Normally, I wouldn’t bother about blogging something as simple as an oil change but my last oil change was at Jiffy Lube. They so diced it up, that my car has been leaking oil ever since. So here it goes.
1. Drain the old oil out. This is easy to get to and, for my 4runner, there is high enough ground clearance that I don’t even need to jack it up.
At the last oil change, the morons used a plastic washer instead of a metal one. Then they over torqued it and squashed it so that it couldn’t perform its basic function.
Install the proper new washer and put the plug back in. There is a torque specification for this but it just needs to be “snug”.
2. Then remove the filter. You can get to it through the wheel well or even from above the engine compartment. Those ways tend to drip excess oil into your skid plate. So I remove the front skid plate. 4 bolts. In my case, only 3, because stupid Jiffy Lube is supplying black market skid plate bolts to Pakistan, or something, but I only have three. They are not all the same size. I can’t for the life of me understand why not, but the Toyota engineers decided that the front pair should be a slightly larger diameter than the rear pair.
With the skid plate gone, the filter is right in front of you. Normally, you need a filter wrench, but the silly guy at Jiffy Lube can’t read so he didn’t tighten it according to the instructions on the filter box and I could remove it by hand.
Put the new one on. Put a dab of clean oil on the filter seal. Then tighten it 3/4 of a turn after the seal makes contact.
Then put the skid plate back on.
Add 5 quarts of oil.
If you did it right, your cleanup should be minimal.
Final step. Reset the maintenance light by pushing the dashboard reset button (by the odometer) and hold it as you turn the key to the “on” position. wait for the lights to go out.