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#1 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 06:19 PM
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New V6 Oil Change Instructions (w/Pictures)

I'm sure most DIYers know how to change oil by now, but I figure I would take some pictures for those who may be interested in doing so themselves.

Filter element part number: 04152-YZZA1 (purchased here)
Filter cap tool: Assenmacher TOY 640

Tools needed: 14mm socket for drain plug, 3/8" wrench "square" for filter cap plug, 15/16" socket for filter cap tool, 3/4" OD tube for drain pipe (if needed)

Since my maintenance light started to flash a few days ago, I figure I would finally change the oil after reading about it.

Filter element with o-rings and drain pipe.


3/4" OD clear tube bought from local hardware store.


Clear tube connected to drain pipe.


Filter cap tool, fits like a glove with no movement.


Probably don't need to have the vehicle on ramps or jack stands, but up on ramps here for the sake of picture taking.


Filter assembly.


Drain plug.


Use a 14mm socket to remove the drain plug, have the catch pan ready.


My drain plug had a metal gasket with it, didn't use the gasket that seller included.


Oil gushing out...and lots of it.






Use a 3/8" wrench to loosen the filter plug (add extension if needed).


Push drain pipe (with tube) into hole and excess filter oil will drain out.




Mount the filter cap tool on and use a 15/16" socket to loosen cap. I used a 1/2" wrench with the socket.


The dirty filter element.


Remove the original large o-ring and dirty filter element.


Inside of filter holder. Wipe it clean as well.


Clean the engine side of where the filter screws into.


New filter element with new large o-ring. Be sure to lubricate the o-ring. Use the cap tool with 15/16" socket & 1/2" wrench and torque to 19 ft-lb.


The original small o-ring will likely fall out when the filter plug was first removed as it did with me. Lubricate the new small o-ring and insert in groove. It's a snug fit, so shouldn't fall off. Install the filter plug and tighten to 9.5 ft-lb.


At this time, if not already done, reinstall the 14mm oil drain plug (w/gasket) and tighten to 30 ft-lb.

This is how much was drained out, looks to be 6 quarts.


I've only added 5.5 quarts at the moment since the oil level at the dipstick was about 1/2-way between the 2 points. But I'll check again and add if necessary after driving it.

It took me 1.5-hrs from start to finish, but only because I was taking pictures as well. I waited about 15 minutes for the oil to drain to a slow drip. I would say next time, it would take me only about 30 minutes to do.

One last thing, to reset the "Maintenance" light in the dash from flashing:
- turn ignition to "ON," no need to crank the starter
- push the trip button so "Trip A" is displayed
- turn ignition to "OFF"
- push and hold the trip button and turn ignition to "ON"
- there will be a few dashes that will count down from left to right until all ZEROES
- maintenance light is now reset

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Outstanding instructions. Thanks. Zeide
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Really well done, thank you. It will take the additional 1/2 quart by the way.
Curiosity....what was your choice of oil?

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Excellent job as usual, KTL! This tutorial has been needed for a long time on this forum. I think it will be just as useful for the 2.5L 4 cylinder owners. Another home run for you!

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It was my pleasure to document the steps and share them. Luckily, I have an understanding wife.

@RTexasF, I'm trying something called G-Oil, which is "bio-synthetic," whatever that means. There's currently a promotion to get 5-qt free after mailing in a rebate. Otherwise, I've used Castrol GTX and Mobil 1 in the past.
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Several members on Bobistheoilguy have purchased G-Oil. Many, including myself, are awaiting the first used oil analysis from there to see how it fares.

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It seems like there are two G-Oil results: here and there.
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Thank you, I don't know how I missed those. One is excellent and the other is just okay. This certainly shows how different driving conditions/habits/vehicles affect the oil condition & durability.

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KTL, best instructions ever! very well done. 2 things. 1. you can safely put in 6.4 quarts like the manual says. 2. I am able to hand tighten the oil filter holder until it's tight (metal on metal), and no I'm no body builder.

2010 RAV4 base V6 Silver - love it!

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Nice writeup, thanks.
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