Many modern vehicles are sold with an oil filter that uses a replaceable filter element and a reusable plastic cover. This can be problematic if you want the ability to run a sandwich plate for an oil cooler, oil temperature or pressure gauges, relocate your oil filter, or run your favorite aftermarket filter. So this is how you can convert a newer Toyota 2ZR engine to use a spin-on style filter.
Note: This conversion was performed on a ZWA10 Lexus CT200h, but all of the following information also applies to all of the following vehicles with a 2ZR engine and cartridge style filter:
- 2011-2017 Lexus CT200h
- 2016 Scion iM
- 2008-2014 Scion xD
- 2009-2016 Toyota Corolla
- 2017-2018 Toyota Corolla iM
- 2009-2014 Toyota Matrix
- 2010+ Toyota Prius
- 2017+ Toyota Prius Prime
- 2012+ Toyota Prius V
This is a very easy process and only requires the use of a few OEM parts from a 2015+ Toyota Corolla. Here's what you need for parts:
- Oil Filter Bracket (15609-0T060)
- Union (90904-04006)
- O-Ring x2 (96723-24020)
- Flange Bolt x4 (91551-F0835)
- Oil Filter (90915-YZZF2)
The bolts are optional, since you can reuse the stock ones, but they are cheap and who doesn’t like shiny new bolts. Of course you aren't limited to the Toyota filter above either. Since many Toyota engines take interchangeable filters, any filter intended for a 4AGE, 3SGTE, or even 2JZGTE should work just fine.
Start by tightening the union into the bracket using a 12mm allen. This can be done after the bracket is installed, but because of the undertray on the CT you may find it easier to assemble outside of the car.
Jack up the car and drain the oil. You are going to need to gain access to side of the oil filter bracket. In the case of the CT, it is located behind this panel in the passenger's side wheel well.
Simply remove the push clips and move the panel out of the way. Next remove the 4 bolts holding the oil filter bracket to the engine.
Remove the two o-rings that are used to seal the bracket to the engine.
Place the new o-rings in the grooves in the block, align the new oil filter bracket with the engine, and install the bolts. Tighten the bolts down to secure the bracket.
Install your filter of choice, fill the engine back up with oil, and check for any leaks. Provided there are no issues, you are done. A simple and relatively inexpensive modification that now allows you numerous options for sandwich plates, oil coolers, sensors, and aftermarket filters.