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Oil changes suck!

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by bfd300, May 15, 2019.

  1. May 15, 2019 at 6:06 PM
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    bfd300

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    Did my 3rd oil change today 15k mile. It so sucks dropping and installing the skid plate. Plus that crazy oil filter housing. My 11 Tacoma, 9 minutes. Filter right on top, no skid to drop. Loved it. This thing ....ugh!! So I today I decided to make a trap door in the skid plate. Thank you Mr Plasma Cutter.. lol. And I also changed to the Aluminum filter housing. Hopefully next oil chang will go faster.
     
  2. May 15, 2019 at 6:09 PM
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    Get a TRD Pro skid plate or the RCI skid with the filter door and a Fumoto oil pan drain valve. Makes oil changes easy and mess free! I had to do the same on my 2014 4runner, same pain-in-the-ass design. My 2008 4runner is the same as your Tacoma, nice and easy, right from the factory.
     
  3. May 15, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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    bfd300

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    I cut a door in the plate ,hopefully that helps
     
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  4. May 15, 2019 at 6:12 PM
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    Similar to this.

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  5. May 15, 2019 at 6:22 PM
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    Mr Badwrench

    Mr Badwrench I don't do stuff real good sometimes.

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    I agree, OP. Changing the oil on these is pretty terrible. Skid plate is not overwhelmingly heavy or cumbersome, but unless your truck is lifted, it is tough to get under there. The oil filter is goofy... it is just goofy. Would a canister type filter be too much to ask for? And what is with the check-ball drain valve on the oil filter cap??? That is really the best they could come up with?

    AND... the drain plug is about 1/4" off the very bottom of the oil pan, so, the most contaminated oil with the heaviest particulates will remain in the pan regardless of how long you let it drain.

    TO TOP THINGS OFF... those three screws that go into the lower valence. How long do they expect the the plastic poppets on the valence to last? 3 oil changes if you don't go over 1/4 ft*lb of torque.

    ALSO, you have 2 gallons of oil pointed directly at your front passenger brake rotor when you get the drain plug off.

    FURTHERMORE... How is my fat American ass supposed to squeeze under this truck to get to the back bolts on the skid plate?

    Couldn't agree more OP.

    *indignant mic drop*
     
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  6. May 15, 2019 at 6:28 PM
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    Buy the RCI skid plate and the motivx oil filter wrench.

    Use all the time you'll save to do nothing. And enjoy it.
     
  7. May 15, 2019 at 6:29 PM
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    Reading that I so had to laugh lol, Sir I am going to have a beer in you honor lol
     
  8. May 15, 2019 at 6:31 PM
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    Mr Badwrench

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    :cheers: yeah buddy!
     
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  9. May 15, 2019 at 6:50 PM
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    Berettafan

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    my solution:

    TRD skid plate
    1/2" coachbuilder spacers
    275/70 tires

    I can now easily fit under the truck and use a clear plastic bin to drain the oil.

    I had a BMW with the canister oil filter but the canister was topside near the radiator. much easier to deal with.
     
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  10. May 15, 2019 at 7:04 PM
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    Two Rhino brand plastic ramps. I think they're 12,000 pound rated. $32 for a pair at Wally World. Mega easy access to the bolts, etc. Mega.
     
  11. May 15, 2019 at 7:12 PM
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    Inquiringone

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    Harbor Freight floor jack 3 ton W/ coupon $ 99.99 will fix the clearance problem, majic creeper $46.99 so you can get that belly going. RCI skid plate and fotomo valve $49.00 for the filter and theres another valve that has a safety on it, I think the the engine pan bolt It's from jowlett performance. But I'm still waiting for Jowlett to have them made. May not help this moment but in the future. Nuts / bolts for thought
     
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  12. May 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM
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    I’m only 160lbs lol no prob fitting under... my gripe to having to remove skid and that crazy filter housing. If I ever find an oil filter relocation kit with a spin on I am so buying it. This thing is just plain insane.
     
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  13. May 15, 2019 at 7:21 PM
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  14. May 15, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    These guys have a kit: https://www.**************/home.html

    I've thought about it but haven't bought it yet. Honestly, I have it down where I can do it without any mess so I'll just stick with that for now.
     
  15. May 15, 2019 at 7:27 PM
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    Don't know why the link copied like that, just search for Baxter Performance.
     
  16. May 15, 2019 at 7:28 PM
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    +1 on the rci skid plate and motivx wrench. Cuts changing time damn near in half
     
  17. May 15, 2019 at 9:09 PM
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    Lol same here. I fit under to install the wire for tailgate release.

    I also use rhino ramps if needed. I used them on my 1500 Silverado to do oil changes before it had lower clearance.
     
  18. May 15, 2019 at 9:33 PM
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    The rhino ramp are way too tall. Just drive up on a stretch of 2x4. I’m 200lbs and can easily fit under
     
  19. May 16, 2019 at 12:49 AM
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    I was just bitching to my wife about changing the oil on the tundra the other day... she made fun of me. This thread vindicated my pain!! So thank you. Thank you all.
     
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  20. May 16, 2019 at 5:11 AM
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    You don't have my same problem.

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    Hmm, lots of threads on this. Toyota/Lexus have been the easiest oil change for me, with the right tools to help.

    Removing the skid plate is an extra step but if you raise your truck up on jack stands it's pretty easy after you've done it once.
     
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  22. May 16, 2019 at 6:19 AM
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    :drool:
     
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    Been thinking of removing the skid plate on my truck to speed up oil changes. Truck is only used on the highway.
     
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    Word. It’s so thin I’ve been wondering the same thing
     
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  25. May 16, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    I just cut a hole my skid plate. No door or anything. Just a fat hole. Works wonders.
     
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    Just order one from RCI and problem solved
     
  27. May 16, 2019 at 6:45 AM
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    My RCI steel skid plate and Fumoto valve are due to arrive by FEDEX this coming Tuesday. I’m using my last free oil change at the dealer that Friday and telling them to leave the stock skid plate off the truck and installing the RXI over the weekend. Looking forward to using legit synthetic oil at my own interval and knowing it’s done right (with a hell of a lot better protection for the power train)!
     
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  28. May 16, 2019 at 6:53 AM
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    The skid plate (ARamirez73 you too??) on my 1997 T100, 4WD, is actually plastic. Light as all get out. And it face bolts with 4 simple bolts. I'd love to get back to that kind of simplicity.

    Full disclosure. I just deal with the partial (my word) hassle of the Tundra steel skid plate. As I've said before I want to have a GOOD look around when I'm down there. Just to keep an eye on things. This is one of the HUGE BENEFITS of doing your own oil change. Another part of the "peace of mind" that comes from self performing.
     
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    True but if you aren’t dragging offroad an RCI is extreme overkill
     
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  30. May 16, 2019 at 7:10 AM
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    If oil changes suck, a guy could just not change oil. I seemed to get away with like 30k oil changes in my old beater Camry haha.
     
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