Switching Toyota's plastic oil filter housing to the OEM Aluminum... RAV4 edition.
Have any of you done this?
I bought the aluminum 15620-31060 Toyota housing for replacement on Rav4s (2015 LE and 2018 LE+XLE, all made in Japan) and one for my 2020 4Runner. I was motivated because a kid off at college was told by a legit shop that the plastic one was overtorqued and they won't use something like over 15ft lbs of torque to remove the plastic ones (from how I hear it, it should only be 12-13 pounds for removal torque, maybe less).
I've seen pictures of the plastic OEM Rav4 filter housing (part number 15620-36020) being sold and it looks like the perforated inner tubes that hold the filter in place are the same length as this aluminum bit. Supposedly, this is aluminum part is a DIRECT replacement for the 4-cylinder Camry & Venza that has the same exact engine. Thing is, Toyota's VIN match system says they are not compatible with the Rav4... The amount that the perforated tube that comes with the metal housing version sticks up is 9-9.5mm.
Does anybody have experience with this changeout on this era of RAV4?
If it is a straight changeout, I'd feel a lot more comfortable mailing it to my kid and having them change it straight out at the oil change place. It's a lot simpler, just putting O-rings and pulling the bottom cap and moving it over.
thanks a lot Joe!