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Old 04-26-2007, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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friggin' oil filter won't come off...

I am so sick of these blow jobs that run these stupid lube shops....

they cranked my oil filter on way too tight....and I've broken two filter wrenches trying to get it off....

now it's got a big whole in the side because the last wrench broke through, but still didn't budge the filter....


what should I do to get it off?



(I can't drive 'cause the filter has a big hole in it......and I can't take it back to the shop that changed it because they went out of business....)


please help
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What if you shoved a breaker bar through it and tried to unscrew it like tire iron style?
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i have had to do this before when the oil filter wasnt changed on a car for 20,000 miles, never based on "over tightening" as if you over tighten it the rubber gasket just breaks!?

that being said, you may want to invest in a better oil filter remover something like this


if thats a no go then something like this


if thats a no go, something like this



but if none of those work you can take a little tiny screw driver and jam it into the where the gasket meets the housing and break the seal

next, replace your oil filter with a K&N one for one simple reason


the damn nutt welded to the top, makes life so much better
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Oil Filter

I use a rubber strap wrench that goes around the filter case and tightens up on itself as you turn the handle.
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i have had to do this before when the oil filter wasnt changed on a car for 20,000 miles, never based on "over tightening" ...
the filter was changed 3,200 miles ago....

I broke two of these trying to get it off:




this is like the one that punched the hole in the side...I'm going to try with it again today...



a plasma cutter is starting to look like a better option...




I wish there were more room to use a beaker bar or something like that...

I think I'll try ramming a screwdriver through it (freak there's already a hole in one side) and try and use that for some leverage....







freeeeaaaaak.....
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this is what it looked like when I got the mo fo off.....





waaaaaaaaaay too much work....
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You penn-soiled your motor? Dude, pennzoil and quaker state are the two of the worst motor oils ever. I have seen these 2 motor oils gunk the crap out more motors than I care to recount.... Castrol, havoline, valvoline, mobile, or mobile 1, or even better: Amsoil, are the oils to use.
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Plus 1 ....Those 2 oils will leave 2 inches of crud in an engine....Plug up drain holes etc. etc. etc.
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Yea, I remember you saying that before....


The reason pennzoil was in there was...I took my car to the most reputable lube shop here in town.....I didn't realize they use such bad oil....needless to say, I'm never going back there....


but I just filled her up with Mobile 1.....and that's what I'm stickin' with
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Dang thats funny.
Glad you got it off.

I use BMW, or MANN filter. $8 v $4
New Mobil 1, 15-50 $23 5qt at walmart
copper crush washers from stealership or autozone

Ive got slightly different wrench than pictured.
hard to get it on off, around the filter but it works.
I think your only supposed to go 1/8-1/4 of a turn after the gasket hits the block.
Some shops go too tight, they will also screw up/strip the fill plug threads without using new crush washer. I reuse it a few times then replace.
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Some shops go too tight, they will also screw up/strip the fill plug threads without using new crush washer.
This has already happened to me....they stripped the pan....(no on believes me when I say they stripped the pan and not the plug......but believe me, they stripped the pan....) I stopped going to that shop too....not to mention they put the wrong oil in it AFTER I told what kind I wanted, and they stripped the hex dif plug too, and then lied to me and said they checked the dif fluid....neither me, or anywhere else could get the dif plug out.....I had to replace the dif cover.......booo

no more lube shops for me
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srsly. no lube shops period.
No one cares about your car like you do.
I don't even like leaving my car at the shop to mount new tires or get an alignment... (the only stuff I can't do)
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wo i've never seen a filter that mangled before.
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ya i have seen engines inside turn yellow from the amount of wax left behind from penzoil...more wax waxoil lol

but ya i have had filters stuck on like this, it sucks, thats the way the E30 was when i got it...
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