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#4170 of 5330 2004 Highlander 6 Cycl AWS - oil filter location
Oct 21, 2007 (12:07 pm)
I just purchased a used 2004 Highlander. I know very little about this vehicle and where certain engine component parts are located. I will be purchasing a manual soon if I can find one. As idiotic as this sounds..I CAN'T find where the OIL FILTER is on this vehicle. Can someone please tell me where it is? I simply want to change the oil & filter. Also, a suggestion as to what type of oil wrench is needed to remove the filter would also be appreciated. I'm also wondering if I can use a type of oil other than the Toyota brand.
#4171 of 5330 Re: 2004 Highlander 6 Cycl AWS - oil filter location [bobby11]
Oct 22, 2007 (4:48 am)
Dude, not trying to be mean here, but if you can't find the oil filter, don't know that any oil filter wrench will work, and question whether only "toyota" oil would work, then I wouldn't recommend doing your own oil changes.
#4172 of 5330 Re: 2004 Highlander 6 Cycl AWS - oil filter location [bobby11]
Oct 22, 2007 (7:03 am)
You have to get under the HL to see the oil filter. Easy with the added hight of the SUV. Get the correct filter for your vehicle, either from Toyota Parts or auto parts store and match it up to the proper end cap wrench. You don't have to use Toyota oil. Just look at the oil filler cap for the proper grade and SAE rating.
#4173 of 5330 Re: 2004 Highlander 6 Cycl AWS - oil filter location
Oct 23, 2007 (11:37 am)
Thanks for the imput, but not to sound ungrateful to mikefm, but isn't this site devoted to answering any questions about maintenance, even the most basic ones? Anyway, I did locate the oil filter which by the way is on the engine block directly below the exhaust manifold. The only reason I couldnt find it is because the filter is NOT visible because of the exhaust manifold shield obstructs its view!! Besides that, this is my first SUV ownership. I have done plenty of oil changes on other cars that I've owned. Instead of being critical, next time try being more helpful, but thanks anyway from one "DUDE" to another!!
#4174 of 5330 Re: 2004 Highlander 6 Cycl AWS - oil filter location [bobby11]
Oct 23, 2007 (5:12 pm)
As I said, I wasn't trying to be mean, but it appears that you took it that way, so sorry about that. Good luck with your oil changes.
#4175 of 5330 Re: How reset service reminder and oil capacity [carbuff10]
Oct 24, 2007 (7:27 am)
I notice the instructions posted say:
"1. Turn the ignition key to the "LOCK" position with the odometer reading shown.
2. Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position while holding down the trip meter reset knob. "
My 2007 RAV4 has a similar "Maint Reqd" light. The instructions say:
1. Turn the ignition key to the "LOCK" position with the Trip Meter "A" reading shown.
2. Press and hold in the trip meter button while turning the ignition key to the "ON" position (not 'START').
This also sets the Trip "A" meter to 0000.0
Turning to ON, while holding in the button in the odometer position produced nothing (but frustration for me). The service techs have said the 07 RAV4 and Highlanders after '03 are the same.
Trivia Question: How much money have Toyota Service departments made since the Maint Reqd light was added to make people fear their Check Engine light was on and make an appointment?
#4176 of 5330 Re: How reset service reminder and oil capacity [ajsystems]
Oct 24, 2007 (1:29 pm)
I think they're making less money now because dealers around here used to insist that you needed an oil change every 3750 miles. Now people have lights that tell them about the 5000 mile interval. At least in my case I'm having less frequent oil changes, which is now what my service department advocates.
Yes, the reset procedure is a pain. One time the service people didn't reset my light, or it didn't work. That's when I learned to do it myself -- to get the light to go off.
Bring back the days of the late 1970s Accords when you stuck the end of your ignition key into a slit in the dashboard to reset the oil change indicator!
#4177 of 5330 Re: How reset service reminder and oil capacity [carbuff10
Oct 24, 2007 (2:24 pm)
I have changed the oil & filter which was quite simple. I discovered that if you remove the exhaust manifold shield (only 2 screws & 1 nut involved) it makes the job easier to get to the filter. As for the re setting of the "maintenance Light" on the dash of my highlander, the procedure is similar but a bit different than what you describe, but it is quite simple. All that you need do is:
1)Make sure ignition is off.
2)Turn the ignition to ON position (without starting the engine) while similtaneously pressing the trip meter reset button.
3)Keep your eye on the odometer. In 3 to 5 seconds you will see a serious of dashes _ _ _ that will disappear from left to right. Then for a second you'll see the odometer go to zero 0 and then the maintenance light will go off. It should come back on 5,000 miles later, so I'm told.
Hope that helps anyone out there trying to figure it out.
Want to thank you all for responding and for being so gracious to my post. BTW, Mikefm58, I know you were not trying to be mean and I really didn't take it that way. This is a wonderful forum and I plan to come around more often for some more tips!!
#4178 of 5330 Re: EVAP Emission Error Codes [danmac]
Oct 26, 2007 (3:34 pm)
Did you get the above problem fix?
if so can you please tell me how and where did you get it fix.
you can email me ( dhaval60194gmail.com )
Nov 04, 2007 (11:58 am)
My wife and I are new owners to a formally leased 2005
Toyota highlander 4 door limited 4x4
Ive had it 24hrs now and so far so good at 39k miles
clean and well kept
I now own it and while I am quite capable of doing the standard maintenance myself
We did purchase an extended warranty, My wife is questioning if this was a good
Idea at an additional 1400.00 for 3 years full coverage
Also I'm looking for a service and parts manual on CD for this vehicle