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Steve O

Morrisville, VT

#1 Mar 24, 2007
Where is the oil filter located. I drained the oil but then couldn't find the oil filter. Help?
2008 Highlander

Glen Burnie, MD

#2 Oct 29, 2007
You ever find out where it is?
Steve

Monument, CO

#3 Nov 26, 2007
I have a 2008 and cannot find the oil filter either. There is absolutely no documentation on the oil filter in the owners or maintenance manuals. Not even the part number. Can somebody tell me where it is?
Ron

United States

#4 Nov 28, 2007
The filter access door is located under vehicle to the right near the front. By removing two 10-mm hex nuts, you will see a cap that is removed using a ratchet extension. Then, you will need a 65-mm filter wrench. 2008 Highlanders equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 use a filter element (it's a cylinder of filter paper)as opposed to the traditional can-style filter. The Wix part number is 57047 and the Fram equivalent is CH9972. A cynic might say this arrangement is made to compel folks imnto the dealer, but I see it as a worthy challenge to save 30 or bucks on each oil change. Good luck.
Don Dayton Ohio

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Apr 25, 2008
Does anyone know where the oil filter is on a 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?
Sandy Reinauer

Onalaska, WA

#6 Jun 10, 2008
you will find the oil filter above the black plastic plate (about 24 inches forward of the oil drain plug). It has two 10mm bolts holding it in place. NOTE: Toyota Highlander now uses a replaceabe filter. You keep the old filter body & just replace the filter & 'O' rings (2). You will need a special tool to unscrew & rescrew the filer back in (check at NAPA or Advance Auto Zone).
Ron

United States

#7 Jun 21, 2008
I've changed the oil on my wife's 2008 Highlander three times now and I can tell you that the cap-style filter wrench (65-mm size) will not work to unscrew the permanent filter housing. You will need a pair of Channel Lock pliers that is able to spread to at least 4 inches across (about 25 dollar). Yes, this is a good deal of money, but they will get the filter housing off. This car's oil filter system is needlessly complicated and messy, but once you figure it out, you will save 20 dollars per each oil change by doing it yourself. Just be sure to have an ample supply of paper towels.
GRANT YO

Powellville, MD

#8 Aug 15, 2008
i changed the oil on this piece. and it is exactly that. a big ol' pile of a piece!
Todd

Madison, WI

#9 Oct 20, 2008
The NAPA Gold filter comes with really good instructions on changing the element and o-rings. It still looks like a real pain though. I like the channel lock pliers idea. I was pondering what to use.
Ron

United States

#10 Oct 24, 2008
I have changed my wife's 2008 Highlander's oil four times now, and each time I can't imagine how else you would get the metal filter housing off with anything but a giant pair of Channel Lock pliers, as I mentioned up above. The first time I changed it, I thought it was just overtightened at the factory and would get easier with subsequent changes, but each time it's the same level of grunt work to get it off.

The other really important part of this operation is access. Either use ramps or park the Highlander so the right side is higher than the left.

Still and all, it's worth the savings, but I recommend sythetic oil so you can stretch the oil-change interval out as long as feasible.

Best of luck.
Todd

Madison, WI

#11 Oct 26, 2008
I found what I think is the best solutions to remove the filter assembly - the filter cap wrench to remove it. I found it on toolsource.com for $25 shipping included. It really made it easy to get off. I tried the channel lock pliers without much success partly because of the lack of space not using my ramps.

I would also note I used a ice cream bucket to drain the assembly first with the snap in drain tube with the new NAPA Gold filter and then removed the assembly with only one drop of oil on the garage floor - seriously. I had a lot of reservations about this assembly at first, but found it easier to deal with than I thought.
Ron

United States

#12 Nov 1, 2008
My hat's off to you, Todd. I tried several varieties of cap-style filter wrench and they all kept spinning out on the base of the filter housing. That's when I was forced to resort to the brute-force approach of giant Channel Locks.
Do you happen to know a model number of the filter wrench you bought that did work?
Auto

Bellingham, WA

#13 Nov 11, 2008
The number for the 65-mm size oil filter wrench is:
KD 3253
It is also available at some auto parts stores. Make sure that you get a metal one that is only for 65-mm not 67/65 mm.
michael

Elwood, NJ

#14 Nov 28, 2008
Ron wrote:
The filter access door is located under vehicle to the right near the front. By removing two 10-mm hex nuts, you will see a cap that is removed using a ratchet extension. Then, you will need a 65-mm filter wrench. 2008 Highlanders equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 use a filter element (it's a cylinder of filter paper)as opposed to the traditional can-style filter. The Wix part number is 57047 and the Fram equivalent is CH9972. A cynic might say this arrangement is made to compel folks imnto the dealer, but I see it as a worthy challenge to save 30 or bucks on each oil change. Good luck.
We just bought a 2007 V6 Highlander. I read your instruction several times and thought I had found the access to the oil filter, but alas, after removing the black panel that is sort of under the front part of the right fender with the 10 mm socket, I still cannot locate the filter.
michael

Elwood, NJ

#15 Nov 28, 2008
We just bought a 2007 V6 Highlander. I read your instructions several times and thought I had found the access to the oil filter, but alas, after removing the black panel that is sort of under the front part of the right fender with the 10 mm socket, I still cannot locate the filter. Do you have a picture?
Ron

United States

#16 Dec 15, 2008
Hi, Michael,

I cannot speak for the 2007 Highlander, the model I discuss is the 2008, which was the first Highlander model year for the replaceable filter element (3.5-liter V6). I think your model may have the 3.3-liter V6.

In searching Wiki Answers, the discussion thread for 2007 versus 2008 Highlanders implies that the 2007's oil filter can be located from up above rather than from below like the 2008. While this is second-hand information, the discussion goes onto state that if you look down into the engine with the hood raised and follow the line directly below the hood latch, that the oil filter is located in the front part of the engine but is out of sight and may require that you feel for it.

If nothing else, go to a NAPA and ask them--many of the counter staff know this stuff off the cuff since Highlanders are going on 6 model years by this point. Good luck--sorry I don't have first-hand exposure to a 2007.
Ron

United States

#17 Dec 15, 2008
Michael,

More info. pursuant to my previous posting. If your Highlander has the 3.3-liter V6, the NAPA part is 21348--a standard can-style filter. So this lends creedence to the previous Wiki Answers discussion about it being in the front of the engine, down below slightly out of sight. Again, good luck. If it is the case you have a can-style filter as referecned on the NAPA website, I envy you.
Mike

Englewood, CO

#18 May 4, 2009
I just changed my 2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5 liter engine oil and it is very easy. Some hints that worked: ramps help so you can see everything the first time. I may try the next time to do them without the ramps because the working area is very close to the front. The oil drain is about 12 inches toward the rear of the trap door, it is 14 mm. After draining, open the trap door with 10 mm wrench. There is a screw at the bottom of the filter housing, use an extension to open this with a socket. My filter, from Napa, had all of the gaskets, a drain device that you pop into the whole to drain the filter housing, and good directions. All you need is small amount of garden hose to attach to the drain device. Finally, I purchased a 64 mm filer housing wrench cap, that goes onto a socket, that quickly and easily removed the filter housing. I got it from Toyota for 12 bucks, much less than other places. This looked like it would work much better than a Channel Lock. Toyotas filter also cost 6 dollars. I hope that helps, it was much easier than I have been reading.
Jack

Haymarket, VA

#20 Oct 27, 2009
The parts guy at my Toyota dealership told me my 2009 Highlander needed a 64mm filter wrench and using a 65mm could mess things up. He sold me the same one the techs use at the dealership for about $21 (got a $3 discount). It heavy duty and requires a 24mm or 15/16" socket to turn it vs. the standard 3/8" drive. Although it's a bit much for a filter wrench, he told me most toyotas and Lexus in the future will use this size wrench. I figure it's an investment in a quality tool that I'll use for the next 20 years(I hope). Hopes this helps.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#21 Dec 2, 2009
This thread reminded me of my son's Grand Am, maybe around a 91 or so. 4 cyl. He said the filter was INSIDE the oil pan. You had to remove some kind of access plate from the pan, then reach up with the ole channelocks and yank the filter element down. Followed, of course, by a torrent of hot, dirty oil. God, did he curse that car!
Why can't manufacturers keep it simple?

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