The proper tool for the oil filter makes the job much easier. Here is a link to the best price I have come across: http://brickboard.com/CLASSADS/?id=7451
There is a special cartridge tool that you can purchace from Toyota to remove the cartridge type filter in the newer Toyota V6's typically from 2005-on. I have a Rav4 2007 V6. The tool that Toyota sells to remove the new Oil Filter will not remove the filter. It is a cheap quality tool that will slip around the filter causing problems. I would suggest finding a tool that will grip the filter with a 3 prong adjustable grip which may be found at various automotive parts store. i.e Pepboys, Walmart, Target etc.
I think that it's the same as my 95. The filter is on the passenger side behind the plastic shroud (wheel weld) on the left side. You have to remove the tire and the shroud to get to the filter. You will also need a filter remove tool which inserts under the filter to release the line. You can buy this tool at any auto parts store.
Oil Filter is two types.First is Spin On disposable style and second is Canister with Element.Disposable type needs a Strap Wrench tool remove it. Installation is by hand and about 1/4 turn beyond seated.The Canister with Element style needs a 24mm socket to remove the filter head.Located on the drivers side (Left.) towards the bell housing or rear of the engine.
A good question for many oil change do-it-yourselfers as the plastic engine oil filter housing holds so fast after successive heating and cooling cycles it seems cemented in place. The problem most oil filter removal tools have with this particular filter housing (including wide strap wrenches) is spreading their grip evenly enough around the housing to prevent flexing the housing's side walls and damaging it. A bit of tourque is needed! After my first two failed tries at changing my wifes's S80 engine oil filter, a fellow on the other side of the Volvo parts counter proclaimed, "`The Lord says,` There is no S80 oil filter tool." Back to the house, back to lifting and bracing up the car again, back to removing the large under carraige shield again and back to another unsuccessful attemt at unscrewing the oil filter housing. Back to the Volvo dealer. In the middle of explaining my dilemma to the service manager he said, "Well, we have a tool for that." (!!*@#%@*!!! = my immediate internal comments) It seems that, to solve the Volvo oil filter problem, one must authoritatively state, on his side of the Volvo parts counter, "`The Volvo Service Manager says,` There is an S80 oil filter housing removal tool."