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    Stuck factory oil filter

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    Wtf do they use to torque that damn filter at the factory? It's so tight, I can't even see the rubber seal. I'm at 1250km so I'd like to do my first oil change. So far I tried:

    Cup style wrench: slipped like crazy even if it's the right size

    Metal strap wrench: It hooked fine but when I applied torque to unscrew, it began to crush the filter instead of unscrew it.

    Rubber strap wrench: broke the strap.

    I tried to spray penetrating oi on the seal, but it did not seem to do much.

    I did not try the "poke a hole with a screwdriver and twist" method because I'm afraid that I'll just rip the filter and be stuck with a real mess.

    Anyone else did have a first filter torqued by Hulk?

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    Thanks a lot! Will have to order this tool online, I did not see anything like that in any shop around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkoran View Post
    Wtf do they use to torque that damn filter at the factory? It's so tight, I can't even see the rubber seal. I'm at 1250km so I'd like to do my first oil change.

    I did not try the "poke a hole with a screwdriver and twist" method because I'm afraid that I'll just rip the filter and be stuck with a real mess.
    When I was 16 I saved up $7000 and bought a used 300zx turbo 1984 model. Epic car, though the A/C never worked no matter what I spent to fix it. The day came to change the oil. My dad attempted to coach me in this process. What a dad. Hulk has previously torqued the filter on that thing so dad pulled out the screwdriver method. One hour later the sun had set, we could not see in the dark; the filter was a horrible mess of gouged, shredded metal; there were metal shards everywhere, blood everywhere from the cuts, oil everywhere, my dad was inventing new cuss words, that filter was reduced to a male thread and had not budged, and I decided I never wanted to be alive anymore. About three days later he somehow had that thing off, I never knew how so.

    Get the tool mentioned in the thread by @koozy, I bought something very similar to that a few decades ago and it has been used dozens of times on my cars, it pulls any filter right off. It's a PITA to get on sometimes because you have to manually tighten the "fingers" onto the filter while applying counterclockwise pressure, and find the right extensions to get leverage, if there is little room to work and things are oily and slippery it takes some dexterity, but it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felopr View Post
    This is the only thing I was able to get the filter off with. I tried the cup style and a strap wrench to no avail. The pliers type worked a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20 View Post
    This is the only thing I was able to get the filter off with. I tried the cup style and a strap wrench to no avail. The pliers type worked a treat.

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    I've hot glued and even epoxied on filter end wrenches with good luck. Also I never tried it but loosening with an air impact gun might provide beneficial shock to break the seal loose. Heat? Never run out of ideas...

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    To remove the factory oil filter on my first change after several unsuccessful attempts with several different tools, I ultimately resorted to using a small C-clamp.
    I torqued the clamp down so to the point it was pinching the filter sides, causing it to dent. I then used the extra leverage I got from the clamp to just barely break the filter free.

    I recently did my second oil change, and the filter was surprisingly hard to get off again, even though I made it hand tight when installing.
    I'll have to invest in one of these for next time.


 
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