2002 Solara SLE V6
All good advice^^^ Thanks for all that info haha
So it's ok to use a bigger oil filter? would that require more oil or just the usual amount? Should I also replace the crush washer and bolt when I do the oil change? I was taught to change them when I learned haha
Also, how can I tell if my struts are bad? How much do they usually cost to get replaced and what struts do you recommend?
Again, Thanks for all the help!
I would swap the spark plug wireset with NGK TE58 (for 4cyl) when doing the tune up, they cost like $30 free shipping from amazon. Those wires IMHO are as good as OEM Denso/Toyota.
When using oversized oil filter (e.g. Motorcraft FL400S or Pureone PL14477) just use additional 0.2qts more of oil on top of 3.8qts that it needs. in other words dump full 4qts into engine and it will be perfect
You could also get a full synthetic Mobil1 5W-30 with M1 EP filter, now on promo in Autozone at $29.99 (5qts+filter).
The crush washer can be reused one or two times if it's metal, the plastic one should be changed every time. I usually buy like a dozen of those OEM metal washers from online dealer when getting other parts (or get washers locally over the counter, I like bothering my local dealer with a single bolt/washer special orders haha).
Struts are a different beast, but you should be fine with Gabriel Ultra Struts from autozone (LLT warranty), but you should get all other rubber parts and mounts OEM from dealer online (up to 30% off MSRP cheaper and best quality IMO).