The 09-15' Toyota Corolla, Prius, Scion Xd and iM, have this oil filter cartridge that requires a special tool to access. Its not really a big deal to work with and the filters are cheaper, but if you are like me and your 2ZR is exposed to regular autocross and track racing...this conversion may be for you.
Starting in 2016 the Corolla recieved a change in the oil filtration system on the 2ZR, with a spin-on external filter. This opens the door for those of us monitoring oil temp or using oil coolers, because before now we didn't have any options. So lets get started.
Step 1) First you want to loosen the (4) 12mm bolts on the front of the oil filter bracket. Unscrew the bolts about halfway, place a drain pan underneath, then tap the filter housing to break the seal. Remove the bolts and place the original canister bracket into the drain pan.
Step 2) Now you can remove the (2) o-rings
You can now wipe down everything and gather your parts from the 2016 2ZR
Part numbers: Bracket- 15609-0T060 O-rings- 96723-24020 Union- 90904-04006 Filter- 90915-YZZF2
The bolts from the 2016 were not necessary, I got them just to compare. The oil filter is the same part number from the 1.5L 1NZFE engine, so my oil cooler will be plug and play. The bracket, union screw, and o-rings are the only parts you absolutely need from Toyota.
Step 3) Install the (2) new o-rings and apply engine oil.
Step 4) Install the 2016 bracket.
Screw the bolts in evenly while holding the bracket secure against the o-rings, then tighten.
Step 5) Install the union screw. The larger end goes into the bracket, and you use a 12mm allen key to torque it to 20ftlbs.
Step 6) Now you can install the oil filter of your choice, although I'll always recommend Toyota because of their proprietary bypass pressure.
Now you can clean off any oil that spilled onto the engine, and top off your engine oil with about 1/3 quart. I like to unplug my fuel injectors and crank the engine until the oil pressure warning light turns off, check for any leaks, then connect the fuel injectors and start the engine. Check for any leaks again while the engine is running, if not then take the car on a quick road test. Once you return from the road test inspect for any leaks again and verify your engine oil level. Thats it! You now have the option to install an oil cooler or a sandwich plate adaptor for gauges. I hope this write-up was helpful, see you guys at the next event!
Here is a link to the Mishimoto oil coolers and sandwich plates I use, unfortunately though there is not enough room down at the oil filter to install the oil cooler plate. To install an oil cooler plate we must also buy a filter relocation kit. They don't make a complete kit for 2ZR equipped vehicles so we must build our own, not a big deal.
Here is a link to the Autometer gauges I use, and also a link to Glowshift.
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