As many know, the plastic cap on the oil filter housing leaves something to be desired. While trying to remove the cap, the wrench can slip or frequently becomes stuck , and after enough oil R&R sessions, it can eventually round the cap off. I also expect that after a few more years and many more heat cycles, we'll be seeing plenty of warped or cracked pieces, too. When this happens, one can go to the dealer and buy another at a retail price of over $60. Or for about half that price, one can pick up the aluminum version from a Venza 3.5 V6.
Only one modification is required to fit the Venza piece up, and that is swapping of the Tundra internal perforated oil filter support tube into the Venza Cap. To peform this swap is easy. To remove the tube, the two small retaining tabs need to be bent up to near vertical. Then push down on the tube, turn it about 45 degrees, and it will push up and out. It has some spring tension on it. A spring and the drain valve disc are located under it. Be careful not to lose them. Remove the Tundra tube in the same manner, install it in the Venza Cap and bend the tabs back flat.
Here are the caps and internal parts...
This picture shows how to use a flat blade screwdriver to bend the tabs up. The metal is thin, just a gentle twist on the screwdriver handle will bend the tab to where it is in the picture.
I have a few of these in stock and can match dealer retail on the price. Or if you want to keep your business local, or find yourself in a jam and need one quickly, the part number is 15620-31060.
We are working on few ore trick with this part, so stay tuned.
My little message to Toyota... I've buying and beating on your trucks since the 80's... They are purchased for their extreme durability, smart designs, and easy servicabilty. I don't buy them for built to fail plastic oil filter caps that cost twice as much as the lifetime alloy part that comes on some of your other vehicles. Pull your head out of your nether region and realize how you got to where you are.