Here are the official instructions from the 2009 repair manual:
Model Year: 2009 Model: Corolla
Title: 2ZR-FE LUBRICATION: OIL AND OIL FILTER: REPLACEMENT (2009 Corolla)
? Prolonged and repeated contact with engine oil will cause removal of natural oils from the skin, leading to
dryness, irritation and dermatitis. In addition, used engine oil contains potentially harmful contaminants
which may cause skin cancer.
? Precautions should be taken when replacing engine oil to minimize the risk of your skin making contact
with used engine oil. Wear protective clothing and gloves. Wash your skin thoroughly with soap and water,
or use a waterless hand cleaner to remove any used engine oil. Do not use gasoline, thinners or solvents.
? For environmental protection, used oil and used oil filters must be disposed of at designated disposal sites.
a. Remove the oil filler cap.
b. Remove the oil drain plug and drain the oil into a container.
c. Clean and install the oil drain plug with a new gasket.
Torque: 37 N·m (377 kgf·cm, 27 ft·lbf)
2. REMOVE OIL FILTER CAP ASSEMBLY
a. Using SST, loosen the oil filter cap 4 revolutions, align the cap
ribs vertically, and drain the remaining engine oil in the oil filter
Set a container below the oil filter cap assembly before loosening the
b. Remove the oil filter cap assembly.
c. Remove oil filter element and O-ring from the oil filter cap.
Be sure to remove the O-ring (for the cap) by hand, without
using any tools, to prevent damage to the groove for the Oring
3. INSTALL OIL FILTER CAP ASSEMBLY
a. Clean the oil filter cap threads and O-ring groove.
b. Apply a small amount of engine oil to a new O-ring and install it to the oil filter cap.
c. Set a new oil filter element in the oil filter cap.
d. Remove any dirt or foreign matter from the installation surface and inside of the engine.
e. Reapply a small amount of engine oil to the O-ring of the oil
filter cap assembly. Align the cutout in the oil filter cap threads
90° to the grooves in the oil filter bracket and temporarily
Make sure that the O-ring does not get caught between the
f. Using SST, tighten the oil filter cap assembly.
Torque: 25 N·m (255 kgf·cm, 18 ft·lbf)
? After tightening the oil filter cap assembly, check for gaps between the installation surfaces.
? Do not remove the oil filter bracket clip when installing the oil filter cap assembly.
? Do not cross thread the oil filter cap assembly.
a. Add fresh engine oil and install the oil filler cap.
?ILSAC multigrade engine oil
Drain and refill with oil filter change 4.2 liters (4.4 US qts, 3.7 lmp. qts)
Drain and refill without oil filter change 3.9 liters (4.1 US qts, 3.4 lmp. qts)
Dry fill 4.7 liters (5.0 US qts, 4.1 lmp. qts)
Here are my personal additions to the instructions:
(1) You don't need to lift the car. Unless you are very thick or very short, if you lie on your back (put a clean cardboard under you), you should be able to slide far enough from the front of the car to be able to reach the oil-filter cap. You will be stopped by the underside of the front bumper making contact with your upper chest, but your arm should extend barely enough to reach the filter cap.
(2) Surprisingly the drain-plug gasket is glued to the oil pan at the factory. Instead of trying to pry out the glued drain-plug gasket, I put a second, new genuine TOYOTA drain-plug gasket on top of the original glued drain-plug gasket, and I plan to leave the glued drain-plug gasket in place and replace the additional drain-plug gasket with every oil change.
(3) The most critical tool is the oil-filter wrench. If you don't have the right type of wrench, you will either not be able to remove the filter cap or damage it. Make sure to get a cap-style oil-filter wrench. The cap-style wrench should not be deep; otherwise, it won't work. You need a 64 mm 14-flute cap-style oil-filter wrench (retailer link, manufacturer link). 65/67 mm dual-size wrenches are too deep and probably won't work. Plastic wrenches seem to work better than metal wrenches because they are more precisely molded than the metal wrenches are bent into shape. So, get the right type of wrench and try it before you drain your oil so that if it doesn't work, you could still drive around to find one that works.
(4) I recommend Mobil 1 0W-20 fully synthetic motor oil. I called the Toyota engine factory and they told me that they fill it with 0W-20 at the factory. It's better to keep the original viscosity and type of oil and not to switch to 5W-20 and/or conventional oil.