Having problems with your Lexus RX 300 ?

Where is the oil filter located on a 2001 Lexus RX300???

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 18-01-2021

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The filter is located underneath the front exhaust header. It's toward the left side of the engine as you face the engine with the hood up (the passenger side of the car). I just changed it and it was the first time in forty years that I could not budge the filter! The dealer did the previous change and ran the filter down to the rim. No amount of expletives will satisfy my rage! There are instructions on the side of every filter I've ever seen - grrr!
Okay, back on task. You can see the filter from the top through the little space between the header pipes. Stock filters are black. You can also gain access to the filter from underneath the car by removing the nine or ten 10mm bolts from the panel aft of the front bumper. The two outboard bolts are different than the others so take note. My oldest son was eventually able get it loose from above but the final removal was from below. This was after an hour or so of beating on it with a hammer and 3/4 inch pipe attempting to apply force to the tangent of the circle - if you know, you know - if you don't, I'm not going to explain it here. Amazon sells at least two different type of "tripod" type filter wrenches that I will likely buy before the next change. I'll also be looking for a longer filter or a spacer in order to make access easier.
Depends if your car is awd or front drive
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