A reader named Robert asked about DIY oil changes for the 2014+ Highlander. He was particularly interested in knowing the part # of the oil filter and whether or not he needs a special tool to remove it.
Before we go any further…
Yes, I’m aware that ToyotaCare covers recommended service for the first 25k miles. But that only provides oil changes at 10k and 20k miles, and many owners want their oil changed every 5k miles.
In my case, I had the oil changed at 5k miles using the “free” oil change that came with the TOYOGUARD ELITE package that Southeastern Toyota tacks onto just about every vehicle sold down here. And our next oil change will be free thanks to ToyotaCare.
But at 15K? I’ll be on my own for that one. And the same goes for any oil changes after the 20k mile mark. So this is an excellent question, and something that I’m sure others have wondered about.
Finding the right oil & filter
As for filters…
You can also find any number of aftermarket oil filters that will do the trick. Here are three examples, along with current pricing info:
- K&N Oil Filter ($5.99/each)
- Fram Tough Guard Oil Filter ($10.39/each)
- Mobil1 Cartridge Oil Filter ($17.70/each in a 2-pack)
If you have an oil/filter brand preference, please let us know.
What about tools?
As I noted above, I haven’t had a chance to change my Highlander’s oil. But, from what I’ve heard, generic wrenches don’t fit the filter housing very well. Thus, you’d be well advised to get something like this before starting.
You might also want to replace the drain plug with an oil drain valve. This makes future oil changes easier while reducing the risk of stripped threads. Fumoto has a good reputation in this area, and their F-103 and F-103N valves are both compatible. The EZ Oil Drain Valve is another option.
In case I lost you above, here’s a quick summary of what you’ll need…
- Toyota oil filter (individually or in a 5-pack)
- Aftermarket oil filters (like this, this, or this)
- 0W-20 synthetic motor oil (Toyota or otherwise)
- Oil filter wrench (this one or something similar)
- Oil drain valve (optional; here, here, or here)
As noted above, if you have a brand preference for oil or filters, or any other suggestions, please share them in the comments section, below.