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Old 03-22-2010, 09:51 AM
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I have tried the plier type when my filter wouldn't come off and it crushed the filter...ended up making as much of a mess as the screwdriver trick!!!

As for the mess, I usually drape several shop cloths or old t-shirts over everything underneath the filter and it really does help keep the oil off the axle and hoses.

I do not use a wrench when putting the filter back on. I can turn it by hand as far as the manual says to turn it (almost) and have never had a leak tightening by hand. This way, it usually comes off fairly easy as well.

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Old 03-22-2010, 10:09 AM
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I really like this kind of oil filter wrench, but I've never used one of those claw style.
I've never had it fail to get one loose, I've crushed a few beyond recognition though. (But it came off)

One I have is leather strap.

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Old 03-22-2010, 10:52 AM
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hand tighten and then you can take it off with your hand.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:29 PM
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Cool, thanks guys...

Figured it would make some mess but I've found those doggy potty training pads make GREAT oil soaker uppers

Checker had all the different types of wrenches including the strap version but the guy talked me into the pliers saying they worked the best

I'll give it a go this weekend and see what happens. And yes Tim, the filter on the 80 is the smaller Toyota filter that CDan sells...Problem is none of the cap type filter dealyos really fit them well and will just slip if you get the filter on too tight.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:55 PM
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I have 3 different kinds of wrenches. Now and then a hammer a screw driver through it and use that as leverage to get it to start turning when the wrenches can't quite get it done. Make sure the oil is drained and the pan is below.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:37 PM
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Nakman - yes, you can go through the fenderwell on a 3rd gen 4Runner (at least) to access the filter. I use and end-cap style filter wrench, but those tend to stick to the filter rather firmly. Just peel the flaps back. Wobble-type 3/8s socket extensions can be helpful here.
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