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Question 2010 Rav 4 Oil Filter Change

I'm new to the forum and hope I am in the right place. I just changed the oil in my 2010 Rav 4. I purchased a Fram CH9972 filter that had two
O-rings, a drain plug, and the filter.

The instructions stated to remove the cover and install the drain plug to drain oil before removing casing that holds the filter cartridge. I used a 3/8" wrench to try and loosen the cover, but the entire casing came off. I oiled the large o-ring and put it in place before re-installing the filter casing.

While I had the casing off, I could not separate the cover from the casing. Nothing is leaking but I am wondering if anyone has had similar issues.

Thanks, KP.

P.S. Jiffy Lube did the first 4 changes.
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Yes. Several people have posted as having that same issue.

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Forget about the cover just remove the casing and change the filter. That's what I did after fooling with the cap the first time. And it's probably what Jiffy Lube does.

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I'm new to the forum and hope I am in the right place. I just changed the oil in my 2010 Rav 4. I purchased a Fram CH9972 filter that had two
O-rings, a drain plug, and the filter.

The instructions stated to remove the cover and install the drain plug to drain oil before removing casing that holds the filter cartridge. I used a 3/8" wrench to try and loosen the cover, but the entire casing came off. I oiled the large o-ring and put it in place before re-installing the filter casing.

While I had the casing off, I could not separate the cover from the casing. Nothing is leaking but I am wondering if anyone has had similar issues.

Thanks, KP.

P.S. Jiffy Lube did the first 4 changes.


This happened to me also. O-rings will last several years if not messed with. It's ok to not remove the drain plug when changing oil filters. I replace the drain plug small o-ring every 4th filter change just for the heck of it. I don't use the small plastic fitting because I end up spilling as much oil as not removing the plug.
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Either way will work fine, but I just hold the filter housing with a small oil filter wrench, and remove the plug in the middle. This allows me to drain any residual oil in the housing with the plastic "thing" that comes with the new filter. Also, even here in Alaska the filter costs less than $4.00, so I usually buy three or four of them at one time.
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