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OK, I know I'm a bit of a Spendthrift, But....

....somewhere there must be Scot blood in my line! I'm all too ready to drop a few bucks on automotive gadgets so I got one of those Motivx funnels that screw into the oil filler on the HL. Fits my daughter's RAV4, too. But I just discovered a way to save those few bucks.
The plastic bottles for my morning OJ (Kroger's 52 ounce homestlye with pulp) with a slightly finer thread on the neck also will, with a little persuasion, screw into the filler. I just cut the bottle to a length I want and have a very fine fixed funnel.

But, even though I haven't used the Motivx yet, I'll keep it around. Too much trouble to send it back.


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I'm not Scot to my knowledge, but never knew about the Motivx funnel until recently. Great investment. Bought the 3 tool kit (funnel, oil filter wrench and oil filter drain) and am happy. Wished I had the funnel years ago because refilling the oil in both my Camry and my wife's Corolla was a pain with a conventional funnel as the oil could not flow into the engine faster than out of the bottle resulting in frequent spillage from the "air gap" around the funnel I was using and the filler hole in the valve cover. Not sure why Toyota changed from a normal oil filter to just needing to change the element, it certainly is not any more friendly to the environment, as I have spilled more oil from changing the oil filter once each in my HL and my wife's RAV4 than I have in a while with a conventional "sealed" oil filter (for lack of a better term).


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I've been using funnels for over 30 years. The trick to not spilling anything is to not tip the bottle upside down LOL. As far as the new style filters vs the old style goes...I prefer the newer. I don't spill oil or get any on my hands. The old style wasn't bad if the were horizontal tho..
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Iíve got all the motivx goodies. They were a TN vendor for a while and sent them to me for testing. While I donít use it for filling our 2nd gen HL (because the fill opening allows oil to flow in at a decent pace), I most certainly use it on our 1st gen HL. Those you have to literally trickle the oil in. The motivx makes a nice seal keeping the oil going into the engine.

On the 2nd Gen, I used to use their screw on drain for the filter element change, but the little drain plug has seized up tight enough that trying to unscrew it just unscrews the whole element cover. So now I do like many others and just unscrew the whole thing and tip and drain the oil out into the catch pan. Definitely messy either way compared to the spin on canister on the 2nd Gen Tacoma. That one is right up top facing down with a drain where you just stick an old water bottle under it. Cleanest setup Iíve ever seen.


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I'm not sure if this actually works, as I have not tried it. But I once saw a video where a guy took an empty quart of oil, cut the bottom off, flipped it upside down and used it as a funnel. The male threads on the bottle fit the female threads on the opening in the engine where the oil cap goes. Again, I haven't actually tried this, but it may work for someone else. I just use a regular funnel.
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