Changing the Oil Filter -- 2011 Corolla 1.8 L

Discussion in 'Toyota Corolla Maintenance' started by EWyatt, May 27, 2011.

  1. EWyatt

    EWyatt New Member

    This may be an old subject, but new to me! I've read all the supposed horror stories about changing the filter element in the cannister-type oil filter assembly. Is it really that tough?? Do I simply need to buy a removal device to unscrew the filter cap, then simply remove and replace the element? Or are there some other devices I need, some other procedures to take. I haven't found any good web sites that deal with oil filter changes. Anyone, please comment. Thanks.
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  3. kyled

    kyled New Member

    It's the same as the 2010 Camry, so changing it will be the same. There are even videos on Youtube showing you the process, step by step, so go ahead and search there. Good luck!
  4. Scott O'Kashan

    Scott O'Kashan Super Moderator

    Hello EWyatt. :)

    The cartridge type oil filter isn't tough to change at all. I searched YouTube for you and below is the best video I could find on this topic. The 0W-20 synthetic oil is what Toyota recommends for your car. Whenever you change oil, be sure to wear rubber gloves as used oil is toxic and can cause cancer. I hope this helps answer your question. :)
  5. trlhiker

    trlhiker New Member

    If you bought this new, maintainance is free so why change it yourself?
  6. Scott O'Kashan

    Scott O'Kashan Super Moderator

    It could be they want the superior performance of a good synthetic oil. :)
  7. corolla_mike

    corolla_mike New Member

    Seriously, for the sake of your warranty, go ahead and have your oil changed at a reputable dealer/pro oil-change shop.
  8. Scott O'Kashan

    Scott O'Kashan Super Moderator

    If the vehicles owner changes the oil, per federal law it doesn't affect the warranty of the vehicle one way or the other.
  9. kyled

    kyled New Member

    I used YouTube as well to change my 2012 Corolla's oil filter. Very easy, glad I did it myself. Took me about 20 minutes all together. Hardest part is screwing and unscrewing!
  10. Scott O'Kashan

    Scott O'Kashan Super Moderator

    It's a good idea to allow the old oil to drain out for at least an hour to get as much of the old oil, dirt, wear metals, water, fuel, etc., out of the engine as possible. This will help extend engine life. When I change oil in my own or customers vehicles, I let the oil drain out until it stops dripping. To aid in getting as much of the old oil out as possible, remove the oil fill cap and oil dipstick so air pressures can be equalized and the oil drains out faster.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  11. silvercorolla

    silvercorolla New Member

    I am about to do an oil change on my 2011 Corolla with the 1.8L engine. Do I jack up the car from the frame behind the front tire, then put a jack stand under the frame? This is how I have always done it with my cars and this being a newer car, I just want to make sure I don't damage anything. Any help would be appreciated.
  12. fishycomics

    fishycomics New Member

    YEp, by far the best, and even went the extra mile to do a 2013 as well

    There is for certain individuals like me ,enough room to get under without a lift. once you know where it is, it becomes natural. When I did my Honda after twelve years, I think my bones started to shorten...

    You can jack the pass side up some to get, enough elbow room, if you like,, or do both sides with jack stands, or the ride up one's....

    When I did the new rolla a few weeks ago, I could have just turned both the oil plug, and canister flter by hand!

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