Well, it's technically not the "first" oil change on this vehicle, but it's the first I've done since we bought it.
I'm a bit OCD when it comes to some things, so the first things I'll do after purchasing a vehicle is a fluid change in both the crankcase and the transmission.
We had the transmission done a couple of weeks a go and they also check differential fluids
, coolant, etc.
Used the instruction found here: https://www.rav4world.com/forums/99-4...-pictures.html
Things went as outlined in the above post. When I went to remove the drain plug from the filter housing, the entire housing spun, so I thought I would just as well remove it that way and deal with the drain plug on-the-bench. The resulting mess was no worse than removing your average cartridge filter....lots of rags to sop up the old oil!
The filter I used was a Mobil M1-C251A...it looks slightly different than the NAPA one I removed.
But apparently there is more than one type of design for this particular application....and on that topic...is there any reason WHY they are designed differently?
Is one design better than the other? I always thought that the Mobil filters are a higher quality than FRAM or Autolite...
K&N has lost some of its market appeal over the years too, it seems...
Everything went back together easily enough...added 6 oz of Archoil friction modifier as well.
The BIG mess happened when I went to pour the used oil back into the jug...and a big gust of wind came up at the exact moment in time, where the oil started to flow over the edge and into the funnel....everything blew over and I spilled about 2 quarts all over the driveway...Yay!
Seriously, the cleanup of the spill was the most labour-intensive part of the whole ordeal. I mentioned to my wife that changing the oil in this is "almost" as easy as doing the same to my OBS Ford....
Oh...and the gasket on the drain plug was fine and used again. Maybe next time I'm in town, I'll swing by the Toyota shop and grab a handful....