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Old 12-13-2011, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2012 oil and filter question

Has anyone found a way to change oil and filter without removing the skid plate on the 2012 4x4 FJ? I was able to do it on our 1996 v6 4x4 Tacoma and am currently doing it on our 2004 v8 4x4 Tundra. Taking the skid plate off makes the job a lot harder. Has anyone tried cutting an access hole in the plate? Would that and a drain valve work? How do you handle this job?
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Has anyone found a way to change oil and filter without removing the skid plate on the 2012 4x4 FJ? I was able to do it on our 1996 v6 4x4 Tacoma and am currently doing it on our 2004 v8 4x4 Tundra. Taking the skid plate off makes the job a lot harder. Has anyone tried cutting an access hole in the plate? Would that and a drain valve work? How do you handle this job?
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There's no way to change the filter without dropping the front skid on 2010+ FJ's. It's not really a big deal - just 4 bolts and it's off.

The drain plug already has a small access panel so you don't have to drop the entire skid to drain (another 2 bolts).

All in all, the skids add maybe an extra 5 minutes to each oil change. You will spend much more time trying to find an acceptable solution to this "problem" than you would ever save over the life of your FJ. Just my .02
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2012 oil and filter question

^^ What he said...
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There's no way to change the filter without dropping the front skid on 2010+ FJ's. It's not really a big deal - just 4 bolts and it's off.

The drain plug already has a small access panel so you don't have to drop the entire skid to drain (another 2 bolts).

All in all, the skids add maybe an extra 5 minutes to each oil change. You will spend much more time trying to find an acceptable solution to this "problem" than you would ever save over the life of your FJ. Just my .02
That's great until the first time you put a little bend in the skid and it fights you every inch of the way to get it back on.
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That's great until the first time you put a little bend in the skid and it fights you every inch of the way to get it back on.
I stay on the pavement so can I assume that I won't bend it? Can the front skid be removed without raising the FJ. Can the oil and filter be changed without raising the FJ? Local dealers don't have one to look at. Oil, filter, tire rotation,and drive shaft lub are about all the maintenance the FJ would seem to need? Would like to keep it DIY and avoid the dealer.
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I stay on the pavement so can I assume that I won't bend it? Can the front skid be removed without raising the FJ. Can the oil and filter be changed without raising the FJ? Local dealers don't have one to look at. Oil, filter, tire rotation,and drive shaft lub are about all the maintenance the FJ would seem to need? Would like to keep it DIY and avoid the dealer.
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You likely won't bend it then. You can get the skid plate off on a stock vehicle without raising it but it is a little tight.
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I stay on the pavement so can I assume that I won't bend it? Can the front skid be removed without raising the FJ. Can the oil and filter be changed without raising the FJ? Local dealers don't have one to look at. Oil, filter, tire rotation,and drive shaft lub are about all the maintenance the FJ would seem to need? Would like to keep it DIY and avoid the dealer.
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If you stay on pavement, why do you need a skid plate...or an FJ?
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If you stay on pavement, why do you need a skid plate...or an FJ?
My wife likes them and they have a vin. number that starts with "J".
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////There's no way to change the filter without dropping the front skid on 2010+ FJ's. It's not really a big deal - just 4 bolts and it's off. ////

Glad I found this, I was looking yesterday on my red TTSE for the same thing and discovered the new location seems much harder than the previous high up location. Wonder why the change?
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Re: 2012 oil and filter question

Thank God I have an 07! My stock skid plate took two pry bars, a hammer, and an hour to get back on. Yesterday I had to drill out two bolts that I broke taking off my All Pro skid plate to change my front dif oil. That's dented up pretty good so it took a little to get it lined up again. They way I wheel, changing the oil would really be a pain in the ass so I don't know what Toyota was thinking putting it down there.
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