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2012 3.5L V6 Rav4 -- pre-load oil filter when changing

I'm just about to attempt the first oil change on my 3.5 V6 Rav4.

I've read through the how-to guide on the forums here (cheers to the bloke who did it makes a difficult job seem do-able).

normally when I do a filter change with a spin-on filter I've always been taught to 1/3 to 1/2 fill the filter w/ fresh oil to help with oil pressurisation on the first start after the change.

Now, I just wanted to double check that this is still the go with this new(er) type of filter. Is it still possible to "pre-load" the filter cartridge with oil?

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Yes, definitely. And I fill vertically mounted filters full not just 1/3 or 1/2.

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You may want to reinstall the canister drain bolt first before pre-filling the canister. Sometimes oil will seep out of the canister one way valve if the drain bolt is not installed. You can reinstall the drain bolt with the canister in your hand. Only 10 ft-lbs of torque is required. Make sure and use the new canister drain bolt O-ring supplied with the new filter. If you don't pre-drain the old oil out of the canister before removal, then this is a moot point.
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Although there's no necessity to do so, I was taught to pre-fill filters where possible, so I always have. If you don't do it, no harm done as there is still oil on all the moving parts. After all, you did warm the motor up to normal operating temp before changing, right?????

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Ha! New(er) type filter!

. . .is just like the one on my first car, a 1968 Mercedes Benz 220 Diesel!

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