The easy way to change your oil filter on the carens
Although its a very tight squeeze, changing the oil filter on the Carens is a simple affair. And very easy having done it for the first time. I find it easier to change the Carens filter than the filter on my Mondeo, where I have to take the front wheel off to gain access to it.
Here we go:
Remove sump plug and drain oil from Carens. Remove the three bolts that hold the water expansion tank to the car, don't disconnect the expansion tank, just move it aside so now you can see the oil filter much clearer.
Now take out the bolts that holds the air con pipe (well I think its the aircon pipe, there are brake pipes near DO NOT MOVE THESE, OR REMOVE ANY FIXING BOLTS THAT HOLD THE BRAKE PIPES), there is one above and to the left of the oil filter and one near the expansion tank, DO NOT DISCONNECT this pipe, taking the bolts out will enable you to move the pipe half an inch, when you come to removing the oil filter. Now you will need a oil filter removal tool, the strap type, put the strap around the filter, with your socket set, connect a long bar to the oil filter removal tool, then connect your ratchet to the long bar, take up the slack in the strap buy turning anticlockwise, apply more anticlockwise pressure to the racket, the oil filter will then start turning, keep turning until the oil filter is off, now comes the tricky bit, there is a gap where the expansion tank was, put your hand into gain access to the oil filter, you will need to gently move the aircon pipe to one side, now pull the oil filter out, its tricky as there is on about 2mm to spare, so if you have the oil filer in the wrong position it won't come out, it will come out if you get the filter in the correct position. Once out, get your new oil filter put a iittle engine oil on the rubber seal, and put it back the same way as you took it out. Tighten hand tight, now fill with oil and start engine, check that there is no oil escaping from the seal of the oil filter, if OK, put back the bolts that hold the air con pipe and the expansion bottle, having done the job once you wil find it a doddle, next time.
I suppose the Koreans have much smaller hands than us British brutes, the job looks impossible, but its not, Korean engineering wins again.