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When my son got the car a couple of months ago, we had an oil and filter change done by a trusted garage. I decided it was time for my son to learn how to do it himself. Changed the oil in my Toyota Highlander in about 20 minutes while 'demonstrating'. Put the 6 on the ramps and handed the tools to him - sort of a right of passage. Anyway he / we got the filter unscrewed (which was a bear due to the angle). Then we realized it was about an 1/8" to big to drop through the space between the frame and the exhaust. We struggled with this for about an hour. I also looked online and found some suggestions that there may be a bad motor mount. I jacked up the engine to test this theory. No change in result. I finally decided the only way to get it out was to either remove the fan or maybe if I remove the power steering hose. Tried the hose route first. Lost a lot of fluid but it did give me just enough room to get the filter out. Does everybody do it this way? What a stupid design. The car has never been wrecked but it sure seems that something isnt quite right.