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Old 12-26-2011, 03:08 PM   #41
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Hope your next removal goes as planned, but i'm thinking, you will have the same experience.
Nah, see, we've owned a 2006 Prius for over three years and never needed more than the cheap plastic filter wrench. We only bought that because my daughter started changing the oil before she developed the grip strength to do it without the wrench.

Now the 2005 has the same system & filters & torque as the 2006, so it should all be smooth sailing. The most difficult part of the oil change will be arranging it to happen when my daughter's home from college on breaks, or else I'll have to actually crawl under there to do it myself.

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Just found this on a prius website. Evidently there is some sort of clip that prevents your filter froms spinning. Might want to read.
As others have pointed out, you're reading from the GenIII/2010 & up section of the board. Our 2005 & 2006 have a more traditional system-- no clips or worries about torque specs.

I don't think I'll be ready for a GenIII Prius discussion until at least 2020...
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:40 AM   #42
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I'm bookmarking this thread, in case I ever feel any LBYM guilt pangs over taking the cars in for an oil change. I've found a place that doesn't try to up-sell me on everything, they are fast and cheap and thorough, and I just can't see going through the effort for the $ saves, even when all goes reasonably well. With the miles we put on our cars, oil changes are only 1 to 2x per year.

I'll change plugs/wires on a 4 cyl engine (not a 6-cyl, too much work for me), but that may be only 2-3x in the life of a car these days. Pretty easy job on a four-banger, and I save maybe $100.

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I had similar problems once with my Toyota. After explaining the problem to my mechanic, he gave me a big grin and loaned me his filter wrench that he had bought from the BIG TRUCK tool company. This thing grabbed the filter with an iron grip and I managed to get it off. Next, I had my mechanic order me the same wrench he used. Never had a problem since that time. Well, oil filter problems that is....
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Agreed, ERD50. The extra cost of having my local mechanic do the oild change is well worth it. He has also caught a few minor things that might have caused problems down the road. My oil filter is located under the care and I would need to jack it up, put the stands underneath to support it, and then work on the filter. My old Toyota had the filter sitting up high and it could easily grab it from the top with the hood open.
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