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Old 06-09-2019, 08:46 PM
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5VZ Oil filter close to motor mount?

Hi. Here's a dumb question:

I recently have started my 5VZ swap. While trying to drop the transmission, I noticed that the oil filter is almost hitting the motor mount. In fact it looks likes it is touching.

Q: Are they that close together? This was a wrecked vehicle. (99; rear-end body damage, but doesn't look like frame was bent. I did start it before I bid on it last year. It does run, and drive.)

I just thought it was fairly odd; and may not have gotten a good look from below. TIA
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EDIT: Hubby and I looked at his motor mounts vs mine this evening....I didn't notice that his mounts are angled differently from mine, so that accounts for some of the difference in the pics. Looking at part numbers- they did change the mounts and brackets for 99+ (7/98)
https://toyota-usa.epc-data.com/4run...ne/1107/12361/

They are close, but not that close....bad or broken motor mount is a possibility.

The 96 with oem mounts I installed last year fits this craftsman wrench sideways between the motor mount and the filter:


And the 99 with oe mounts w/228,xxx miles on them can only fit the craftsman wrench skinny-ways between mount and filter. I can't even get one of my scrawny fingers in there....
it should have clearance similar to the '96's, both with the 3.4




HA! Looks like you've just found a job for the husbandio.

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Old 06-10-2019, 08:41 AM
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Hey Hab. My apologies to him.
Seriously though, thank you. It doesn't look right from below. I reckon I will find out more when I get around to pulling motor.
Certainly can't fit a wrench in there. Feeler guage? Maybe...

Hopefully just broken mount. It seemed like a well taken care of 135k tho. Oil was clean and drained oil from xfer and tranny, they looked golden, like fairly fresh.
Did I dump it into a clean container?? What did we learn? Moving on.
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I've seen it as bad as up against the mount (post long ago from someone attempting to change his oil) so I'll cross my fingers it's so simple. Seems low miles for a non-accident fail.

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Hey Coopster-
My husband and I were going over the motor mounts in our trucks his 99 appears to be different from my 96....he pointed out that the bracket attached to the engine would not move in relation to the oil filter....and he's right. I have seen issues with bad mounts and oil filters, but I am probably entirely wrong-
now you have to satisfy my curiosity at some point and pics.
https://toyota-usa.epc-data.com/4run...ne/1107/12361/

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It seems like the arms that reach out from the engine block to the mount are somewhat prone to being bent. I guess a hard hit on either end of the car can cause the engine to move around hard enough to bend them?
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