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Plastic oil filter cap change/mod

Has anyone replaced their plastic oil filter cap with an aluminum or metal one? You can use a scion one and mod the inner support tube (switch it out with the tube from the plastic one).

Iím more so talking about the Toyota filter (scion) and not an aftermarket one like Dorman. There are so many mixed reviews on those, I would never use those.

Iíve had 3 oil changes so far at the dealership and no issues with the plastic filter cap reported. I know some people say they eventually will crack though and some even crack when doing the recommended torque.

Also, if you do switch to the aluminum one does the torque specs change? What I have so far for the plastic stuff:

Filter cap - 18 ft/lbs
Filter drain - 9 ft/lbs

Bonus: Oil drain plug - 30 ft/lbs


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Has anyone replaced their plastic oil filter cap with an aluminum or metal one? You can use a scion one and mod the inner support tube (switch it out with the tube from the plastic one).

Iím more so talking about the Toyota filter (scion) and not an aftermarket one like Dorman. There are so many mixed reviews on those, I would never use those.

Iíve had 3 oil changes so far at the dealership and no issues with the plastic filter cap reported. I know some people say they eventually will crack though and some even crack when doing the recommended torque.

Also, if you do switch to the aluminum one does the torque specs change? What I have so far for the plastic stuff:

Filter cap - 18 ft/lbs
Filter drain - 9 ft/lbs

Bonus: Oil drain plug - 30 ft/lbs


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this is an extremely common mod. I just hand tighten my "metal" toyota one and snug tight the filter drain.
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My 2011 corolla has the similar cartridge filter and at 130,000 miles Iíve changed its oil religiously at 5,000 miles. So thatís 26 times itís been on and off without incident, as an example of the designís durability. I think if youíre easy on it, use the right tool (I own the actual Toyota brand tool and it fits both our 2016 4Runner and the 2011 Corolla) and lubricate the o-ring when you install it should last just fine. I go til it stops spinning without force and then do just a touch tighter and thatís it. Never have I ever pulled out a torque wrench for an oil change and Iíve literally done thousands in my life.

But as far as the plastic vs metal goes, if youíre doing the oil changes yourself, I would leave it OEM. If youíre having a shop do it and theyíre incompetent, Metal might be a better bet.
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As stated, this is a common mod.
All it takes is to drop the plastic one and it land just right, not notice the hairline crack and ....
I did this mod on my 2014 and just did it Friday on my 2021.

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My 2011 corolla has the similar cartridge filter and at 130,000 miles Iíve changed its oil religiously at 5,000 miles. So thatís 26 times itís been on and off without incident, as an example of the designís durability. I think if youíre easy on it, use the right tool (I own the actual Toyota brand tool and it fits both our 2016 4Runner and the 2011 Corolla) and lubricate the o-ring when you install it should last just fine. I go til it stops spinning without force and then do just a touch tighter and thatís it. Never have I ever pulled out a torque wrench for an oil change and Iíve literally done thousands in my life.

But as far as the plastic vs metal goes, if youíre doing the oil changes yourself, I would leave it OEM. If youíre having a shop do it and theyíre incompetent, Metal might be a better bet.
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I normally am not this guy, but have you searched? There's probably a dozen threads on this already with multiple pages of posts.
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You don't have to use a scion cap, there are 4Runner direct replacements.
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No issues with my OEM cap but changed it anyway to avoid future issues. I also don't let the dealer do maintenance on my truck because they are no better than Jiffy Lube.
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Has anyone replaced their plastic oil filter cap with an aluminum or metal one? You can use a scion one and mod the inner support tube (switch it out with the tube from the plastic one).

I’m more so talking about the Toyota filter (scion) and not an aftermarket one like Dorman. There are so many mixed reviews on those, I would never use those.

I’ve had 3 oil changes so far at the dealership and no issues with the plastic filter cap reported. I know some people say they eventually will crack though and some even crack when doing the recommended torque.

Also, if you do switch to the aluminum one does the torque specs change? What I have so far for the plastic stuff:

Filter cap - 18 ft/lbs
Filter drain - 9 ft/lbs

Bonus: Oil drain plug - 30 ft/lbs


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For the plastic cap you tighten to those specs.
With the metal cap you just tighten until it stops turning. It reaches full closure and you can’t tighten it any more. It’s a strange feeling but it works.
For the filter drain plug 9ft-lbs is about right.

Consult other threads for more info like this mega thread;
Oil Change 5th Gen: How To- LOTS of PICS!
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