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Stubborn Oil Filter

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  • #581843
    BrandonBrandon
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      guys,
      my oil filter was stuck on my 1993 toyota pickup and holy hell i could not get the filter off i tried many wrenches and cap type wrenches
      my brother is coming over tomorrow to use a strap wrench on my truck
      anybody hear if strap wrenches will do the job
      or should i just cut the sucker off?

      thanks

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    • #581845
      A toyotakarlIts me
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        Its a bit messy but you can jab a screwdriver through it (horizontally) and use the screwdriver handle to turn it… but a proper fitting strap wrench should do it…

        #581850
        BrandonBrandon
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          thank you
          i tried the screwdriver handle already and it just dented up the can :/
          hopefully a strap wrench will do the job
          i am quite confident it will
          🙂

          #581889
          college mancollege man
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            A big pair of channel locks will also help.
            keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

            #581974
            RereonehundredRereonehundred
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              Never had a filter that didn’t “cry uncle” to the channel locks.

              But why are some oil filters stuck on so firmly?

              Do some filters have adhesive on the rubber gasket?

              Have some filter gaskets just “bonded” with time?

              Is it possible to over-tighten to the point that the rubber gasket is compressed, and the filter’s canister rim contacts the sealing area?

              Never figured it out.

              #582016
              Thomas MclaurinThomas Mclaurin
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                Heat the area near where the filter and motor meet, if possible, with a hair dryer, never a torch. This should soften or shrink the rubber oil filter gasket enough to lessen the effort with the strap wrench. If cutting is the last resort you know the threaded stub, the filter spins up on is in the center of the filter. You will miss cutting its threads by not cutting so much off the filter but by peeling, if possible, so if you reach the inside, those threads can have some penetrate put on it. Maybe some more hair dryer heat applied while at the same time, still some grip area for the strap wrench. I am suggesting the hair dryer, it has helped when heating up stubborn fasteners that won’t budge often.

                #582047
                JamesJames
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                  I blame every lube job on the planet for this! They torque em on, seen em do it. STupid bloody idiots. Thats the main culprit right there, over tightening to avoid a customer complaining bout a leak..Yeah no leak but then the next time they go in to some lube place that dosnt know there knee from there elbow they will not even try to change the filter, they will find it too time consuming and simply go “Meh this isnt going easy so forget it.” and move on. So you are stuck with a bad filter that you think was changed but was not. This is why if I take my car to a lube shop I use a bit of tape to see if they replaced it or if they just left it. I cut it where the oil filter fits in so half the tape should still be there, if not then I suspect that they just yanked the tape off I use a marker thou on the can that will indicate if they did just yank the tape off as there will be a clear void in the line where the tape was. 😉 I have busted every lube shop in this town for this and now never take a car to one.lol

                  #582049
                  JamesJames
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                    Btw dont use a hair dryer use a heat gun. Right tool for the job,your wife will be ticked when you over heat that hair dryer trying to do this job and it burns out on her…Believe me I know.LOL

                    #582596
                    Thomas MclaurinThomas Mclaurin
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                      Uncle John, no harm done. I meant a cheap spare hair dryer on hand. I did not want to suggest a heat gun for fear it would start an oil fire. The hair dryer has some mild heat and not everyone uses a heat gun everyday or can run out somewhere leaving the job, tools on the ground just before dark sets in, in order to buy one. I just didn’t deeply analyze the predicament of the stuck filter, my thought was safety mainly. Besides, the dryer won’t have to be pointed near the engine/filter mating surface for very long.

                      #582598
                      Jerry JonesJerry Jones
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                        Oil filters can be over tight end and some will bond to the vehicle when not changed regular from expansion and contraction. On real tuff filters a strap wrench will work most of the time. If not some big channel locks will work guaranteed.

                        #582600
                        619DioFan619DioFan
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                          16 inch pair of channel locks works every time. never use the screwdriver trick through the filter as the canister usually just tears causing more of a problem. main cause of the filters sticking is putting them on with a dry gasket ( wipe a little oil on the gasket before install ) spin them on till they seat then half turn more ( by hand ) and should be good to go.

                          #583095
                          BrandonBrandon
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                            hey guys i finally got it off
                            had to have my brother come over and with his strap wrench and a socket we got it off but man was that thing stuck on there. oh well got it off
                            thanks guys for everything

                            #583109
                            college mancollege man
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                              Glad you got it. 🙂

                              #583199
                              Jerry JonesJerry Jones
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                                That’s Great…Glad to hear

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