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Old 02-13-2007, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2007 Avalon XLS-how to change the oil filter & oil

super 07Avalon newbe--need link, or instructions on how to change the oil and filter on our new 07 XLS Avalon. (like where is the filter located?)
I'm mechanically inclined--but this is our first Toyota-(and any tips, tricks--are welcome)-also what if any special tools are needed---AND, it appears from the book, that it holds 6.4 qts--with filter change!!
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What you need:

1. New filter... it should come with new 2 o-rings (1 big and 1 small) and a plastic "pipe" fitting to drain the oil filter
2. (optional) 15mm hose to connect to pipe fitting. I recommend clear tygon from home depot since it's resistant to oil. Don't really need this, but it helps direct the oil when the filter is draining.
3. Special service tool (SST) 09228-06501. It's the only way to get the filter off without destroying your knuckles... trust me, you want this. One time buy.
4. Oil... black gold... Texas tea. I'm a Mobil 1 fan myself.
5. Oil pan drain plug gasket (don't have the part number). You might want to buy a few of those if you are a do it yourself-er.
6. Metric socket set... I don't remember all the size but I think they're all between 12 and 14mm.

Everything is accessed near the front passenger tire. You might want to invest in a low profile oil catch pan... the clearance is low. It would probably be easier if you had ramps... I don't.

1. Crack open engine fill cap to let air in... but don't remove it. You want to make it easier for the oil to drain but not get dirt inside.
2. Drain oil from oil pan plug. Best access point is behind front passenger wheel... but you'll have to reach.
2. While that is draining, remove the drain bolt from the bottom of filter. This should be done on the front side of the front passenger wheel. No oil will come out now.
3. Install drain pipe with optional hose... oil will drain from filter. Give slight CCW twist when done to remove plug. You can discard plastic pipe, it will probably be bent. You get another once with new filter.
4. Use SST to remove oil filter cap. Good luck if you don't have this tool.
5. Clean out filter cap very good. I recommend engine cleaner and then blowing dry will compressed air if you have it. Rags if you prefer, just get it super clean.
6. Pre-oil both filter gaskets.
7. Reinstall small oring and filter drain bolt. I would do this while it's off because it's easier and less chance of pinching oring. Torque: 10 ft-lb (13 N-m) by repair manual
8. Install new filter into cap. Place oiled large oring on cap. Install and tighten cap. Torque: 18 ft-lb (25 N-m) by repair manual. Again, be careful not to pinch oring.
9. Reinstall oil pan drain plug with new gasket. Torque: 30 ft-lb (40 N-m)
10. Add oil throught oil cap. 6.4 quarts since you replaced filter. Neat trick: Mobil 1 oil cans act as funnels. Cut the bottom of the first oil can you use... the top will now screw into where the oil cap goes and work as funnel.
11. Run engine 5 minutes.
12. Let sit for 5 minute.
13. Check for leaks.
14. Check oil level. It takes 1.6 qts to go from low to full mark on dipstick.
You are done.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Had to look under my car to refresh memory...

Oil pan drain - 14mm socket
Oil filter drain - 3/8 socket drive (no socket, fits right in)
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Smile smuook, what a GREAT step by step!!

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Originally Posted by smuook
Had to look under my car to refresh memory...

Oil pan drain - 14mm socket
Oil filter drain - 3/8 socket drive (no socket, fits right in)
smuook, what a GREAT step by step!! You really went the extra mile, your help is greatly appreciated!! have a great day!! Rockyinkc
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There is an effective alternative to the pricey Toyota SST (special service tool). The Stride Tool Type B oil filter wrench (less than $4 at your friendly WalMart) works perfectly, and makes removal effortless. I've used it 6 times so far. It is made of thick plastic with a metal insert for a 3/8" square ratchet drive. In addition to the Avalon canister, it fits both 65mm & 67mm standard oil filters. See http://www.imperial-tools.com/tools/...enches_02.html Stride tool part number is IF-6567C
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Great info... thanks!
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Ignore all other advice...

Step 1: Drive to dealership.
Step 2: Pull in to service bay.
Step 3: Allow trained professional to do it so you don't fubar your warranty.
Step 4: It is likely you paid for scheduled maintenance anyway.
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Changing your own oil does not effect your warranty.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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^ + plus even though they are "trained" , they still put only 5 qts instead of 6.4 into your engine.
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Changing your own oil does not effect your warranty.
Exactly. Don't forget to keep copies of your dated receipts.
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Filter canister wrench update:
While visiting my local Wal-Mart today, I noticed the Stride Tool B oil filter wrenches are now labaled as Valvoline 65/67mm. The letter 'B' is stamped on the inside of the cup. The back side of the package is marked with the Stride Tool name.
Interestingly, the price has dropped to $2.96.
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If anyone is buying this tool... I like INOV's idea... however, my cover was on really tight and the composit tool from Walmart didn't do the trick. It simply stripped out on me... I went to another parts store who carried a metal tool and it worked like a charm. Initially I thought I was out of luck until Toyota opened back up... but no need. I would simply recommend being sure you pick up a metal tool rather than the composit.

All the best...
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inov8 put together a very nice pictorial. See URL below.

The Valvoline tool from Wal-Mart has served me well.



http://members.cox.net/n0v8or/avalon_oil_change.pdf
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