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Old 12-29-2010, 12:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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stuck oil filter

completely aggravated now< have been having oil changed at a local quick lube, i had the time so decided to do myself. Bent a strap wrench< read some old posts and tried the whole poke a screwdriver thru it trick and have now broken the handles off of two. Anyone have any other suggestions
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I have a filter wrench that is like a set of pliers but the ends are round and have 3 sets of gripping "teeth". It will bite real good on a filter. Looks like this:
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i went and purchased one of those as well, after stipping the paint off they finally grabbed but for the life of me i have put all i have into it and the thing still wont break loose.
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get a bigger screwdriver & longer so you can grab both ends . use it like a T handle & give it the quickest snap you can. sounds cross threaded, maybe no oil on the seal so it's really grabbing.
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I had a similar situation in a shop I worked at in high school. Another tech was stumped - when I finally went over to help, he had been turning it the wrong way. Said he got disoriented by being under the truck???

Anyway, if one bigger screwdriver won't work - I'd put in two or three at different angles and different levels and push on them all at the same time - that way you're less likely to rip the can. If you do destroy the can, peel off the side and bend down part of the filter base. Then put on a set of vice grips to the bent down lip and strike them with a hammer. Lefty loosey....
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Stupid Quick Lubes always tighten them to much. Grab the filter as high up as possible with the wrench, won't crush as easy. 3/4 turn after seal touches is plenty tight.
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i went through this myself, so i know how spittin mad you can get. for me it's best to go sit down(timeout if you will) thats why i do it myself, plus gettin a 5 gal. bucket under the pan without jackin it up.makes it easy & i know it's done wright! but i've never not been able to get the filter off by using my screwdriver it's about a foot long. if you can get a hand on each side & while your'e turning push up because it takes the pressure off the threads.
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Thanks for the advice guys, and yes I am going the rt way with it. Off work now and out to the garage. Thanks and I will keep you guys posted.
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I use a chain filter wrench. The trick is get the wrench as high up on the filter as possible as the top of the filter is the strongest part.
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Here's my weapon of choice for oil filters.

NAPA Strap Wrench

It's used with a 1/2" drive ratchet, or a breaker bar if the filter's really tight.

I've never had any trouble getting a filter off with a 12" long ratchet, but then again, I always oil the filters and put them on hand tight per spec (gasket contact plus 1-1/2 turns, IIRC for the filters I'm using now.)

I have destroyed a couple of filters in the past driving a screwdriver thru them. Actually ripped the can off the gasket end. Wound up notching the gasket end at the rolled edge with a chisel and spinning it off by tapping with a hammer.

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2nd the chain strap wrench use
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After a shop visit on another vehicle I had to use two removal tools at one time to get the filter off. It spreads the pressure out a little and if needed a second person can help. It'll be a lot easier for two people under our trucks than under my car! Good luck!!
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Finally got that huzzy off! After 3 broken screwdrivers ,a shatterd strap wrench, a hernia and many veins bulging out of my forehead! Thanks for the help again guys!
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Oh, the joys of doing your own maintenance.
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