design. Takes too long compared to any other Toyota truck/4runner/land cruiser I have ever owned.