Stuck Oil Filter Removal

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  1. EricsZ28

    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My oil filter wouldn't budge. I broke a removal tool trying to get it off, and no luck.

    So, I bought a set of the harbor freight cast aluminum end cap oil filters wrenches (Pittsburgh Automotive - item#69894). These gripped better, but still spun on the filter. So, Plan B...

    I drilled 4 holes in the bottom - the metal is soft, so this is very quick and easy with a hand drill:
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    Next, I placed the oil filter wrench on the filter and screwed the wrench to the oil filter. I used 4 self tapping / sealing screws. These are the screws that you would use to attach galvanized siding. With my cordless hand drill and a socket adapter, these went right in. The rubber seals keep the screws from dripping oil...
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    Then, turn the oil filter wrench as normal:
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    Here are the screws I used. I used a screwdriver to pry the filter out of the wrench, and it popped right off:
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    I hope this helps somebody!!
     
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    Lesson learned: Don't overtighten the filter when installing it! ;)

    P.S. And use a thin film of oil on the rubber seal before installing it!
     
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    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yeah, no kidding! I was in a hurry after the refresh at the machine shop and got a bit carried away :innocent:
     
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    Drive a screw driver through the side of the filter and twist it. Its a lot quicker and works every time. It will then come off by hand.
     
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    Its messy but will work ^
     
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    Yup had to do it on my ridgeline. Last idiot that changed the oil had it so tight I didn't think I could get it off. Moron.
     
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    Brilliant!!! :cool:

    I've seen the screwdriver trick fail and tear the "can" apart.
    Then... You're left with a real mess to deal with! :mad:

    This method doesn't involve taking an oil bath or a visit to ER!

    I have stamped steel cap wrenches but this should work just as well with them if I ever need it.
     
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    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks. Sometimes the blind squirrel gets lucky and finds a nut :innocent:

    Yeah, I've seen the filters get shredded by the screw driver method as well. A good buddy had that misfortune.

    I'm sure my method has limits, too. Definitely use the metal filter wrench. I stripped a plastic one (where the socket extension went in and on the hex head) trying to get the filter off before I went down this path.
     
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    P.S. - I also didn't have much room to work around the filter due my headers. Check out the second picture above...
     
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    great idea man!!

    I'll try to remember this next time my step-son changes his mom's oil... wait.. nevermind.. I kicked her to the curb about 2 yrs ago...lol

    still a great idea though:)
     

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