Yesterday I did my usual 5,000 kay oil and filter change. I decided to change the fuel filter as I have not changed it for 60,000 kays. Not having done this before, I researched to get the info needed. All was good until the mention of a vice was brought up. I phoned a mate who just did his, and he too mentioned the vice. I have no vice and had to sought out another alternative. Here is what I ended up doing.....
1. Remove both fuel lines from filter.
2. Unplug the wire that connects the water sensor (I think that is what it is for)
3. Remove the three bolts (two on the inner guard, and one on the guard near the Air Filter box)
4. Remove the filter from car and carefully unscrew the plastic nut at the base of the filter (this has the water sensor float connected to it)....I was lucky that mine wasn't as tight as 40 bastards, and was easily removed with fingers, which was good as I have heard that they can be difficult and brittle.
5. So, now I had the filter still connected to the mounting bracket. Without a vice to remove the filter, I had to compensate. I looked at the mounting bracket, and the holes on the inner guard. Turning the filter and mounting bracket upside down, I bolted it back onto the guard and used an oil filter remover to remove the fuel filter.
6. Removed the mounting bracket from inner guard.
7. With new filter, I smeared some oil on the rubber seal, screwed on new fuel filter.
8. Smeared oil on rubber seal of plastic nut and attached it to fuel filter.
9. Bolted back into Prado.
10. Attached rear hose to filter.
11. Placing finger over open pipe, I pumped the primer (making sure that no air is sucked into the filter).
12. Pumped until diesel spewed out of open pipe.
13. Connect front hose, and give a few more pumps with the primer.
14. Re-connect the sensor wire.
Sorry if I have not named things properly, but do not know the name or terms of things...(if someone could help me, I would be greatly appreciated). I found the job easy enough, and will make sure I do it at the 20,000 kay intervals.