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#21 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 10:50 PM
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Oil changes were a PITA on my mom's old 01' Highlander... There was no way of getting to the filter from underneath without taking out ~20 bolts. I had to reach down the hood and watch so the e-fan blades didn't cut me, and the rad hoses were always a bit warm, since I would run the engine for a few minutes before draining..

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buy a K and N filter. its a bit pricey but great quality AND theres a 1inch nut on the front for easy removal.....I spend the extra money just so I can pop a socket/extension on the thing and be done w it.

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It's simple, just makes a bigger mess than it should and some simple design changes would make it much neater. Than again it could be worse.


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I still really don't see the issue. I've changed to oil on many cars that were far more difficult. The design could be a hair better with a longer drain slide under the filter, but that's about it, and it's easily fixed with a bottle/paper plate/just about anything else. Really simple oil change in my opinion.



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Oil change hell is a 30mph wind gust just as the oil plug falls from the pan.

That was the last one I did myself. The others have been free at the dealer.

Next time I'm using the garage.
Never fails too lol, it can be calm all day and by the time the pan is under it the wind always starts to blow...I feel for ya
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Oil changes on this truck seems easy enough. Don't know what the gripe is all about.

The "reach around" is the trick.
Isn't it always though?

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change the oil on a 2009 honda civic si sedan it is a pita for sure, i know i change mine every 2500 miles. the frontier isnt bad at all, the tacoma is probably the easiest ive ever done due to the location of the filter.


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My friend hadn't changed the oil in his used g35 since he bought it two years ago! He called me and asked why his car was making these weird noises, and why his oil light came on every time he turned right.. It took a good hour to remove all the wind dams just to see the oil filter, then had to remove some more wind dams and part of the wheel well liner only to find that there was no way to fit a strap wrench in there. He had been body building so I let him give the filter a try but he couldn't get it undone, so I had to go in there and take care of business I think he was just afraid of skinning his knuckles when the filter broke free. Only 1 quart of sludge came out!

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What drives me crazy is how a crapload if oil dumps out all over the swaybar and skid plate as soon as you pull the filter away from the threads no matter how long you let it sit there to drain.

Although as bad as this is, the filter on my miata is WAY worse.

Yea, I have a Miata, too. They have to remove the shield when they change the oil.
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