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Question Oil Change 2012 Base I4

Hello all,
Does anyone know for sure how to take the oil filter cover off the engine of the inline 4 cylinder on the 2012 model?

I was told at the dealer I needed a special tool; however it looks as thought a standard socket wrench would fit right on the do the trick...

Thank you for your help!
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I believe you need this thing. I have a v6. I'm assuming i4 uses the same filter housing. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0015P...=SS115&simLd=1
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Using the 3/8 inch extension in the slot you are looking at only removes the plug that allows you to drain the oil from the filter housing before removing.......

The first oil change I did I used an old school wrench type oil filter tool (meant for spin on's)to remove the housing to get the filter out (that plug you are looking at wasn't quite tight enough to get the whole thing loose for me on the rav, but it happened to be on the first change of my wife's highlander), but since then I bought the tool AVS mentioned from amazon and use that. What's nice is it fits the wife's 09 highlander, my 10 rav, the mother-in-law's 13 sienna,,,,,, so it was worth it versus trying to use some other tool and risk breaking the housing.
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That's an expensive option. I got a cap type wrench like that from the Toyota dealer for $5.99. Works fine.

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Just did this yesterday. You need the tool you can get at any auto parts store or dealer. It's on real tight so it will take some effort to get off and on (don't put it back on too tight though). You also have to change a few gaskets as well.
To fill the I4 it took about 4.4 quarts (couldn't find that anywhere)
It adds a level of complexity that I'm not sure is necessary.
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Check youtube for video's on how to take it off ( search toyota oil filter)
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not sure if these work on RAV application, as I personally use the TOY640 posted above (and highly recommend it) but this may be a cheaper option Tundra custom made Oil Filter tool

The generic fluted filter wrenches will eventually either strip your plastic filter housing or break themselves. I went through 2 of them before caving and buying the real deal. Autozone can also order a clone that costs a bit less, IIRC.

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