There are some of us who are more savvy with automobiles than others, whether that be changing your own oil or just knowing how to change out a flat tire, it’s important to either A.) Know how your car works or B.) Know someone you can call who can figure it out. In either case, we are here for you at Western Slope Toyota and all of our well-trained, highly qualified service technicians are ready to provide you with whatever you need from advice to service.
Often times, when you get your oil changed you will notice the technicians ask you if you want to have your filter changed as well. Some may think that this is just another easy way for service technicians to make some money, but that’s not the case at Western Slope Toyota. You actually should get your oil filter changed as frequently as you get your oil changed, and both of these you can even do yourself if you feel ambitious. Learning how to change the oil filter in a Toyota is the same as any other vehicle; you just have to know where the parts are in your vehicle, so really, it’s easy peasy if you’re considering doing it yourself.
Here are some easy steps for how to change the oil filter in a Toyota, or any other make and model:
Run your engine and drain the oil
Warm oil drains faster than cold oil, but you don’t want it to get up to full temperature because then it will be too hot. Just run your engine for a couple of minutes. Then drain your oil into a pan. After you’ve taken the plug off the oil reservoir and drained your old oil, replace the plug.
Take out the existing oil filter
Be careful though, because there may still be some hot oil in the filter. Consult your owner’s manual to find the filter if you are having difficulties. You can use a special oil filter wrench to remove the filter. Then clean the area where you filter was to make sure it is clean and ready for a new one.
Lubricate the new filter and screw into place by hand
Coating your new filter with fresh oil is an age-old tip that is easy to forget, but even easier to do. Make sure the new filter is properly seated and then you can screw the new filter in by hand.
Pour in new oil
The final step is to put new oil into the vehicle. Make sure to run it for a few minutes and check the area around the oil plug to make sure there are no leaks. Check the oil level with your dipstick, too, to make sure the reservoir is adequately filled.