I have scanned and placed the instructions in my album, look at removal line 3, it says to remove cap with special tool marked item #3 in figure #4, it looks like a standard oil filter "cap" type socket wrench tool, is that what this special tool, is?
A strap wrench would be hard to use, room for the handle to swing would be the problem, I tried a band type filter wrench, the only position I could get swing room was up above the plastic shield, the oil pan is in the way on the other side. The cap type wrench worked pretty good cuz you can use a ratchet on it.
Filter canister takes a 65-67mm, 3/8 drive cap type of filter wrench, as described in PDF previously posted on changing oil in the Avalon (same engine as RAV4.3 V6) Just did mine this weekend and it fit like a glove!
I haven't gotten under my Rav4 V6 yet, but if I buy a torque wrench to do this job, should I be concerned about the length of the handle? Is there much room around the filter housing...or with a 3/8" socket extension on the wrench, does it become a non-issue?
You need an extension even without using a torque wrench, I think the reason the instructions say to torque these parts down is the fact that the flter housing has no give when it hits the stopping point, or in other words when you screw it in all the way it just plain stops dead metal to metal, and everything is aluminum down there so how do you know if it is too tight.
I am a factory certified Segway service tech and my toolkit for them includes 3 good torque wrenches so I am able to torque mine down.
Just an FYI - Husband just did the first oil/filter change on my V6 Rav4 and the 65-67mm, 3/8 drive cap type of filter wrench for the Filter canister worked much better if you cut off the lower portion [the 67mm] of it. He had a terrible time of it slipping around because it was too deep and it wouldn't allow the canister to reach the 65 mm portion. He just sawed the bottom portion off of it.
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