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Old 02-10-14, 07:47 PM   #1
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I have always done my own oil changes, My LS will be no different. However, I see that a SST is required (or is it?), for removal of the oil filter. Has anyone done it without? I have a strap wrench that "SHOULD" work.....but??? My local auto parts vendor seems to think that any filter wrench should work.

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It's all in here, including pics.

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/ls46...iy-thread.html
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I have always done my own oil changes, My LS will be no different. However, I see that a SST is required (or is it?), for removal of the oil filter. Has anyone done it without? I have a strap wrench that "SHOULD" work.....but??? My local auto parts vendor seems to think that any filter wrench should work.

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Get the SST (there are several high-quality, reasonably-priced ones available through the usual online channels). The tool makes removal and reinstall of the filter housing a snap. Why pound a nail with pliers when a hammer is readily available?
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Get the SST (there are several high-quality, reasonably-priced ones available through the usual online channels). The tool makes removal and reinstall of the filter housing a snap. Why pound a nail with pliers when a hammer is readily available?
I like that, but no its not a required tool. I used a regular filter wrench, but the SST is on my list of tools to get
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Here's Here's
a link to a VERY well-made, inexpensive SST for Toyota/Lexus filter housings.

Additional info: I bought mine some time ago, and mine does indeed have the 3/8" drive hole and the large hex as pictured. More recent purchasers have complained that the drive hole is no longer provided and they have down-rated the product accordingly. As always, buyer beware!

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Thanks for the link. Another tool to add to my collection for our car.
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Hmmmm, I guess someone didn't pay their dues.

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Here's Here's a link to a VERY well-made, inexpensive SST for Toyota/Lexus filter housings.
I just found one on the Walmart website for 17 dollars. Either way, plenty affordable. I expected any SST to cost much more.
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Just left Walmart getting candy for the kids Valentine's Day party, oh well I'll go pick one up tomorrow.
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I just found one on the Walmart website for 17 dollars. Either way, plenty affordable. I expected any SST to cost much more.
Be careful! There are any number of Toyota/Lexus oil filter "wrenches" that are cheaply made and will quickly fail under normal use. You want a tool that is cast with substantial metal thickness rather than one that is a thin stamping. The former will do its job forever; the latter will deform and fail you in short order. As always, caveat emptor, but there is really no need to spend more than $20-$25 USD on a proper oil filter housing SST.
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Be careful! There are any number of Toyota/Lexus oil filter "wrenches" that are cheaply made and will quickly fail under normal use.
Yes of course. However, the one I referred was an Assenmacher.
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Yes of course. However, the one I referred was an Assenmacher.
Decent brand, but as I recall, Assenmacher filter wrenches don't have slots cut in them to grip the tabs on the filter housing. You're only gripping flats with flats. I like the grabbing the tabs as well. YMMV.
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